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If you have seen a number of dull brown spiders, many times with a sort of spotty appearance on the back, then you could very well have House Spiders in your home. The American House Spider is one of the most common pests in the United States and they are found in homes across the country. In addition to homes, they are found in buildings like garages, businesses, out buildings and more.
Many people are afraid of spiders, and they don't want any species in their home or on their property. However, the common House Spider is not a species known for biting or posing a significant threat to people.
That being said, too many spiders leaving webs makes a home look messy and can be a symptom of an underlying pest problem. Contact Ehrlich Pest Control today and get a property inspection to get rid of spiders today.
The spider known as the Common House Spider or the American House spider is from the Parasteatoda tepidariorum family of arachnids. They are in most homes across the country and they create messy webs in just about any room inside homes and businesses. They live close to humans and are known to be so fearless of humans that they will allow hands near their webs much closer than other spiders.
They are dull brown in color and most of them have spots and patterns of lighter colored marking on their legs and abdomen.
Their bodies are usually about 6mm long, but sometimes they can grow quite a bit bigger, up to an inch.
Their colors usually allow them to blend better into the background since they are generally shy and prefer to hide instead of attacking or being aggressive.
The American House Spider has a roundish body that sometimes resembles the shape of a Black Widow, without the traditional markings of the Widow. They even create the messy webs associated with Black Widows and Brown Recluse spiders, but they are not considered toxic like those species.
House spiders are not known for being aggressive. They have been studied and it has been shown that they have extremely poor eyesight, only capable of seeing a few inches in front of itself. They also spend their lives in very close proximity to humans and this has helped earn their name.
When a large threat, such as a human, approaches the web, the House Spider will retreat from it. If the threat persists, they will feign death to try and dissuade the threat from attacking. If that doesn’t work, the spider will drop down from the web and run away, spending days away from its web only to return when it is sure the threat is gone.
Both male and female spiders will occupy the same web, which is relatively unique in the world of spiders. In fact, males may find they have several females building webs around them and females in close proximity to each other might fight.
House spiders prefer to hide and build webs in corners or beneath window sills. Unlike some other species, they are still quite common inside dwellings during the cold winter months.
A House Spider will sometimes lay still for very long periods, within their webs, crammed into a corner, until prey becomes available, which often happens during the winter months.
Do House Spiders bite? The answer is that virtually every single species of true spider has fangs and will bite to defend themselves if attacked or handled in some way. Of course, there are species who are much more aggressive about it, but even the most docile spider does not want to be picked up, handled or squeezed.
That means that the Common House Spider will bite, but it is extremely rare. As stated before, they are often willing to let humans approach their webs. They prefer to run instead of attack. It takes a lot for a House Spider to bite and it would generally require a person to grab the spider and squeeze it for the spider to bite.
Are House Spider bites toxic? Although it is rare for the House Spider to bite, their bites do carry some potency and might be quite painful. In fact, those who have managed to get bitten by the House Spider may experience some symptoms similar to those bitten by a Black Widow and may include severe pain.
If you do get bitten by a House Spider and have any concerns about it, seek medical attention from a doctor and do attempt to bring the spider with you so that it can be correctly identified and the right treatment given.
If you find that you have a large number of House Spiders or some other species of spider around your home, you may need professional spider control services. Ehrlich Pest Control has been taking care of spider infestations around homes or businesses for decades now. Contact Ehrlich today and tell us what kinds of spiders you are seeing and where they are and we will get a specialist out to your property to discuss a treatment plan with you.