What is a House Spider?
The common house spider gets its name from the fact that it is usually the spider most often encountered indoors. It is a nuisance pest, probably more because of its webs than the spider itself. The house spider is found worldwide and is common throughout the United States and Canada
Female house spiders lay about 250 eggs in a silken sac that is brownish in color and round in shape. There may be more than one sac in the web at a time. A female house spider may produce up to 17 sacs, containing a total of more than 3,760 eggs, in her lifetime. The eggs hatch in about 7-10 days. Adults may live for a year or more.
How to Identify House Spiders
What do House Spiders look like?
Adult female house spiders have an almost spherical abdomen and are roughly 3/16-5/16″ (5-8 mm) in length. Their male counterparts have elongated abdomens and are about 1/8-3/16″ (3.8-4.7 mm) in length. For both females and males, the color is highly variable. House spiders have eight eyes with two lateral pairs almost touching. The last tarsal segment of the fourth pair of legs has a row of serrated bristles.
Signs of an Infestation
Signs of house spider infestations include seeing the spider and its webs.
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