Spider Identification and Removal Tips

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How Did I Get Spiders In My Home?

Spiders can get inside homes through cracks on the foundation, torn screens, small openings around doors and windows. Spiders enter homes in search of warmth and food such as insects and other spiders. 

How Do I Get Rid of Spiders?

  • Sealing cracks on the foundation
  • Replace torn window and door screens
  • Close small openings around doors and windows
  • Sweep up or vacuum spider webs found in corners on ceilings and baseboards

Size: 3/4 inch

Color: Light Brown or Gray

Appearance: Small with long thin legs

Habits and Habitat

Family Theridiidae

Family Araneidae

Family Theridiidae 

Family Sicariidae


Size: 1/4 inch - 1/2 inch long

Family Lycosidae




Size: Female (left image) 3/8 inch - 1 3/8 inch. Male (right image) 1/4 inch - 3/4 inch

Color: Usually brown but some are black with pale yellow stripes

Appearance: Robust and large

Habits and Habitat

Wolf Spiders are nocturnal creatures. Unlike most spiders, the female wolf spider do not make webs to capture food but as a shelter for younglings. The purpose of the male wolf spider is to mate with the female. After mating, the male is either eaten by the female or lives to mate with another female. The female carries her egg sacs on top of her abdomen and each egg sac contains approximately 100 eggs. During the day, they rest and at night they leave their home to hunt for food. Wolf spiders eat a variety of insects making them beneficial. The reason these spiders are called "wolf" spiders is because just live wolves, they hunt and chase their prey. When it comes to hunting for food or seeking shelter, wolf spiders sometimes accidentally enter structures and once they do enter, they will stay. Once inside, these spiders hide under furniture, doors, windows, and basements. Outside, they can be found under stones, firewood, and open fields. They will even make themselves a burrows.  

Wolf spiders are harmless to humans but will bite if they are threatened. The venom that the spiders carry is not dangerous unless the victim who is bitten has a allergic reaction to the venom. Symptoms of a wolf spider bite are redness, swelling, itching and mild pain.

Family Miturgidae

Yellow Sac spiders are known to bite multiple times than any other spider. The bite is not life threatening but it can be painful and the venom can mildly damage skin tissues. Symptoms of a yellow sac spider bite are redness, a burning sensation, slow healing, and slight swelling at the bitten area. If you are bitten by a Yellow Sac spider, use disinfectant to cleanse the bite and prevention an infection. Collect the spider and bring it with you when seeing a physician. 

Family Theraphosidae

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