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Common House Spiders
Common House Spiders is the most frequently encountered spider within homes. These spiders become a nuisance because they build so many webs throughout structures.
- Color: Yellowish-brown with a dirty-white abdomen with many stripes
- Legs: 8
- Shape: Elongated abdomen
- Size: 1/8 – 1/16"
- Antennae: None
- Region: Throughout the U.S.
- Habits: House spiders randomly select web sites, and when the web fails in capturing prey, they abandon it and build another in a different location. The female produces up to 17 brownish silken sacs in her lifetime each of which contains approximately two hundred and fifty eggs.
- Habitat: Areas of higher humidity are preferred for web construction, upper areas of garages, ceiling/wall junctures, around windows, and door frames, basements, garages and crawlspaces. Outdoors, webs are built around windows and doors, near lights and under eaves. These spiders will eat a wide variety of insects especially small flies.
- Threats: House spiders do not pose any threat to humans.