Over 4,000 different species of spiders are living in the United States right now. Does this shock you? Spiders get a bad wrap most of the time. Yes, they are creepy and some are potentially deadly if they bite. However, more often than not, the majority of spiders living in the average home are not poisonous. In fact, they are pretty harmless except for the skin-crawling feelings they give us. Here are six common house spiders that you might come face to face with inside your home.
American House Spiders (Parasteatoda Tepidariorum)
This spider has a yellow-brown appearance with a typically white belly. They oftentimes have brown spots as well! Many people can confuse this little guy with a brown recluse. However, the American House Spider is far less scary and dangerous, and typically hangs out in areas such as basements, closets, and under furniture.
Domestic House Spiders (Tegenaria Domestica)
The Domestic House Spider typically appears dark brown and orange with bands/stripes around its legs. Much like the American House Spider, the Domestic House Spider prefers to be left alone and can be found under furniture, in garages, and other undisturbed areas in your home.
Jumping House Spiders (Salticidae)
The Jumping Spider has been known to give people quite the fright. Just like a cricket, the Jumping Spider is able to project itself into the air and “jump” from place to place when startled. Don’t worry though, they are usually happy loners who only begin jumping when they are scared. Just like their other spider friends, they prefer to hang out in dark, quiet places in your home.
Granddaddy Longlegs (Harvestmen)
The Granddaddy Longleg is one of the most frequently found pests in a home. Good chances are that you or your kids have found and played with a Granddaddy Longleg at least once. As of April 2017, over 6,650 species of harvestmen have been discovered worldwide! These little guys love damp places and are known for their speed when startled.
Yellow Sac House Spiders (Cheiracanthium Inclusum)
The Yellow Sac Spider usually appears just as its name describes – yellow. One distinct physical trait that the Yellow Sac Spider displays is that its two front legs are usually longer than the other legs. These little pests like to hang out in walls, under furniture, and just about anywhere in between.
Hobo House Spider (Eratigena Agrestis)
The Hobo Spider is usually dark brown or orange with a white stripe on its chest. These guys are known for their funnel shaped webs. They too enjoy quiet, dark places in and around your home and will only bite if provoked.
Unlike their poisonous relatives, these six common house spiders are harmless nuisances. In fact, they do a pretty good job of keeping other pest populations under control around your home. However, if you are tired of running into these common house spiders all the time, we can help!