They’re some of the most feared creatures in the world, and it’s around this time each year when they try to invade your home… Spiders! Whether it’s the eight eyes or eight legs, there aren’t many things scarier than seeing one of these creepy-crawly pests scurrying along your walls or ceiling.
The fact is, spiders are a threat to your home. They can contaminate your food, they (and their webs) can cause health issues, they’re a nuisance to your pets, and they’re scary! Protecting your home from an arachnid infestation is important. The first step in doing so is spider identification. Here are the 5 most common house spiders in Washington, and how you can identify them!
Funnel Weavers (Family Agelenidae)
The funnel weaver is arguably the most common house spider in Washington. They’re brown in color and do not grow larger than 1½ inches in length. They’re most easily identified by the funnel-shaped webs they spin in the corners of your windows, walls, and under your furniture.
They can bite (and only do so in self-defense), they are not venomous to us, but if they or their webs are seen in your house, preventative measures should be taken right away.
Jumping Spiders (Family Salticidae)
Next on our list is the jumping spider, the largest family of spider in Washington State. They grow to be about a ½ inch in length. They’re best identified via their hairy legs, and eye pattern where the front set of eyes is significantly larger than the other sets.
They do bite but are not venomous. Because of their fear of humans, dogs, and cats, they’re not a huge threat, but they can be scary. This spider is most commonly seen hopping along on ceilings and windowsills.
Hobo Spider (Family Agelenidae)
This is another funnel-weaving spider that is often mistaken with the very dangerous brown recluse spider. There are some differences, however. First, the hobo spider has brown and yellow markings on its backside that the brown recluse does not have. Also, the hobo spider is much smaller, coming in at just over ½ inch at its largest!
The hobo spider only bites in defense and is (most likely) not venomous, though some people have reported very bad reactions to supposed bites from these wandering spiders. Because they do not climb well, they dwell mostly on the ground meaning they can be a bother to your pet.
The Common House Spider (Family Achaearanea)
Living up to its name, the common house spider is another one of the most popular spiders in all of Washington. They don’t grow to be huge, and their color varies. The easiest way to identify this spider is by their rounded abdomen and their back two sets of eyes, which appear to be touching.
This spider doesn’t bite, but they do reproduce at a rapid rate. In a single lifetime, the female can produce up to 18 sacs holding nearly 4,000 eggs! If you find one common house spider in your home, there’s a good chance there are more where that one came from.
Sac Spiders (Family Clubionidae)
The sac spider is best known for his hunting ability, not his web spinning. They’re not super aggressive spiders, but they will bite if they feel threatened, and their bite hurts (but it is not life-threatening). These spiders are most commonly seen at night, crawling on walls and across ceilings. Their long legs both in the front and back most easily identify them.
If you’ve seen one of these spiders inside your home, contact the professionals at Colonial. Don’t deal with them alone! With our perimeter pest control service, our team will lay down an invisible barrier around your home to keep these nasty pests, and others, OUTSIDE where they belong!
Contact us here or give us a call at (509) 966-1655 to hear more. Give your home and your loved ones the protection they deserve and call us today!