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Cellar or Daddylonlegs Spiders

Length
1 - 8 mm

Color
Pale yellowish to light brown or gray

Biology
Female produces 3 egg sacs with 13-60 eggs each.

Sting
N/A

Habitat (Outdoor)
N/A

Habitat  (Indoor)
Found in dark and damp places such as cellars, garages, sheds, barns, ceilings, closets, sink cabinets, in corners next doors left open.

Food
Insects.

Domestic Spider - Achaearanea tepidariorum

Length
5 – 8 mm

Color
Yellowish brown

Biology
Female produces up to 17 sacs containing over 3760 eggs.

Sting
N/A

Habitat (Outdoor)
N/A

Habitat (Indoor)
Upper corners, under furniture, basements, garages, crawl spaces, in closets. They are common in corners near doors that stay open.

Food
Insects.

Tarantulas

Length
40-70 mm

Color
Dark brown to blackish 

Biology
Female mates each year and produces one egg sac. Each sac contains 800-850 eggs.

Sting
Not seriously poisonous to humans. Bites result in pinpricks with mild pain. Sensitive individuals may have more serious reactions but serious injury or deaths are not likely to occur.

Habitat (Outdoor)
Natural cavities in the ground, in old rodent burrows, under stones or debris on the ground, in cracks of trees.

Habitat (Indoor)
Mainly attics and humid areas such as dump basements and garages.

Food
Insects. Can live for up to 2 years on water without eating.

 

Black Widow Spider - Latrodectus spp.

Length
38-43 mm

Color
Black with 2 hourglass shaped marking 

Biology
The maximum number of sacs per female ranges from 6 to 21. The average number of eggs per sac is about 185 to 464. From egg to adult averages 1 year.

Sting
Venom is neurotoxin. The major symptoms are increased body temperature, blood pressure, profuse sweating and nausea.

Habitat (Outdoor)
Under stones, firewood piles, under decks, hollow stumps and trees, rodent burrows. Favorite places are barns, outhouses, hen houses, sheds, meter boxes, brick veneer, barrels & woodpiles.

Habitat (Indoor)
Garages and basements.

Food
Insects

Brown Recluse Spider - Loxosceles spp.

Length
6-12 mm

Color
Tan to dark brown

Biology
Female deposits 40-50 eggs. Eggs hatch in 25-39 days. From egg to adult averages 336 days.

Sting
Their venom produces necrosis resulting in an ulcerating type of sore. Symptoms include restlessness, fever & difficulty in sleeping.

Habitat (Outdoor)
Outdoor they are found around rocks, piles of inner tubes, utility boxes, woodpiles, under bark.

Habitat (Indoor)
Found in boxes, among papers, clothes, shoes, corners, underneath tables, in crevices such as those found along baseboards, doors, windows. Also, closets, attics, crawl spaces, basements.

Food
Insects