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Domestic House Spider

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Domestic House Spider

The domestic house spider is commonly known as the barn funnel weaver in North America. It is a close relative of the hobo spider. Domestic house spiders can be found all over the world and in all 50 of the United States. 

What Do Domestic House Spiders Look Like?

Domestic house spiders are commonly brownish-gray in color with several different markings. They can grow up to one inch in length and their leg-span can reach up to two inches. 

Domestic House Spider Behavior

Domestic house spiders are funnel-web spiders. This means that they create webs that are flat, but have a funnel-shaped structure that reaches back into a sheltered area where the spider will sit and wait for its prey. When an unsuspecting victim happens on the web, tiny vibrations are sent to the spider who then rushes out to attack its prey and to drag it back to the end of the funnel to eat its meal. 

These funnel-webs, if left undisturbed, can become very large. If these webs are not productive, a domestic house spider will most likely just abandon the web and choose a new site to trap its prey.

Are Domestic House Spiders Dangerous?

Domestic house spiders are very quick but not aggressive and will retreat rather than attack if disturbed. If, however, a domestic house spider finds itself in a situation where it feels completely cornered, it may bite. Instances of this occurring are very rare. 

How To Protect Your Home From Domestic House Spiders

Domestic house spiders have little interest in you or your possessions, they are just looking for places to set up funnel-webs and trap prey. Keeping domestic house spiders from your home is relatively easy if you make sure that any holes  or cracks leading from outside into your home are patched or sealed. Clear or limit dense vegetation near your home. Keeping a tidy home clear of food crumbs and spills will help to keep pests like ants from your home which attract spiders. Make sure to regularly sweep and vacuum to remove any debris or tiny pests that may attract spiders. 

If you have tried these methods and are still experiencing an abnormal amount of domestic house spiders, call a pest specialist to conduct an inspection of your home.

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