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How To Remove Spider Egg Sacs

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Spider Egg Sacs In The Home

Of the around 3,400 species of spider that can be found in North America, the good majority are harmless to humans and can even be considered (though not classified as) a beneficial species in that they feed on the bugs in and around your home. Additionally, you may think that spiders in your home have found their way inside and should be returned to their natural home in the wild. 

Unfortunately, most spiders (around 95%) that you find in your home have never lived outdoors and any you may come across are just currently not as great as hiding as they normally are. If spiders are harmless and live in your home all the time anyway, should you be worried if you see a spider egg sac in your home? 

What’s Inside A Spider Egg Sac? 

Depending on the species, female spiders can produce between 100-400 eggs per sac. Most female spiders take great pains to protect these egg sacs, but will do so in different ways depending on the species. Some female spiders safeguard these egg sacs by hiding them in nests, others attach them to webs, some species carry their egg sacs in their mouthparts, and others still drag them along using the apparatus that they wield to spin webs. 

Recently hatched spiders remain in the egg sac and go through the larval stages while nestled safely inside. When they emerge from the egg sac, these spiderlings are still quite small and not sexually mature, however they do look like adult spiders. 

What Do Spider Egg Sacs Look Like?

Female spiders encase their eggs in silken egg sacs made from the same silk used to spin webs. The egg sacs themselves can differ greatly in appearance depending on the species, however, most spider egg sacs are white, cream, or brown in color. They can be smooth or fluffy, round, teardrop-shaped or even have spikes. Brown recluse spider egg sacs are off-white with a loose outer covering, while black widow female spiders lay gray egg sacs that have a spherical appearance. Brown recluse spiders can be found in late spring and throughout the summer, while black widows lay their eggs in their webs.

How To Remove Spider Eggs In The Home 

No matter the species of spider, or level of danger they pose to humans, each spider egg sac has the potential to introduce 100-400 new spiders into your home. Consequently, if you find a spider egg sac, you should try to remove it, or have it removed, as quickly as possible. You can use the hose attachment of your vacuum to suck up the egg sac and then quickly dispose of the contents of your vacuum so as not to just transfer this problem to another area of your home. Be aware that sometimes disturbing a spider egg sac with viable eggs can, in the moment, expel its contents, releasing hundreds of spiderlings into your home. 

If you don’t know if your spider eggs are of a poisonous variety, or you are worried about making your spider egg situation worse, call a pest professional to help you and treat your home for spiders. 

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