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House Spider


Actual Size: 1″ long, 2″ legs

Characteristics: Gray-brown to dark brown; two dark stripes on the head and thorax.

Legs: 8

Habitat: Usually found in quiet undisturbed areas of gardens, backyards, sheds, homes, attics, and any other man-made structure.


  • Builds cobwebs that are made up of crisscrossed strands of sticky silk.
  • The most common spider in North America and can live up to seven years.
  • If webs do not yield prey, the webs are abandoned and a new site is chosen.

House Spiders in Salina

Most often encountered indoors, the house spider is a nuisance pest because of its webs more than the spider itself. A house spider’s web is often called a cobweb and is made up of many crisscrossing strands of sticky silk. Cobwebs are generally found in corners of rooms and ceilings. A house spider is an excellent trapper, preying on any insect that is unfortunate enough to walk or fly into its sticky web. If their webs do not yield prey, the webs are abandoned and a new site is chosen. The domestic or common house spider is the most common spider in Salina homes.

House Spider Habitat

Common house spiders can be found in gardens, backyards, basements, attics, barns, sheds, and any other type of man-made structure. They like living in quiet, undisturbed areas where moisture and food are available. If left undisturbed, house spiders can live as long as seven years in the same web in places like attics, basements, and garages. Outdoor female house spiders tend to die off in the cold; males rarely live longer than a year.

House Spider Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Domestic house spiders move quickly, are not aggressive, and typically retreat when confronted. If cornered or threatened, house spiders may bite. If bitten, the symptoms may include slight pain, swelling, and itching. House spiders do not cause any property damage and are actually beneficial as they eat other pests that may cause damage, such as termites, carpenter ants, moths, and stink bugs.

If you are dealing with a common house spider problem, always contact your local spider exterminators.

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