Ever looked up at the ceiling of your bedroom and noticed that someone’s redecorated the corner with loose white threads? If you have, you can probably thank your new roommate, the house spider!
The common house spider is just that – very commonly found in our homes. They are pretty harmless, though if one bites you (because you touched it!), there may be slight pain at the bite site. Having a small number of these spiders around the house can be useful since they eat other tiny pests like mosquitoes, flies and moths. However, even small populations will leave empty webs throughout your house – if one web isn’t catching the best and juiciest prey, they’ll set up shop elsewhere and hope for better luck.
What do they look like?
House spiders are pretty small – about ½ inch long, with a gray, dark brown, or black velvet-textured look. Several different spiders are considered house spiders, and they are all very similar to each other.
Where do they like to live?
House spiders prefer someplace quiet and secluded. You can find them indoors in windows, ceiling corners, beneath light fixtures. Outside, they like to live under gutters and eaves, and around brickwork, sheds, rocks and window frames.
What about their bite?
House spiders are poisonous (in order to kill their food), but not dangerous to people. They are not aggressive, but will bite you if touch them. Their bite can be a little painful, but not serious. No big worries with the house spider!