Cellar Spider Identification Guide

What Are Cellar Spiders?

Cellar spiders are a common invader of homes and other buildings. They live throughout the United States. Their appearance often causes people to confuse cellar spiders with daddy longlegs. But, daddy longlegs, are not true spiders while cellar spiders are a true species of spider.
 
Cellar spiders have a small body, cylindrical abdomen, and distinctive long, skinny legs. They range in color from pale yellow, tan, gray, to light brown.

cellar spider on wall

Are Cellar Spiders Dangerous?

Cellar spiders are nuisance spiders. They are not known to bite people. If a bite did occur, their venom is not strong enough to cause us health problems. Having these eight-legged creatures living in our homes is more annoying than dangerous. Cellar spiders continuously build unsightly webs and, once-living inside a home or other structures, they are difficult to get rid of.

Why Do I Have A Cellar Spider Problem?

Cellar spiders are most active in yards and homes that provide them with suitable living conditions and plenty of food (insects and spiders). In addition to following their prey inside, cellar spiders move inside of homes and other buildings when their environment outside becomes too hot and dry. Cellar spiders thrive in areas of high humidity.

Where Will I Find Cellar Spiders?

Outside, cellar spiders live and build their loose irregular shaped webs in caves, rock piles, woodpiles, and under decks. They are also seen gathering around outdoor lights which many pests find attractive.
 
Cellar spiders that have found their way inside, take up residence in damp dark areas like basements, crawl spaces, laundry rooms, bathrooms, and storage areas. Cellar spiders are those spiders that you see hanging upside down in their webs waiting for prey to come along.

How Do I Get Rid Of Cellar Spiders?

To get rid of cellar spiders and keep them from returning your best bet is to get help from a professional pest control expert. The technicians at Albemarle Termite & Pest Control are highly trained and dedicated to exceeding customer expectations. As a local and family-owned business we can provide safe and effective services at an affordable price. If you want to eliminate cellar spiders or other pests from your property, call Albemarle Termite & Pest Control today!

How Can I Prevent Cellar Spiders In The Future?

You can avoid problems with cellar spiders and many other nuisance pests with the help of the following prevention tips.

  • Keep storage areas clutter-free and organized.

  • Use dehumidifiers to keep humidity levels in your home low and basements dry.

  • Ventilate crawl spaces.

  • Seal entry points in the foundation, exterior walls, and roofline of your home.

  • Repair damaged screens.

  • Replace white outdoor lights with yellow lights or LED lights that are less attractive to insects and spiders.

  • Keep outdoor lights off whenever possible.

 

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