Facts, Identification & Control
Up to 3/4″ in body length, with an extremely thin body structure. Pale yellowish, light brown or grey. Their extremely long legs make these spiders appear much larger and give them their nickname of “daddy long legs”.
Cellar spiders prefer dark, damp areas such as crawl spaces, basements and shed, although they may be found around doorways, in warehouses and sometimes in garages of homes. They hang upside down in their webs. When disturbed, they shake their web violently. They are not dangerous and are actually quite helpful in that they have been known to capture and eat other spiders, including black widows and brown recluses.
Like all spiders, cellar spiders will kill and eat almost any insect.
Spider control efforts should include regular removal of cellar spiders with a vacuum, brush or broom helps limit their numbers. Seal cracks and holes in your home’s exterior and install tight-fitting screens in foundation and attic vents. In cases involving considerable numbers of spiders, a spider control professional should be consulted.
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