Color: Pale yellow to light brown or gray
Shape: Long skinny legs with a small body
Region: Found throughout U.S.
Harvestmen are one of several organisms commonly referred to as “daddy-long-legs” because of their very long, thin legs.
Daddy-long-legs have no venom gland nor the ability to produce silk and therefor can not build webs. They are not spiders. Many species are omnivores and eat small insects, plant material, fungi, and dead organisms.
They are usually found in dark and damp places, such as cellars, basements, and crawl spaces, corners of garages, sheds, barns, warehouses, on eaves, windows, and ceilings, in closets, sink cabinets, and bathrooms
Cellar spiders do not pose a threat to humans. While they are commonly found in homes, they usually stay in one place. They are not known to bite. Urban legend has it that their venom is of the most deadly of spiders, but their weak mouthparts keep them from injecting venom into humans. While it is correct that they cannot successfully bite, their venom is not very potent.
Seal cracks around doors and windows and use screens. Use Yellow bug light bulbs on exterior fixtures. Encapsulating basements to lower humidity will discourage spiders.
- On January 10, 2020