Color: Pale yellow to light brown or gray
Shape: Long skinny legs with a small body
Region: Entire US
Long-bodied cellar spiders are one of several organisms that are sometimes referred to as “daddy-long-legs”. Cellar spiders live in dark and moist places.
Cellar spiders build webs in corners or dark, damp buildings. They hang upside down on the underside of the web. The webs are not cleaned but instead a new web is continually added. This habit can result in extensive webbing in a relatively short time.
The spiders and their webs 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