If possible, save a good sample specimen of the spiders you see – this will help us target the places that the particular species usually calls home. To capture a specimen, find a large-mouthed glass jar and a piece of poster board large enough to cover the jar mouth. Place the jar over the spider, slide the paperboard under the mouth of the jar. When the spider is in the jar, hold the paper over the lid and invert the jar. The spider will not be strong enough to lift the paperboard, and will be contained until we arrive.
Brown Recluse Spider
Brown Recluse SpiderIn the mature brown recluse spider as well as some other species of recluse spiders, the dark violin marking is well defined, with the neck of the violin pointing toward the bulbous abdomen.
Cellar SpiderCellar spiders are frequently found in dark, damp places such as cellars, basements, crawl spaces, and outbuildings. They typically construct a loose, irregular-shaped web in a dark corner. Cellar spiders continually add to their web, which can result in extensive webbing.
Cellar SpiderThese hunting spiders are fast runners that will chase their prey. Wolf spiders are hairy and often large, up to 1-3/8 inches long, sometimes confused with tarantulas. Their legs are long and spiny. Many are dark brown.
Granddaddy Long Legs
Granddaddy Long LegsDaddy-long-legs, also known as harvestmen, are very commonly confused with spiders due to their general appearance & eight legs, are neither spiders nor insects. They do not bite humans, & they are not poisonous (they lack venom glands). They do not construct webs.
Funnel SpiderFunnel web spiders construct large, flat, horizontal webs of nonstick silk. The web contains a funnel at one end that serves as the spider’s retreat. The funnel is open at both ends so the spider can readily escape.
Jumping SpiderJumping spiders are very common around the home & can be easily identified by the 2 large (front central, like 2 headlights) eyes. They catch flying prey by attaching silk to a substrate and leap into the air. Should they miss a landing site, they simply haul themselves back up the launch site & reuse the bungee.