Cellar Spiders

Identification

  • Colour Pale tan and yellow to grey
  • Size Adult body length ranges from 2 mm to 8 mm long, with legs as long as 50 mm
  • Description Cellar spiders have long, thin legs, and depending on the type of species, either have a globular or elongated abdomen.
  • Notes Often referred to as daddy longlegs.

General Facts

Why do I have cellar spiders?

Cellar spiders are found year-round in warm, humid places, like cellars, warehouses, basements, crawl spaces, garages, caves, and other dark and quiet environments. They eat insects, other spiders, and are particularly fond of eating ants.

How worried should I be about cellar spiders?

Cellar spiders can live for about two years and produce up to 60 offspring. They do not actually cause structural damage to homes or other buildings, or pose health risks to humans. However, they are generally considered a pest and can be an alarming sight for anyone with arachnophobia. If you spot any cellar spiders or their webs around your home, you can use a vacuum to remove them, making sure to empty the debris into a sealable bin. However, for large infestations, it is best to contact a professional pest control service to remove these pests effectively.

How can I prevent cellar spiders invading?

Manage humidity levels with dehumidifiers, Ensure proper ventilation of cellars, Seal cracks around doors and windows, Change your outdoor lighting to yellow

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