- Colour Usually black, sometimes brown, tan, or gray, and usually with pale markings of white, gray, yellow, red, blue and/or green
- Size Adult body length can be very small (4mm), but others may be as long as 20 mm
- Description Jumping spiders have a compact, hairy, robust body and four large, front-facing eyes. The most common species found in Canada, the bold jumper, has a black body, white-striped legs, and white triangular patches on the abdomen. Their fuzzy jaws are often neon green or blue.
- Notes When hunting they may jump around 25mm, but when threatened, jumping spiders may leap up to 20 times their body length.
Why do I have jumping spiders?
Jumping spiders thrive in woodlands, fields, and gardens, but can also be found indoors where they can build retreat webs (for molting, hibernation, night-time seclusion, and egg laying) under furniture, and in areas like curtain folds, on bookshelves, and around door and window moldings.
Rather than catching prey using their webs, these pests use their strong eyesight, fast movement, and ability to jump to pounce on flies, bees, mosquitoes, and other spiders.
How worried should I be about jumping spiders?
Jumping spiders can be helpful, since they prey on other insects. While they can bite, the jumping spider bite is not poisonous. If threatened, they tend to flee, rather than bite. But their rapid movements and ability to jump long distances can be alarming, especially to anyone with arachnophobia.
While there are certain precautions you can take to prevent a jumping spider infestation, it can be hard to keep them out. If you are worried about jumping spiders invading your home, contact a professional pest control service to stop these pests coming back for good.
How can I prevent jumping spiders invading?
Seal cracks in building exteriors and windows, Repair or replace screen doors, Vacuum around baseboards and under furniture, Reduce outdoor clutter, wood piles and ornamental rocks
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