There are over 35,000 species of spiders in the world, many of which can enter the home. Below is an alphabetical list compiled to identify the most common spiders you might find in or around the house in the US. The descriptions are brief and only cover the most common physcial characteristics. We have also included a danger column to represent spider bite severity and a picture identification chart. If you are having problems with spiders in the house, please see our general discussion on how to get rid of spiders, or select one of the species below for more information.
Common House Spiders & Spider Identification
|Name||Danger Level||General Description|
|Banana Spider||Moderate||Solid yellow abdomen, white carapace|
|Black Widow||High||Shiny black, red hour glass on abdomen|
|Brown Recluse||High||Brown or yellow with violin on carpapace|
|Cellar Spider||None||Light brown with, skinny abdomen with long legs|
|Common House Spider||Low||Brown, spherical abdomen with darker markings|
|Daddy Long Legs||None||Brown, very long legs, oval shaped body|
|Garden Spider||Moderate||Black and yellow abdomen, white carapace|
|Hobo Spider||High||Hairy legs, herringbone pattern on abdomen|
|Jumping Spider||Low||Relatively small, dark hairy legs and abdomen|
|Nursery Web Spider||Low||Brown or yellow, dark band across carapace|
|Yellow Sac Spider||Moderate||Relatively small, yellow or green abdomen|
|Wolf Spider||Moderate||Grey, hairy legs, dark stripe across carpapace|
For spider control it is always best to identify spiders, their behaviors and their habitats prior to any treatment.