There are many different species of jumping spiders, but they all have similar characteristics. Unlike other spiders, the jumping spider does not weave webs, but they still produce silk. Another defining characteristic is that the jumping spider has 8 eyes. They have impeccable eyesight and are incredibly agile. They mainly live outdoors, but can be accidentally carried into the home. Their venom is not usually medically threatening to humans, and they rarely bite. If you see these spiders around your home call Nashville Pest Control to correctly identify the spider and to come up with the best way to get rid of the problem for you.
Appearance and Life-cycle:
The jumping spider can be black, brown, tan, or grey. They typically have pale or white markings on their bodies and legs. Their bodies are compact with 8 short legs. They can be anywhere from a 1/8th of an inch to 3/4th of an inch long. These spiders are known for having 8 eyes, which gives them incredible eyesight.
Habitat and Behavior:
The jumping spider is mainly active during the day. They have excellent eyesight which helps make them successful predators. They can jump as high as 25 times their own size.
These spiders do not weave webs, but still produce silk. They use the silk to mark retreats, protect their eggs, and might even use it as a drag line to control their fall when they jump.
Mainly, they stick to living outside in grass and vegetation. Jumping spiders live in abundance in grassland or prairie environments. In addition, they prey on other types of insects, for example worms and stinkbugs. Generally, they will only come inside if they are accidentally carried in on a person or a plant. They are good at hiding, so they can be hard to find.
Level of Danger:
These spiders are not dangerous to people. Their venom is not strong enough to do any damage to humans and they rarely bite. This spider is more likely to flee than fight. If you are bitten, it is still important to go see a medical professional, and if possible, capture the spider and bring it to the medical professional to ensure the correct treatment is being administered.
Signs of Infestation:
You are not likely to find these spiders inside of your home. You are much more likely to find them in your yard. The best sign of a jumping spider infestation in your yard is seeing the jumping spider.
The best way to prevent them from becoming a problem is to implement a year-round pest control program. It is also important to seal all of the gaps in the foundation and around the doors and windows. You should also be aware of the possibility of carrying these spiders in your home accidentally after being outside.
If you think you have a jumping spider problem in your yard or your home, make sure to call the professionals at Nashville Pest Control to correctly identify the spider and to determine the most efficient way to get rid of the problem.