The zipper spider is also known as the yellow garden spider. As their name suggests, they are typically found outside in gardens and meadows. These spiders are easy to identify, because of the black and yellow coloring on their abdomens. They build strong, large webs outside and corners of doorways and porches. They are not aggressive, but might bite if they are threatened or disturbed in any way. If bitten, the bite is not typically harmful, but in rare cases, allergic reactions have happened. If you see these spiders around your home or yard, call the real Nashville Pest Control company to get rid of them for you.
Appearance and Life-cycle:
The zipper spider has a black and yellow abdomen and is covered in silver hairs. The legs are black with stripes that can be yellow to orange in color. The female can grow up to 30mm in length, but the males will only grow to be about 8 mm.
To mate, males tap on the web of a female to express their intent to mate with them. The male searches so intently during mating season for a female to mate with that they normally die from exhaustion and malnutrition after mating.
During the fall, these spiders lay brown silken egg sacs that can have 50 to several hundred eggs. It is spherical, but one end is narrower than the other. The baby spiders do not hatch from the egg sac until the spring. The female spiders typically die after laying eggs.
Habitat and Behavior:
A zipper spider will build their web in doorway corners, decks and porches, but they are more commonly found outside in gardens and meadows. During the fall, they might enter the home searching for prey.
The webs of the zipper spiders are circular with a zigzag pattern in the middle that helps attract prey to the web. They are known for their strong webs that can measure up to 60 cm in diameter. They do not have good eyesight, but are sensitive to the vibrations on the web. Zipper spiders hang upside down in the center of the web and wait for prey.
Once the spider catches its prey, it paralyzes the victim and drags it to the center of the web. They will liquify the prey with digestive enzymes before consuming it.
Level of Danger:
These spiders are not aggressive, but if they are threatened, they might bite. If bitten, it might sting and become red and swollen. In healthy adults, a bite should not cause any major health concerns, but an allergic reaction has occurred in rare cases.
Signs of Infestation:
The best sign of a zipper spider infestation is seeing the spider in doorways of your home or in your yard or garden.
The best way to prevent a zipper spider infestation is to seal any cracks near doorways and windows of your home. You might also see their web in your yard or garden.
If you see these spiders around your yard or home, it is best to call the real Nashville Pest Control to take care of the problem for you, because they can ensure that the problem is safely and properly handled.