A spider with long legs…must be a daddy longlegs right? Not so fast. It might be a cellar spider. Common to the Capital Region, cellar spiders are often found inside houses.
Cellar spiders have small bodies, eight long legs, and a gray or tan color. They often live close to other cellar spiders, resulting in fast population growth. Web growth can also occur quickly since they do not consume their old webs.
What Attracts Cellar Spiders
Cellar spiders like easy entry points such as gaps around doors or cracks in foundations. They also like areas where there are other insects to eat, such as near outdoor lights. When they’re not feeding, they like to hide out in dark, protected spaces like basements and attics.
Cellar Spider Prevention
To help prevent cellar spiders, keep the area around your home free of insects by keeping a clean exterior and by using a preventative treatment. Eliminate entry points by sealing all gaps and cracks in the exterior of your home. If you do see webs, remove them right away. It’s also a good idea to keep your home well-ventilated and the humidity under control.
Do you already have cellar spiders in your house? Contact us today to schedule a free inspection of your home. We service the greater Capital District area including Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties.