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Huntsman Spider Control: Protect Your Home

Appearance

What Do Huntsman Spiders Look Like?
Size: Though their bodies typically measure 1 inch, their legs add an additional 5 inches to their total length.

Color: Huntsman spiders appear in various shades of brown. Their most distinguishing characteristic is the lightly colored band on their heads, sometimes jokingly called a mustache due to its placement. The spiders also have black spots on their legs.

Characteristics: Female huntsmen are typically larger than males, and both sexes have flattened bodies that allow the spiders to fit into surprisingly tight spaces. They are ambush predators and do not construct webs.

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Facts

  • Distribution: Sometimes called banana spiders, huntsman spiders are primarily found in isolated regions of the United States, including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, and California.
  • Habitat: They thrive in tropical regions of the world and were introduced to North America via fruit shipments and other imports, hence their alternative name.
  • Name: As their common name implies, huntsman spiders are excellent hunters and keep nuisance insect populations in check.
  • Size: Unusually large, the appearance of these spiders is often unnerving to people.

Food

What Do Huntsman Spiders Eat?
Most huntsman spiders primarily feed on insects and other small invertebrates.

Cockroaches are one of their favorite meals, which makes the presence of huntsmen beneficial to homeowners willing to coexist with the spiders.

Biology

Life Cycle
Females carry egg sacs around until their young spiderlings hatch. Afterward, the baby spiders spend several weeks near their mother.

They molt several times before reaching maturity and then venture off on their own.

Detection

  • Hatchlings: May notice hatchlings indoors.
  • Walls: Look for adult spiders on interior walls.
  • Hiding: Be alert for huntsmen hiding under bark, leaf piles, and even in automobiles.

Problems Caused by Huntsman Spiders

Bites
The huntsman spider is not particularly dangerous. Their bites, while painful, do not contain venom poisonous to humans. Huntsman spiders usually only bite when threatened, so occurrences are most common when females are guarding their eggs.

Nuisance
Other problems arise from misidentification and people’s inherent fear of spiders. Similar in appearance to the dangerous brown recluse, huntsmen can be deemed poisonous by mistake, and humans are frequently put off by the large size of the arachnid.

Signs of Infestation

Homeowners are typically alerted to huntsman spider infestations when they encounter adults.

Easily Hidden
However, with a flattened body and the ability to enter small cracks and crevices, huntsmen are not easily spotted until they come out to ambush their prey.

Additionally, as the spiders do not build webs, infestations often go unnoticed for significant amounts of time.

Prevention Tips

Exclusion
Sealing possible entry points helps keep huntsman spiders out of homes, including:

  • Cracks in the foundation.
  • Open spaces around pipes and electrical wiring.
  • Gaps in both window and door frames,

Restrict Food
Since the arachnids feed on various insect pests, maintaining general cleanliness restricts food availability.

Eliminate Moisture
Eliminating areas of built up moisture can also effectively reduce the possibility of attracting huntsmen.

Tips for Removal from Home

Call the Professionals
Due to the huntsman spider’s large size, homeowners often find the prospect of living with them quite unappealing. In order to successfully and properly eliminate possible huntsman spider infestations, contact a trained pest removal specialist.

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