clellar spider with small spiderlings

Cellar Spiders

Cellar spiders are usually found in dark corners of cellars, crawl spaces, and garages. They are very long-legged and often confused with daddy-long-legs. However, they are true spiders that spin untidy webs which are often quite extensive.

 These are the spider webs that Hollywood creates in bad horror films. When disturbed, they characteristically vibrate or shake in the web. Female cellar spiders carry eggs by her jaws in a loose silk sac until they hatch. Female long-bodied cellar spiders produce about three egg sacs over a lifetime, each containing 13-60 eggs each. Once the eggs hatch the spider lings crawl onto the mother's body for a short time. Development from egg to adult usually takes about one year. Adult cellar spiders may live for an additional two years.

 
In instances where cellar spiders are pests, it is due to the large amounts of webbing they produce. Many species of spiders consume their old web before making a new one, but cellar spiders do not. They continuously add to it, creating large amounts of webbing which becomes a nuisance to remove. Cellar spiders construct loose haphazard webs, often in corners, to catch insect prey. They hang upside down on the web until a food item gets tangled.

Haley Pest Control offers Pest Control and Termite Control in Lawrence, KS  and in Topeka, Kansas, Baldwin, Eudora, Overland Park, Olathe, Lenexa, Leawood, Shawnee Mission, Stanley, Ottawa, Kansas City, Basehor, Linwood, Tonganoxie, Mclouth, and Perry-Lecompton.  We offer Pest Management and Exterminator services for the following counties: Douglas, Johnson, Jefferson, Franklin, Shawnee, Wyandotte and Leavenworth, KS.

Cellar spider hanging upside down


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