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jumping spider

Description

Jumping Spider

Pest Stats

Color

Usually black, sometimes brown, tan, or gray, and usually with pale markings.

Legs

8

Shape

Compact with relatively short legs

Size

Adult body length about 1/8 – ¾” (4-18 mm)

Antennae

No

Region

Found throughout U.S.

Habits

Jumping have the best eyesight of all spider species and can detect movement up of 18” in the distance. However, they have very poor night vision. They are active in the daytime and prefer sunshine. They hunt prey by ambushing it and pouncing on it. Jumping spiders lays eggs that are suspended like a hammock on their retreat’s wall. They eat insects such as worms, stinkbugs, leafhoppers and mosquitoes.

Habitat

Jumping spiders live in a wide variety of habitats from forests to deserts to Mount Everest. They do not create webs to snare prey, they build retreats which are used for molding, hibernation, nighttime seclusion and laying eggs. Jumping spiders will sometimes build a new retreat for each activity. In the outdoors, they can be found in vegetation, between leaves, and under loose bark. They may occasionally find themselves indoors by hitchhiking on clothes, blankets, or plants that come inside from outside. Once inside, they will find retreat in drapery, books, wood floors, and door and window moldings.

Threats

Jumping spiders can be a beneficial insect because they feed on a variety of insects. They are not considered harmful to humans. Although they can bite and produce venom, it is very rare because they tend to flee from humans rather than attack. Symptoms that follow the bite can include mild pain, itching, and swelling.

Jumping Spider Prevention

If you suspect a jumping spider infestation, call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection* immediately. This is the safest and most effective way to get rid of wolf spiders. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.

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