Do Giant House Spiders Bite?
The giant house spider is among the world’s fastest invertebrates, easily making up to 20 inches (i.e. one-half of a metre) per second. These spiders are real hitchhikers and commonly they make their way into your place by hiding in comfy boxes or spacious belongings. So do house spiders bite? The short answer is yes and no, please, continue reading to decide it for yourself.
The giant house spider is the bigger cousin of the House spider (Tegenaria Domestica) and can be discovered living behind the fireplace, under the couch, or in the bath.
When these spiders are seen inside homes they usually are somewhere on or close to the floor, but they can also be found on walls, ceilings, in cabinets, tubs, showers and the dark corners of basements. When found outside around human structures, it is often in darker areas, such as flower beds, under logs, rock piles and other sheltered sites.
The giant house spider is generally dark orange, brown or beige. Their smooth belly is covered in brown, beige and gray spots and their legs seem to be hairless.
Body length: approximately 5/8 in (i.e. 1.6 cm)
Leg span: as much as 3 in (i.e. 7.5 cm)
- Spiders have blue blood, along with snails and lobsters. This is due to high concentrations of circulating copper.
- Female giant home spiders can live for a number of
years, and both female and male can survive for months without
food or water.
- Many people are afraid of spiders. Arachnophobia is an intense fear of spiders as well as other arachnids such as scorpions. Symptoms include intense anxiety, avoidance of places known to have spiders, sweating and increased heart rate.
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