Jumping Spider

Order: Araneae

Scientific Name: Salticidae

Appearance: Covered in dense hair that is brown, tan or grey with more colorful markings, typically red, blue, or green

Size: 0.04-0.98 in.

 

What is a Jumping Spider?

Jumping spiders are among the most common spiders species. They are known for their colorful markings and large beady eyes that allow them to see better than any other spider. The name ‘jumping spider’ was coined due to their movement behavior. They can jump distances up to 10x their body size which aids them in being effective predators. 

Jumping spiders can live up to 2 years when conditions are preferable. Females will lay and protect their egg sacs until they hatch after 2-6 weeks. These sacs can hold up to 100 spider eggs each and females are able to produce multiple egg sacs in their lifetime. 

Why do I have Jumping Spiders?

Jumping spiders prefer the outdoors, but can find their way inside as they search for prey. They typically feed on small insects such as flies, stinkbugs, beetles, and other nuisance insects that may be inside your home. They may also find their way indoors by being brought in with furniture, or other belongings. 

Jumping spiders are not cause for concern as they are not harmful to humans and will flee upon detection. In small numbers they can actually be helpful in keeping other unwanted insects at bay inside the home. 

How do I get rid of Jumping Spiders?

It is recommended to prevent jumping spiders from coming indoors by ensuring entry points are properly sealed both from spiders and their prey. Since jumping spiders feed on other small insects, effectively controlling their food source will help deter them from coming indoors.

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