WE'RE OPEN 24/7

Cellar Spiders

Our cellar spider removal service is the best and safest way to rid your home or business of spiders for good.

Home / Pest Library / Cellar Spiders

OUR CELLAR SPIDER EXTERMINATORS GET RESULTS

When you need professional spider exterminators, turn to Terminix Canada. We permanently get rid of spiders so you can maintain a safe and healthy space.

Cellar Spider Identification

Size: 2 to 8 mm long (body).

Colour: Grey, light brown or pale yellow.

Description: These spiders have long, spindly legs and are either long-bodied or short-bodied.

Order/Family: Araneae/Pholcidae.

Scientific Name: Pholcus phalangioides.

Did You Know?

Cellar spiders are often confused with daddy longlegs because of their skinny bodies and long, spindly legs. 

Cellar Spider Biology

A native of the subtropics, the cellar spider mates year-round despite any seasonal changes. After taking a year to mature, this spider species can live for another two years. Female cellar spiders will hold between 20 to 30 eggs until they hatch. The young will shed and change their skin five or six times before they mature.

Cellar Spider Behaviour, Diet, Habitat and Life Cycle

Generally speaking, there are two cellar spider species in Canada – long-bodied and short-bodied. Long-bodied cellar spiders have a 2-inch leg span while the short-bodied variant has a 1/2-inch leg span. Both species have medium-sized eyes, bodies up to 8 mm long, and a colour that is grey, light brown or pale yellow. Constructing loose and irregular shaped webs, cellar spiders hang upside down in them as they wait for their prey.

Living for around two years on average, cellar spiders prefer to build their nests in close proximity of each other, creating web communities. They live primarily in basements and cellars, which is how they earned their name. Not only dwelling in these spaces, cellar spiders also nest in crawlspaces, closets, attics, rock piles and other environments that are both dark and offer plenty of humidity. This particular spider feasts on small moths, flies, mosquitoes, and other insects and small pests. When food is scarce, cellar spiders have also been known to eat each other too.

Wondering How To Get Rid Of Cellar Spiders?

Are you questioning how to get rid of cellar spiders? It is recommended that home and business owners get rid of spiders by clearing away their webs and egg sacs with a vacuum or broom.

Reducing the humidity in your home or business and limiting cellar spiders’ food sources are also effective ways to end an infestation. Elsewhere, you can seal cracks around windows and doors, fix any screens that have rips or holes, and plug any other entry points. If you still aren’t sure how to get rid of spiders, contact Terminix Canada today. We specialize in residential and commercial cellar spider control.

Terminix Canada Spider Exterminators Can Help You

Our spider removal service is the best and safest way to rid your home or business of spiders for good.  

Get A Free Estimate Today

Terminix Canada Reviews

google reviews

4.5 233 reviews

  • Avatar Ann Birch ★★★★★ 4 weeks ago
    The five-star rating applies to Eddie only. He was great. He came on March 20, 2021 and was here for an hour or more. He was so much more thorough than any other … read more Terminix employee who has come to my house.
  • Avatar Hello Peaches ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    had a raccoon with babies in my attic, Adam came and rescued the babies and sealed the entry fast and secure for less than half the price of Skeedaddle. Don't … read more fall for over priced companies adding services that are not needed. Terminix will do the job right without all the add-ons. Great work!
  • Avatar Gisele McDiarmid ★★★★★ in the last week
    We totally appreciate this company's service. They're very well organized, knowledgeable, and reliable. Would recommend them to anyone!

Coast To Coast Protection

Find your nearest local pest control expert today. With more than 30 branches across 10 Canadian provinces, you can count on Terminix Canada.