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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.

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