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Black & Yellow Garden Spider Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from black and yellow garden spiders by learning techniques for identification and control.

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Black stripe & yellow spots on abdomen
Silver hair-covered cephalothorax
Black & yellow or orange striped legs


How do I get rid of black & yellow garden spiders?

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Your local Orkin Pro is trained to help manage yellow garden spiders and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin Pro will design a unique spider treatment program for your situation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Black & Yellow Garden Spiders


Belonging to a group of spiders known as orb weavers, these garden spiders are easily seen and can be quickly identified.

  • Size: Female yellow garden spiders measure up to 30 mm in body length, while males rarely reach lengths greater than 8 mm.

  • Body: The cephalothorax of the yellow garden spider is covered with silver hair, while the abdomen exhibits clear markings in black and yellow.

  • Markings: At the center of the abdomen, one black stripe and yellowish spots are visible.

  • Legs: The eight legs of the yellow garden spider are black with stripes ranging in color from yellow to orange.


The yellow garden spider is known for its ability to spin incredibly complex web patterns. Anchored to branches, twigs, plant stems and other structures, their webs are extremely strong and can reach diameters as large as 60 cm. Yellow garden spider webs can withstand the weight of numerous trapped insects.

The yellow garden spider hangs at the center of its web while waiting for food to come. It senses the presence of prey when the lines of its web begin to vibrate. The yellow garden spider then moves quickly to immobilize prey and to encase it in silk.

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