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Huntsman Spider Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from huntsman spiders by learning techniques for identification and control.

Huntsman spider illustration
Heteropoda venatoria
Large & long-legged
Brown or grey upper body
Vary in color


How do I get rid of huntsman spiders?

What You Can Do

Huntsman spiders, also known as wood spiders, sometimes enter structures while foraging for prey. They may also squeeze under doors and windows as they're looking to find a more hospitable environment to escape from the extreme summer heat. To keep huntsman spiders out, replace any screens on your doors or windows that are ripped or torn. Also, replace worn window and door seals and caulk cracks in the home’s foundation or siding since doing so helps prevent spiders or insects from getting inside.

Other practices to minimize spider problems include:

  • Wear shoes when you are outside, particularly in the evening since huntsman spiders are more active at night than during the day.

  • Move firewood, leaves, garbage, or any type of debris away from the foundation of your home. This will deter both insects and spiders from building up populations close to the home.

What Orkin Does

Keeping spiders and pests out of your home is an ongoing process, not a one-time treatment. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin Pro will design a unique spider treatment program for your situation.

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Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Huntsman Spiders

What does a huntsman spider look like?

Huntsman spiders are very large, long-legged, and one of the largest species of spiders in the U.S. When fully grown, their leg span is approximately 5-6 inches. The huntsman’s long legs, unlike most spiders, spread out forward and laterally in a crab-like fashion - therefore the common name giant crab spider.

Do huntsman spiders look like tarantulas? No, since tarantulas have much more hair on their legs and other body parts than huntsman spiders. Huntsman spiders vary in color, but the upper part of their body is generally brown or grey.

Where do huntsman spider live?

Heteropoda venatoria, sometimes called the banana spider (due to its occasional appearance in marketed bananas), is a species introduced into the U.S. and is now found in the subtropical areas of Florida, Texas, California, and the coastal southern states. As adults, huntsman spiders do not build webs, but hunt and forage for insects, thus contributing to control insect populations within their habitats.

Do huntsman spider bite?

The huntsman spider is not an aggressive biter, but when it feels the need to defend itself, it will bite. While this spider's bite is painful and causes swelling, headache, and perhaps nausea, they seldom bite people. They are not like the Brazilian wandering spider which is one of the most venomous spiders in the world.

How do huntsman spider get inside the house?

The flattened body of huntsman spiders enables this large spider to fit into surprisingly small cracks and crevices. This ability, along with the huntsman spider’s adaptability to places such as inside houses, barns, garages, sheds and under boards or debris on the ground helps identify places they may be found. Being cold-sensitive, these spiders cannot exist outdoors in areas with freezing winter temperatures, so inside homes they may be found under furniture or cabinets, behind wall hangings, and in closets.

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