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Red House Spider Facts & Information

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

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Nesticodes rufipes
Reddish brown body & legs
Globe-shaped abdomen
Spotted body


How do I get rid of red house spiders?

What You Can Do

Prevention of red house spiders begins with making sure the population of insects that serve as food for spiders is kept to a minimum. Removing inside clutter that serves as harborage for spiders is also helpful including sealing cracks, gaps, and holes in:

  • Doors

  • Foundation

  • Windows

What Orkin Does

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

Orkin can provide the right solution to keep red house spiders in their place and out of your home or business.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Red House Spiders


  • Color: This spider varies in color, but primarily is reddish-brown over its entire body, including the legs.

  • Size: Adult females are about 1/5 to 1/3 of an inch in length, not including their leg span, which is about twice the size of the males.

  • Characteristics: Their abdomen is rounded – more or less shaped like a globe. The body is spotted with the females having a red band and a marking that resembles the hour glass shape of the black widow spider on the underside of their abdomen.


These spiders like to feed on the following:


Red house spiders create webs that look like a tangled mess of webbing attached to the walls and floors at multiple points.

These spider webs can be found indoors and outdoors in areas including:

  • Corners in closets

  • Cupboards and pantries

  • Dark corners

  • Corners of siding and foundations

  • Doorframes

  • Under leaves

Geographic Range

The red house spider is worldwide in distribution, but is reported to occur primarily in the states of Texas, Florida, and California.


Red house spiders breed throughout the year. The female spider creates a round egg sac that will be kept near the web, but not directly on it.

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