There are many types of spiders in the United States, and while some prefer to live outdoors, many of them would rather live in and around human habitations. Mouse spiders are one of the species that you are likely to find inside your house. Here's what you need to know about them.
How do you identify mouse spiders?
As their name suggests, mouse spiders are furry and brown. They are medium-sized with flat bodies that they hold low to the ground. The females can reach body lengths of 12 mm while the males are a bit smaller at 10 mm long. That measurement doesn't include their legs.
Are they living in your house?
Mouse spiders are often found indoors, so there's a good chance that they're living in your house. They don't build webs; they roam around your house looking for insects to eat, so if you're not looking in the right place at the right time, you won't see them. If you pay attention, you may see them scurrying across your floors or along your walls.
Why do they want to live indoors?
Contrary to popular belief, not all spiders belong outdoors. Many types of spiders, like mouse spiders, have adapted to live indoors, and can live their entire lives without ever needing to go outside. This is because your house is a perfect habitat: it's warm, the temperature is consistent throughout the year, and there's always water and food nearby. Putting mouse spiders outdoors can actually kill them!
Are they dangerous?
American mouse spiders are not dangerous. If you get bitten, the bite site will be painful, and a pus-filled blister may develop. The bite site, like other types of wounds, can get infected if you don't keep it clean.
American mouse spiders share their name with Australian mouse spiders (which are very dangerous), but they are completely different species, and aside from having the same nickname, are not related.
How do you get rid of them?
Mouse spiders are dealt with in the same way as other house spiders. Seal entry points to keep more spiders from coming inside, get rid of clutter that they can hide beneath, and keep your house clean to avoid attracting their prey. If that isn't enough, hire a pest control company to spray the perimeter of your house to keep the spiders out.
Mouse spiders aren't dangerous, but that doesn't mean that you have to share your house with them. Take steps to reduce the spider population, and if necessary, get professional help from a company like B & W Pest Control.