JUMPING SPIDER IDENTIFICATION
Jumping spiders comprise the world's largest family of spiders. Hundreds of varied species inhabit North America. Adult jumping spiders typically average 1/5 to 1/2 inch in length. Some species are much smaller, but others measure an inch or more. Colors range from black, gray or brown to metallics and snowy white. Many have vibrant markings. Newly hatched spiderlings look like miniature versions of adults.
Despite their differences, jumping spiders are easy to recognize. Their extraordinary jumping ability usually gives them away, but their eyes confirm their identity. Like most spiders — but not all — jumping spiders have eight eyes. Four of those eyes line up across their flat faces, with the center pair typically quite large. Not surprisingly, jumping spiders have excellent sight.
SIGNS OF JUMPING SPIDERS
Jumping spiders don't build telltale webs. Seeing a spider in action is usually the first sign that they're around. These spiders capture their prey by jumping while attached to a single silken thread.
You may find jumping spiders where flies, moths, crickets or other potential spider meals congregate — especially when drawn to lights at night. Small, silky white patches on leaves, stems or walls may indicate nests filled with jumping spider eggs.
HOW TO CONTROL JUMPING SPIDERS
Effective control of jumping spiders consists of stopping these pests outdoors before they get inside your home. Inspect your foundation regularly, and seal any cracks or crevices where spiders might gain entry. Amdro brand has several highly effective products to kill jumping spiders, protect your home and give you peace of mind:
- Amdro Quick Kill Outdoor Insect Killer Ready to Spray works in minutes to kill jumping spiders, then it keeps working for up to three months. Just attach the container to an ordinary garden hose; it automatically measures and mixes as you treat. Spray lawn and plant surfaces thoroughly. You can even treat your foundation up to a height of 3 feet.
- Amdro Quick Kill Outdoor Insect Killer Concentrate, designed for use with a pump-style sprayer, kills jumping spiders by contact and protects for up to three months. Use the convenient measuring cap and dilute the product according to label instructions. Then spray your lawn and landscape thoroughly. Treat your foundation up to a height of 3 feet.
- Amdro Quick Kill Ant & Spider Killer Granules offer an easy-to-use formula that's ideal for treating your home's perimeter and other small areas. Use the resealable shaker bag to apply the ready-to-use granules, then water lightly to release the active ingredient. The fast-acting, deep-reaching granules kill jumping spiders by contact and keep protecting for up to three months.
JUMPING SPIDER CONTROL TIPS
Jumping spiders usually hunt alone. If you see a large number in your home, they may be nesting and reproducing indoors. Consider consulting a pest professional to help locate and destroy hidden nests.
Always read product labels and follow the instructions carefully.