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House Spiders

House spiders pose no significant danger to you, your children or your pets. Especially compared to your fellow humans!

Giant house spider

No, those big, hairy, fast-moving spiders you see indoors are not wolf spiders (well, hardly ever). Most likely male house spiders.

Diagram of spiders and drains

Spiders in sinks and bathtubs come down the walls, attracted by water. They cannot come up through the drains!

Cartoon by Owen Curtsinger of a spider being ejected from a house.

If you put a house spider out in the yard, you aren't doing it any favor; it probably won't survive there.

graph of number of species living indoors or outside

Outdoor spiders are not drawn to indoor habitats where they can't survive. Indoor spiders are different species, called house spiders.

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