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Common Spiders in Virginia

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Common House Spider House Spiders can grow to be between 1/8 to 5/16th of an inch in length, females are larger than males. They have a brownish-yellow body and dark chevron stripes on their body and legs. Wolf Spider Wolf spiders have a short stout body and long spiny legs, the females can grow to be 3/8th to 1 3/8th of an inch in length, males grow to be ¼- ¾ of an inch. Wolf spiders have a bottom row of four small eyes, middle row of two large eyes, and two medium sized eyes on the top row. They are dark brown in color and have yellowish brown stripes on their bodies.


  • As their name suggests house spiders are the most common species of spider to enter and live inside of homes.
  • House spiders will build their webs in random areas, if they don’t catch any prey they will quickly abandon that web and build a new one in a new location.
  • Wolf spiders do not build webs, instead they will “hunt” and chase after their prey.
  • Spiders generally hide in the dark secluded areas of homes, they can commonly be found in closets, basements, attics, corners of doorways, and underneath of furniture.
  • Outdoors spiders can be found around light sources because light will attract the spiders prey to it.


Spiders often enter into homes through small cracks and crevices in the foundation or through gaps around windows and doors as they are searching for food and water. They may also enter into homes to find warm secluded shelter to overwinter in.


To get rid of spiders in and around the home, Mitchell Pest Services offers effective an effective pest control plan that includes ongoing treatment.  When you contact us for spider control in Virginia, we'll also remove those ugly spider webs.


One of the best ways to prevent spiders is to make sure that you have a pest control plan in place to limit other insects living in and around your home. If you take away their food source they will find somewhere else to call home. Other prevention tips include: sealing cracks in foundations, caulking gaps around windows and doors, installing door sweeps, and trimming back trees and bushes away from the exterior of your home.