8 Facts About the Misunderstood House Spider
Spiders have shared our homes for centuries, and they can be model housemates.
July 15, 2020
If you have a house, you probably have house spiders. They might live in your attic, basement, or windowsills, or they might brazenly inhabit your houseplants. But despite their reputation as creepy interlopers, most house spiders haven't simply wandered away from home: Our houses are their natural habitats.
Some people think of spiders as insects, lumping them in with six-legged invaders like roaches or ants. But they're not insects, and they don't want to raid our cupboards. Much like their outdoor relatives that eat crop pests, house spiders just want to quietly kill the insects that do covet our food. If anything, they're on our side.