Cellar spiders are much like any other spiders and are often confused with daddy long legs. Spiders can be very helpful in reducing nuisance insect populations around your home, but many of us are not big fans of the critters in our home. Some spiders become more of a problem than others, cellar spiders fall into this category. Here are some tips on how to identify and get rid of cellar spiders.
There are about twenty different types of cellar spiders, but all look very similar. They have very long, thin legs and are pale in color, like yellow or gray. Sizes range from small, 1/16th of an inch long bodies with legs extending 5/16 inches. Larger ones can be about ¼ to 5/16 inches long and legs extending out two inches.
You will find cellar spiders exactly where their name implies, in damp cellars, basements, crawlspaces, and warehouses. What sets them apart and makes them a pest are their unusual web habits. Most spiders will consume their old webs before constructing a new one. Cellar spiders construct very free form, structure-less webs in dark corners, and they just keep building on top of existing webs, and soon the webs become a nuisance.