Any advise on what type of spider this is. Wife found it between our outside deck and house, don’t mind having spiders around but this one is quite large. If it is dangerous for my kids to play in back yard then it will be disposed of immediately. Thank you in advance.
This is most likely a female grass spider although a tad hard to tell from the image. This and it’s cousin the Hobo spider are harmless and won’t bite you. The web it spins is actually not sticky in the slightest but this is because the spider is much more developed for chasing down its prey.
If you found just one there is likely many more within your backyard so it’s best to show your kids just how harmless Grass spiders are before one of them pokes a web and finds a spider crawling up their arm.
All of these funnel weavers are quite harmless. Grass spiders like this are often kept for pets in classrooms and budding arachnophiles. Capable of biting, they just don’t. Mishandled or trapped against the kin, bites are possible but not as dangerous as a bee sting. These are awful quick if spooked, young children likely could not catch one.