(Cellar Spiders)

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Picture of Pholcidae (Cellar Spiders)

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Just seen this spider.
It’s 1:00 a.m.
It was near the sink in the bathroom.
Never seen anyone like this.
It was “bouncing”. No nets.
I live in the first floor, there’s a garden in the bathroom window.
I have a son (10) and a dog.
The house had just been sprayed because of another spider.

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This is the Long-bodied Cellar Spider, Pholcus phalangioides, in the family Pholcidae. The ‘bouncing’ behavior you describe is characteristic of this family.


These are beneficial and prey on less desirable things. You can reduce the number of spiders you find in your home by vacuuming everywhere and emptying the canister outside. Seal cracks around floors, doors, windows, foundation, etc. Concerning a ten year old and dog unless you were dealing with a large number of medically significant species inside your home (in North America primarily Black Widows/Latrodectus, or Recluse/Loxosceles) I’d be more concerned about the pesticides than spiders.

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