I’m curious if this could be a brown recluse or another type of poisonous venomous whatever type of arachnid that could potentially cause harm to my children? It has a brown body fairly short legs and its butt area is like a off-white color and it has some darker speckles.
It might be Parasteatoda tepidariorum, a Common House Spider. They are a cobweaver type of spider that makes messy-looking cobwebs. It has venom for killing prey but it is very unlikely to bite a person or pet. She may bite if someone has a hand near her egg sacks or if skin is pressed against her body in a way that makes her feel trapped or likely to be squished. So, your kids should be safe as long as they understand that her job is to do what she has to do to protect her babies and her body is… Read more »