The jumping spider is from the family Salticidae, in the order Araneae, and in the class of Arachnida. The name jumping spider? really refers to most any group of hunting spiders that have the ability to jump or leap anywhere from 10 all the way to 40 times their own body length.
Depending the specie, the spider will either jump or walk. There are around 4,000 described species for the jumping spider alone making it the largest of all other spider species. More than 300 of those species are found in the United States and about 75 species are found in Europe.
The jumping spider averages at about 2 cm in length; the female spider is typically larger than the male. The jumping spider is also well known for its appearance and because of it they are easily spotted. Jumping spiders are typically brightly colored, have very outstanding patterns, and are also hairy and sometimes stocky.
All together this spider has four pair of eyes, two of which give it extremely sharp vision; so sharp that it actually allows it to see better than almost any animal the same size. All of the jumping spider’s eyes allow it to have a 360-degree eyesight, and on top of that the jumping spider also has the ability to turn its breast around 45 degrees.
The jumping spider is typically found in tropic regions. The tropic regions that they are found in are very different, anywhere from the rain forest to the Himalayas. The jumping spider can be found anywhere in these climates, if its day the spider can be found on the ground, on rocks, in the grass, or on trees. At night or if it is raining, the jumping spider will hide under rocks or a small web.
Because of the jumping spider’s good eyesight, their prey can be noticed anywhere from 30 to 40 cm away. At this point, the jumping spider actually scans their prey; in fact their eyesight is similar to that of a zoom lens on a camera. When the prey is registered as eatable, the jumping spider will move closer. The jumping spider even catches prey much bigger than its own size. The jumping spider does not use webs to catch its prey, but they do attach a line of silk to their prey in case they happen to fall. When the jumping spider is within good distance of their prey they will actually jump or pounce on it.
Jumping Spider Bite
The jumping spider is often mistaken for being dangerous, but in reality they are not. The jumping spider is not poisonous to humans. Like a wolf spider, the jumping spider typically does not attack humans unless they feel threatened or in danger. The only way a jumping spider bite may be hazardous is if the person bitten is allergic to spider venom, and because of that it is extremely important to consult medical attention when bitten by a spider, especially if the spider is unidentified.
I just found one of these spiders in my room! It was HUGE! It looked like it would definitely bite. So, I went in the room with a can of spider killer and waited to take my shot. I sprayed the crap out of it once it went on the other side of the screen (between the screen and the window). EAW
OK, Y’all…I have spent the past hour or more reading comments and advise on how to deal with this fuzzy little bugger I have in a baby food jar. I found this site while trying to identify it. From the info you have put out, it sounds like a jumping spider. He has emerald green eyes that turned dark, stripes around his legs and three white (or beige) markings on his back. Knowing that we have, on occasion, found a silverfish-or something else-running around the house, I think it is in the best interest of us all to let him live, instead of crushing him underfoot or giving him a full-bodied swirly in the potty. If he comes back to bite me, I’ll come back to haunt YOU…no matter how long it takes! My son was bitten by a brown recluse on his second birthday and we thought he would lose part of his little hand, so we take arachnids of all types very seriously around here. I don’t mind the non-venomous critters…spiders, snakes or whatever…so I hope the “experts” on here are correct. However, I do not plan to teach him tricks or invite him to enjoy my homemade peach ice cream this summer. He can have the fruit flies and fruit gnats that show up to nibble on the peach scraps, though! Y’all have a nice day and don’t forget to thank the Good Lord who gives us all creatures great & small!! 🙂 As Grandmother used to say, “You just better be particular about it!”!
I have been bitten by something in my sleep for the past 4-6 months. We can’t find the culprit. 1. I am sleeping 2. I don’t feel it until the next morning. We have stripped the bed taken the mattresses of inspected them for any signs of bug (found non) vacummed and wiped down in and around the frame, changed all the linens and I am still getting bit. My husband does not get bit nor do my children if they end up in our bed. And it’s always the right forearm inbetween the elbow and wrist. Last night for the first time in the middle of the night I felt a sting, I scratched it and fell back to sleep, the next morning my wrist itched a little and was slightly red as the day progressed so did the swelling, pain and itching. This is how it always starts out, then it progressivly gets worse and it’s not until a day later when the swelling is at it’s worst that where I got bit appears and it start to raise among the swelling. After the swelling subsides about the 3rd day the redness becomes this huge rash that spreads to about the size of a large mouth cup. around the 4th day it all starts to subside and by the 5 day it’s gone except wear the bit was and that turns into a little scab. I have been to my doctor at various stages of the bit and they call it a general bite of somesort, well duh we know it’s a bit but what’s biting me? they can’t give me an answer. Now that I got that out of the way, Can anyone tell me what they think it might be that’s biting me?
I know that spiders are dangerous but, I haven’t been biten by one I just see them all the time.There is really something wierd about when I go to bed.Sometimes I will sleep with my daddy and he has a fan in his room and whenever it blows on my hair it feels like there is a spider on me.I really do hate siders alot.
I have been handling spiders since I was 4 years old and have never been intentionally bitten by a spider that I was aware was there and I’m 45 now.If they don’t feel threatened and are handled correctly you will not or should not have any problem with a spider accept for an aggressive species.
Has anyone had any luck using these spiders to rid brown recluse infestation? I have a brown recluse infestation in my home and other than sticky tape of the floor nothing really can kill them. But in doing some research I have read that these spiders are the brown recluse killer. My thought is to see were I can get some and let them go in my home. Much rather be bit by a jumping spider than a brown recluse. I also have a toddler, so using a lot of chemicals is out of the question, and the sticky tape does not make me fell better. But maybe this could be the answer to my sleepless nights. So if anyone knows if this would work please let me know. Also were to get a few to let off in the house would be nice also 🙂 Thanks
Everyone who was bitten by a jumper, don’t blame them. I have handled about 30, and only bitten twice. Each time I drop them, or scared them. I blame myself, not the spider. If it is itchy or painful, check that you aren’t allergic to them.
A Jumping Spider makes a good pet. Each has a different personality.
They can be “Trained” through hard work.
~To Tame a Jumper~
Find one and just stay around it for attest 5 Minutes. Then gently, gently, gently, pick them up. I would make sure that you are compatible with the personality “type”… As I have down research that they have these main types.
Fighter = Needs quite a lot of attention for care, and should only be taken when you have had experience with Jumpers. This Type usually has some war scars.
Calm = Best beginner. Doesn’t need much attention, and easier to “tame”.
Attitude = These are odd, but they are like a mix. Just make sure to check it every once and awhile, and you should be fine.
I have some Jumpers, I recently caught a female.
My Daughter Has A Purplish Bump-Like Sore On Her Finger And A Greenish-Yellow Like Pus Is Slowly Leaking Out. I’m Not Sure If Its A Spider Bite Or A Finger Infection. But Today We Saw A Brownish Like Spider In Her Room And It Moved Quickly. We Killed The Spider But I’m Not Sure If That’s What Bit Her Or Not. The Finger Is Very Sensitive And Turning Colors And There Aren’t Any Fang Marks. I Live In Jeanerette, Louisiana But I’m Not Familiar With The Spiders Down Here.
I Love this site! I read a lot of comments from this post, but not all. So funny, my favorite was… “They DO bite, and it was very itchy, and large, about the size of a pencil eraser”
~Long live the creatures of this planet, and I hope for peoples fear to vanish. ~
jumping spider (a.k.a. spider bro) make great friends, and are fun to handle. they are the friendliest spider. whenever i find one i like to bring it home and let it loose in my home. before bed i usually place a few near my bed to keep the bad bugs at bay. more than a few times now i have awoken from my slumber to find a spider bro on my pillow just hangin out, i laugh and fall back into slumber safe and sound, thanks to my spider bro’s.
i actually got bit on the butt in my sleep one night i tell ya it hurts it turned black and blue and hard and very huge it i couldn’t even sit down. it left a scar first i thought it was a jumping spider but i did some research and it was a BROWN WIDOW THAT BIT ME!
Jumpers will easily kill more dangerous spiders( to humans) with little issue. And I have been bitten by a jumper before, those bites in those pics look like something else, perhaps the real culprit is what the jumpers are preying on, not the spiders themselves. Harvestmen are carrion eaters, so they don’t kill other spiders, and true daddylongleg spiders only kill other web builders, not hunters like Wolf and Jumpers. Also, a jumping spider will NOT start “chewing on your leg”. If one jumps on you randomly its to get a better vantage point to hunt, or its just curious. You really have to try to piss one off to get it to bite, they’ll normally run away if threatened, instead of trying to fight a losing battle with something 1000x their size.
I have never personally had any problems with any spiders. I know how to identify the dangerous ones and the ones that are not, I simply move outside. And if everyone would calm down a bit, you would learn that there is room for everyone and everything on Earth. If they are poisonous, kill them. If not, leave em alone. It’s as simple as that.
I am a major in entomology with a minor in psychology with the University of San Diego,
Jumping Spiders, are non lethal in any way shape or form to full grown humans, any person here who believes their children are allergic to the spiders are dead wrong, Children have a lower immune system than adults, that’s why if bitten, the bacteria, not the venom, causes a severe reaction.
Jumping Spiders are harmless, I spend most of my time playing with dozens of them, It’s an interesting site when you have some 7 dozen, black fuzzy jumpers on your hand. They’re hunting spiders, they’re not deadly to Humans, in fact if you have an increased amount of these little guys in your home, then it’s probably that you have some other kind of nasty little bug living in your house, like roaches, or even other spiders.
As a note, 75% of spiders which build webs, are venomous, These are the ones you need to look out for, Black Widows, Recluse, and Hobos.
Most spiders you encounter have non-lethal venom in allot of cases, it’s just your head playing to your inner fear of being injected with venom by some forlorn movie monster you saw as a kid. As stated by a previous comment, most spiders won’t bite humans unless they feel mortally threatened. The fact of the matter is they would rather keep their venom for food, their venom is only strong enough to kill smaller organisms, ie, roaches, crickets, hoppers, so don’t feel threatened, and while it’s your decision to kill the little guys, think about this in the long run, the more jumpers, or orb weavers, or wolf spiders you have running around your house, the less likely you are gonna run into the nastier disease carrying insects like roaches, or assassin beetles.
I live with about 200 different species of spiders in my basement, each one contained in a glass terrarium for my studies, this includes some of the rarer most venomous spiders, Funnel Webs, Red Backs, and Stone Spiders, these are ones you will not encounter here in the US, but they’re deadly, and each one of these makes a web, however, there’s also other spiders there too, most of which are non-venomous, these are what the world is mostly filled with. only about 8 species in the world are venomous.
So now you’ve learned something. I hope you use this knowledge to better yourselves instead of making fools of yourselves by claiming you’re the rare 1 out of 6,000,000 case that is allergic to a spider which can’t even get venom through your epidermis.
People complaining about the horrors of these jumping spiders have never spent a day in their own backyard. There are much, much more dangerous spiders, though this is no spider currently on this earth that is out to get you, lest you bother them.
As for jumpers, they’re possibly one of the friendliest and docile spiders, doing nothing but being beneficial to us. As for bites, they will hurt, but have no lasting effects. However, if you manage to get a jumper to bite you, you’re doing something horribly wrong, not even the most territorial subspecies will bite unless forced between a rock and a hard place.
I keep several jumping spiders as pets for over a year, which includes feeding and handling and only once have I been bitten for sticking my finger too far in her nest.
There is never an excuse to kill any living thing just because it’s scary. We’re thousands upon thousands the size of them, and in most cases, are the ones to do far worse things to them as they do to us.
Folks like Geri I suppose form the base of groups like PETA; convinced that we humans have no real right to be here, and heaven forbid that we should harm the palpi of any venomous spider’s head. No right to take any animal’s life? How about those who eat meat? How about those of us like myself who eat fish? I have a commercial shellfishing license. I guess that makes me a mass murderer. How about animals which kill other animals, for food or (like some cats) for fun? Sure-when possible, I capture spiders and place them outdoors, where hopefully they’ll help reduce the population of nuisance insects. however, in my ever so humble opinion, only a moron would refuse to kill a brown recluse, black widow or hobo spider found in the home-unless, of course, that individual enjoys extreme pain, tissue necrosis, nausea, and possible more serious complications, or enjoys inflicting same on his/her kids.
Here is a Picture of the Bites
I keep bandages over them cause I was scratching without thinking… They still Itch :p So I Circled the bites as not to get confused about the bandage marks 🙂
I was looking up a certain Spider to determine what it is and found this. I kill Spiders and have no problems doing it. A couple of days ago I woke up itching like Mad Crazy!!! I have three spider bites at the top of my leg close to my hip area. One is the size of a quarter and the other two are the size of a nickle (the redness around the bite). In my life time these would be the 4th time I have been bitten (counting the three as one). One unidentified, two Brown Recluse and these I am safely assuming are the Jumpers. They are ALL OVER in my house. I have some small brown ones but they stay in their areas, the jumpers go everywhere in here. Anyways, I just killed another one and noticed the red on its back, not the typical white I always see. I have a horrible headache, stiff neck, no fever and very tired. Other than that I am fine. So I wanted to make sure! Then I see all the comments about killing spiders.
I had a fear of them so bad I would scream, panic, then flee. Then I moved to a different city and area to where wolf spiders would come into the house, I would see up to 18 a day. So I don’t scream, panic or flee. I do still get excited in my gut and I will kill them. They DO Bite and frankly I do not want to wake up to more bites on my body or on my kids because the stupid things feel threatened cause they walked or dropped onto MY bed! I live out in the country, and I mean in the country! So my only option is to kill them as I see them. I leave the Brown ones alone cause they don’t wander but the Jumpers are Toast and I have no problems with that what so ever 🙂
My daughter has spider senses. She knows and finds a spider in the room even if it cant be seen. Today we came to this sight to find out what we found and it was a jumping spider. We don’t kill any creatures on this planet, so we put him outside. We also found out from your sight she has been bitten a few times by that spider, HENCE the spider SENSE!!! But to all you bug killers, no one has the right to take a life just because they are bigger! We would all be dead and THE ROCK, would be king of the world, if that was the case, along with Godzilla and King Kong. Respect life, its precious, no matter how small. I found this site very entertaining.
These spiders DO bite. Just because most of you people haven’t been bitten by one personally, does NOT mean that they DON’T, because they DO. I was sitting on my couch yesterday, and one had been chomping on my foot, once I notice, it jumped at me onto my arm, where I quickly brushed t away & haven’t a clue where it went.
They are EVERYWHERE where I live, in the house & outside of it. I live in Lemoore, CA, far out into the country on military base & we are run amok with jumpers & black widows. I called pest control today, & they’re coming tomorrow, which isn’t soon enough for me. I am deathly afraid of spiders & have high anxiety about them. The daddy long legs, I leave alone. They have taken over my back porch, but I leave them because they kill other spiders. They aren’t doing a very good job of it lately.
So with that being confirmed that they do indeed bite, it would be helpful to future people if you would stop telling them that they don’t, because they most certainly DO.
The bite is severely itchy, and was painful. After sleeping & waking, it’s not so painful, but still very itchy. It is a very large area, about the size of a pencil eraser. Other than that, nothing serious has come of it, I haven’t even noticed any headaches or fever – yet. I doubt either will come up though.
I looked up on Google to see if a spider than ran on top of me was poisonous and I’m glad it wasn’t but, I also have no problem killings spiders. 1 there are billions more of that same species,2 if I worried about any life form I killed then I couldn’t go outside or move because I would kill a bacteria if I washed my hands or I would pick a flower and kill it so I don’t really care. 3 I don’t care if there innocent and have a family a little spider babies that will be cannibalistic and kill them anyways. There is nothing wrong with killing bugs god made billions more to replace them.
Sorry to post again, but having taken a breath I realized I have to say I was not trying to knock this site. I really was not, I think it’s a good article, this. =) My point was more that if you want or need to learn about something, either call Poison Control, go to an ER, ask your Doctor, or look up a scientifically valid resource or encyclopedia article on the subject – depending on how fast you need the answer.
Also, for those who are finding spider infestations in their houses – for that many to be living indoors and not in a wild habitat, they MUST be living off of something. Especially Jumping Spiders, as they do not make webs to catch bugs. There has to be a food source. In other words, you most likely have a bigger, more worrisome problem on your hands than you realize if you have that many Spiders in your home.
You will not get rid of the spiders until you get rid of their food. They will keep coming back to their food. Get a good exterminator to look around and inspect the walls and structure of your home. Much as I hate to say it, you will have to kill all the bugs, not just the spiders, to stop the problem.
Lastly, a really great way to get rid of bugs in your garden and lawn, that harm your plants and attract a lot of spiders, is to use BioControls. Most of these insects spend part of their life in the soil, so get some Parasitic Nematodes. They cannot harm Humans, do not bother beneficial worms and some other beneficial bugs, and will kill pretty much everything else. No need for fumigation, or chemicals which can harm Children, Elderly people, Pets and the environment.
If there is little food for them, you won’t have many spiders at all.
I call Shenanigans to anyone, such as Jennifer below, who claims to be “allergic” to a Jumping Spider Bite. Complete and simple Bovine Manure!
For what it’s worth (not much on the Internets, I know) I am a student of Arachnology getting my Masters. I am also VERY allergic to all Bees, Wasps, Hornets, Fire Ants and Jellyfish. In other words, I know from whence I speak here.
There are THREE (3) Families of spiders in the USA that have potentially harmful Venom:
Loxosceles, the Brown Recluses
Latrodectus, the Widows
Tegenaria, the Hobos
And the first in that short list is now arguable since there’s now an effective treatment.
Notice, there is no mention of Family Salticidae. This is because there has never been a medically *valid* case of Anaphylaxis or another, less dangerous, allergic reaction to a Jumping Spider bite. There have been MANY papers and studies on all kinds of Spider Venom. While what is found in the Venom varies from species to species in the organic compounds and peptides, as far as Salticidae is concerned, it CANNOT harm Humans. In fact, not many of the Jumping Spiders in the USA have fangs big enough to pierce Human skin in order to envenomate you to begin with.
Now, on the other hand, a case of severe Panic Attack and Hyperventilation can often look a LOT like an Anaphylactic reaction. My guess is that is what people who think they are having an allergic reaction to a bite from a Salticid are actually experiencing. If you would like to prove me wrong, go try and squish a P Audax (they can deliver a good bite if threatened enough), then go to a Hospital and have the Doctors DOCUMENT the reaction as an honest Anaphylactic Reaction. Then submit that to leading Arachnologists in the country. I’m certain they will be absolutely fascinated and will compete to write up a study about it, since after all out learning and knowledge about this Family there has never been any proof of, and been a lot of proof against, the idea that Humans can be Allergic to or harmed by a Salticid native to the US, or even the North American Continent.
Margie, it sounds like you were bitten by a P Audax, though the spider would have to have been collected for identification to be certain. Please don’t worry. It may be painful and in a rotten spot to be bitten, but you will be fine. Don’t look for the answers to this stuff online though. Call a poison control center or go to an ER if you think you may be in danger for something. If for no other reason, it’s worth it for the piece of mind knowing you’re talking to a professional, right? At least the Spider’s defense worked and probably saved it, though that’s probably no comfort to you.
Geri, Hallelujah and Amen! Finally someone talking some sense! People, Spiders do NOT want to bite you, not even in defense. even the most aggressive ones will not bother unless they feel they are in very immediate mortal danger. All Spiders have other defenses designed to give them a moment to flee while their aggressor pauses. Even Widow Spiders will shoot silk into an attacker’s face to make them stop a second so the Widow can flee, *before* the Spider is put in a position where it has to bite.
Venom is a substance that takes much resources to make. It’s for subduing prey. They don’t want to waste it on YOU. It puts them in greater danger of not being able to make more before they need to catch their next meal. They will try ANYTHING else first before they bite.
Salticids especially, they’re very, very smart. They learn things from experience and they can be trained. Their eyesight is almost as sharp as a Human’s, too.
The key is to keep your eyes open and don’t poke them. If one is living somewhere you don’t want them, sweep their web *gently* from the far side from where the spider is crouched and they will run away or drop. If they drop, scoop in a cup and take it outside.
Above all, don’t be another ignorant, bumbling, half-evolved Ape. Use the resources you have in front of you a Learn – not from sites like this, but from actual scientific articles and online magazines on the subjects you need to look up. Use Google Scholar, if you have to. Tree of Life and Bug Guide are also good sites, and even go on You Tube and check out the multitude of Arachnophiles on there who handle and video spiders of all kinds.
Finally, since I’m on a rant, I may as well say – the word is “Venomous” not “Poisonous”. These are NOT Synonyms. For something to be Poisonous, you have to EAT it. It must carry within it a compound the Human body cannot excrete in any manner, nor process, and which is also detrimental to Human tissue once ingested. Venom is INJECTED, through a sting or a bite. So, unless you’re planning on eating a spider, please don’t ask if it’s Poisonous! It’s not, no spiders have Poison and you could probably safely eat any Genus of Spider if you really wanted to.
K, thanks. /rant
If you are such a believer in nature and letting nature take it’s course then surely you must realize a few things.
A) Animals kill other animals all the time – for example – have you ever screamed at a cat for hunting down a poor helpless spider, playing with it and then killing it? My cat doesn’t hunt spiders for food, it’s just for sport. It’s part of the circle of life, if we don’t kill some of the spiders that invade our habitat we would be over run with them.
B) Most people aren’t killing them because they are heartless, most people kill spiders as a defense mechanism when they feel threatened. This is a completely normal/natural response to a creature encroaching on their territory. This should serve as an evolutionary learning lesson for the spider – don’t be about where you will be killed. Animals learn and develop instinctual tactics based on these actions. If enough of their kind get killed in human homes then maybe they will learn not to go there.
C) Quit treating humans as a disease or parasite – we are animals and are entitled to our habitat and territory (and to defend it!) just like every other being out there. You seem to think that it is OK for other animals to kill when being threatened, but not humans? You think that spider would hesitate to bite you if you got too close to it’s nest? Get off it. Spiders are potentially dangerous and serve as a threat not only to us but especially our young. If you are a potentially poisonous or dangerous spider in my home, threatening my territory and my family you will be killed, just as I would kill a rabid dog or a bear that marched into my living room.
FYI – I practice ‘catch and release’ all the time, however I don’t judge those who do not. I also do not think myself so superior to others others that I feel the need to use terms such as ‘moronic’ or ‘Idiots.’ Next time take a second to calm down before you post and word your post as an intelligent and well thought out person because now it is you who sounds like a raving moron who has very little understanding of how humans fit into our ecosystem. How about you quit being so self righteous that you think you get to tell others what to do and how you think they should conduct themselves…’cause guess what King Geri? It’s not up to you!
I JUST got bit by my female pet jumper on the tip of my pinky… and oh it HURTS. I freaked and immediately started squeezing out the blood. It’s my fault.. I had dropped her container as I was going to feed her and I went to detour her back into it after she landed on the floor. It’s very sore and I think I even see a bruise forming at one of the punctures. I am fairly sure (all spiders are poisonous to an extent, it just depends on what it’s poisonous to) she isn’t harmful to me. But it’s throbbing and a little shaky. I’m just glad it wasn’t my pet black widow. I’d have had to kill her if she escaped. The jumper is back in her container and with fresh food. She’s big too. Both of them. One bite won’t stop me. But everyone be careful.
I took a sip off the straw of my soda that i had left in car and something bit me in the back of the throat. after alot of coughing, Gagging, and finally vomiting i expelled a small black spider with green eyes or fangs. my throat hurt for abot a day and a half. Should i be concerned? i was definitely grossed out! I live in Pennsylvania.
To expel spiders, try to spell the zones where they hide with a mixture of lemon oil and water.
I live in Hamilton, Ontario and just the other day I came across a rather large spider for our area, it was grayish black with a triangle white spot on it’s back, it had little fangs, as much as I could see they were the same color as him, he was furry and seemed to have great eye sight as he lifted his head to watch us watching him. I can’t seem to find out what kind of spider he is, as the pictures of the jumping spiders don’t seem to match what he looked like, I have never in my life seen a spider like this one, does anyone have an idea what he could be?
If I insult some people here, too bad. However, I find certain people’s need to kill living creatures that they don’t understand to be cruel, stupid, ignorant and offensive. Someone above wrote, “They (jumping spiders) will leap toward you rather than away, when you try to kill them.” DUH! It’s called “defending your life.” When people say and do such asinine things, I almost wish the defenseless creatures they destroy so thoughtlessly and callously were armed, in order to have a more fair and even chance. And then, there’s someone else who killed the spider first and asked if it was dangerous after. WTF? Are you people so moronic and your ridiculous phobias so out-of-control that you don’t realize that you’re the greater threat, not a tiny arachnid? All you need to do is be more observant when you enter into wooded areas and places where spiders might dwell. Unfortunately, common sense is extremely uncommon. Idiots, plain and simple.
Learn to respect life — all life. Make the time and effort to educate yourself, instead of acting thoughtlessly on fear-based impulse. You’re not so superior if you can’t do this. You’re only bigger.
Ring-like rash might be an indication it was a tick (another type of arachnid “spider” that is parasitic instead of predatory), as that is a common reaction, although not all tick bites result in a ring. Did the ring originally look different than in the picture? It’s usually a very pronounced, solid red ring with the bite in the middle. Might want to try researching other insect and bites that leave rings or asking your doctor.
My daughter is allergic to spider venom as well as mosquito. Even a bite from a “harmless” as many of you are calling Black Jumping Spiders, will cause an allergic reaction.
If we don’t get Benadryl into our daughter right after a bite, the reaction is out of control if it’s on a limb the swelling that happens brings it X3 it’s normal size, and the whole limb is hot and red.
I guess I’m a horrible person but I kill each and every one of these spiders as soon as I see 1 and I’m calling a fumigator today to spray our yards. I’d rather have an ton of you mad at me for killing your beloved pets, than be jabbing my daughter in the thigh with her epipen b/c she’s not breathing.
I HATE SPIDERS AND BUGS DEATHLY AFRAID OF BOTH BUT MOSTLY SPIDERS. I HAVE THESE AWFUL THINGS IN MY HOME AND EVERY YEAR THEY GET WORSE/MORE. THEY LOOK LIKE MINIATURE TARANTULAS. THEY ARE EVIL. I KILL EVERYONE I SEE IF I AN HOME ALONE, IF SOMEONE IS HERE WITH ME THEY HAVE TO KILL IT. I HAVE HAD THEM JUMP AT ME BEFORE I SMOOSH THEM. NEVER BEEN BITTEN THOUGH, NEVER LANDED ON ME. KILL THEM ALL. SMOOSH SMOOSH SMOOSH!!! I HAVE BIRDS SO I CANT USE SPRAYS INSIDE WHAT CAN I USE INDOORS TO GET RID OF THESE UGLY GUYS?
Finding a lot of spider (jumpers) now with all the rain here, and they are fun to watch, absolutely. But everything bites, or can bite, I suppose. And jumpers are venomous too, but for humans, it’s rarely bad, or fatal. Fevers, nausea, headaches, and sores at the bite area are usually the most common if you get anything at all.
I was weeding to plant some seeds, and I am pretty petrified of spiders, but I came across this little black and white spider with (what I thought) were emerald green eyes .. and unlike normal where I would yell for someone to squish it, I actually tried to pick it up with my shovel so I could get a better look at it .. it was the prettiest little thing and I let it go. Aside from my HUGE fear of all that is spider … I actually enjoy seeing these little guys 🙂 and am happy to know that they are harmless so I don’t have to worry about my kids being around them either!
Thank you I have a pet jumper to it’s cool and some people do have connections with animals like me. I have connections with spiders cause I held a lot of spiders and none of them bite me even though I was 5 and animals love me too, so yeah.
Well if they bite they have never bitten us. My kids carry them around like little puppies. I am always wary. But Dad and kids have all held and pet them. Today my 2 year old grabbed a huge almost 2 inches off the wall. I was a little scared with it being so big it would hurt my little guy. He had it pinched between his fingers. I thought for sure it was dead (he is my little carpenter ant crusher) My son put it down and it didn’t move for a minute. We were a little bummed. I inspected my son and found no marks he wasn’t upset just happy about the whole ordeal. Then the jumpy popped up and off he went.
Hubby took him out to the garage where he would be safer. Amazingly my 2 year old managed to not hurt the spider and amazingly the spider didn’t bite him. So either my son has super spider trance powers or jumpies don’t bite! The week before my 6 year old was carrying one around and put him in his room to keep him safe from hobos. If there was one pet I would recommend it would be a jumpy! No maintenance, occasionally comes out to say hello…eats bad spiders…i.e widows hobos…I like wolfies too, but not as good of hunters.
It also had green fangs black and furry with white rings going around it’s legs, and white dots.I know for sure it’s a jumping spider because it stalks it’s prey ( flies other spiders). It puts up it’s front legs when it’s feels threaten it’s really cool how it stalks and kills prey. I saw it do this five times.
I live in Aurora, Illinois and I came across a black and white jumping spider. I found it on the wall well actually my friend saw it but it was in my house and I started to bug it the it fell and we got scared but I caught it and kept it. I had it since Friday. Will I be okay if it bit me?
As a matter of fact I happen to love jumping spiders and I want to tell you about their bite. In rare cases jumping spiders do bite. But they only bite if they feel threatened or in danger. For example one time I put my pointing finger down next to a phidippus audax jumping spider and moved it in front of her face, she put her two front arms up and she held up her fangs at me so I moved my finger around more and she almost bit me so then I took my arm away immediately.I’ve always I mean always handled spiders and I’ve never I repeat never got bit by a spider.Also I saw a brown recluse in the store walmart I know pretty much all the spider types and with my heart I know it was a recluse.
I just saw it running across the floor and I got something to pick it up being careful not to let it touch me…oops I forgot about the jumping spiders okay so I am always careful not to get bit I’ve always let spiders crawl across my hands,hand to hand and I never threaten them. Keeping jumping spiders you if you want to keep them for a wile make sure they are in a sealed container and also make sure there is lots of food around your home. Feeding jumping spiders first catch a little moth or something that they can get a hold of,put it in the container and after a wile they will eventually they will come after the bug attack it and paralyze it then start sucking the bugs insides in to its abdomen (eating it).
I HAVEN’T SEEN a jumping spider before but i am not scared, i think they wont bite me. sore one but i haven’t seen it with a closer look and i think i still have luck. well i think so. my hole family has almost seen a jumping spider my mum has seen one and my big brother jack has seen one. jack sore one in his bedroom. my mum sore one at the park. my dad hasn’t seen one my little brother kyle hasn’t seen one. and i haven’t had a closer look. well i’m in the middle iv’ seen one but not a closer then mum or jack.
guys OK don’t think I’m a wimp about this but I’m scared of these spiders man the other day i woke up and it was on my wall 13 inches from my face scared the daylights out of me but it woke me up is there a way to get over this help me please 🙁 🙂
I have a jumping spider I’m watching it eat a cricket 2 times bigger than it! It’s so cool!
I live in California and I was a sleep and had a dream that a BIG (more like medium) spider jumped on me then i woke up i looked on my selling and the spider was right there. i killed it and i don’t know what it is. but this one was smaller. I’m really curious of what it is. it has big fangs, golden, white hair, 6 eyes.
thanks for reading
I live in Central Florida and observed a small spider in my bushes. It seems to have a small cone
thing on its back and the end of his legs are red. There is a small hole in the web where it seems
to stay with the cone sticking through. Any ideas?
i was bitten by a real little bright green one in Australia, on my palm, whilst bringing in washing, didn’t hurt much but two weeks later, it itched like heck and a sort of (i can only describe as) shard of fiber glass came out. Still itching like mad and its sort of turned into a unitchable itch. I don’t know if this is why its turning into a wound or me with the itching?
Jumping spiders do indeed bite. (Black fuzzy kind with three white dots on its back) I have three confirmed bites in the past six months. Our camper, parked out in the boondocks has a healthy population of them. I did not see the offending critter the first time I was bitten, but did see it the next two times. They are aggressive, and will leap toward you rather than away when you try to kill them. The bite does not hurt at first, it’s less than a pinprick. But within several hours a blister forms and the skin sloughs off. The blister acts like a burn for a week, weeping and sloughing off dead skin. It eventually leaves a small scar. Other symptoms I experienced all three times was a persistent headache on days one and two.
Jumping spiders do bite when threatened, which I inadvertently did today while unfolding a weathered piece of paper from an outdoor box. This one was of the larger variety (about 5/8-in. not counting legs). Largely hairy black with some washed out yellow banding. It nailed me on the pinky finger with what felt like a mild version of a wasp sting for just a couple of minutes. Thank goodness it wasn’t a widow. For some reason, this part of the southeast seems to be going through a bumper crop of black and brown widows the last several years … I’m finding them EVERY where I go. Time was, it was very rare to see a widow and one had to look hard. Now, it takes no effort at all to encounter them.
First off, CapnScumbone, JUMPING SPIDERS DO BITE!!! or rather they can. I have been bitten. As for no confirmed cases, why would there be? they are not toxic and the bite wasn’t even painful. It was about the same as a fire ant. With that said, why do all of you assume that when you get a bite it is a spider? Of all the thinks out there that can and will bite you, why does it have to be a spider? Centipedes, ticks, fleas, scorpions, asps, wasps, bees, mosquito’s (Which are far more dangerous than spiders to humans on average due to the diseases they can carry), bed bugs, and so many things I can not possibly list. Why is it always spiders that are to blame for unknown bites?
Now while I made it clear that they (jumping spiders) do bite, I did not mean that they go out of their way to bite you. I was not bitten until I actually grabbed one between my index finger and thumb(to remove it from my shirt). But I guess anything would bite if threatened with life or death. Prior to this, I have handled many with no incident. But just because you have an unknown bite, doesn’t mean it was a spider.
Thank you for this great website. I have many spiders in my home – no infestation, but I don’t like to kill them. As a result of letting spiders live in cohabitation with me and my son we have no issues with any other bugs, not roaches, flies, moths, anything. We seem to have established quite the little ecosystem.
That being said, I live in the Pacific Northwest, where Hobo spiders are a genuine threat and Black Widows very common, both species renowned for their aggressiveness. I have seen the black and white Jumping spider from time to time, though rarely, in my house. I understand having some sort of competing predatory spider will generally keep the Hobos away, and the Jumping spiders do prey on other species.
My questions: Is the very presence of Jumping spiders generally enough to keep Hobo spiders and Black Widows, both aggressive and dangerous species, in a non-issue status in my home? If so, should I actually seek to bring Jumping spiders to my house to assure control?
Many thanks from the Pacific Northwest,
People, salticids (jumpers) do not bite. If you claim otherwise, go to your nearest college and speak with the dean of biological sciences. If I’m wrong and you confirm the attack, some lucky biologist might get a thesis out of it.
These guys are lots of fun to watch, and extremely beneficial to have around the house. They prey voraciously on running spiders, which tend to bite people in their sleep and leave nasty welts. Don’t make the mistake of killing one if you wake up with spider bites, they DO NOT BITE. There are NO confirmed cases of a jumper biting a human, and I’ve handled enough to know that they’re not aggressive. Though they might launch themselves at you when they’re feeling adventurous, it’s certainly not with the intent of doing you any harm. Leave them be or encourage their presence, and you’ll find fewer roaches, silverfish, and biting spiders to bother you.
I caught a small black spider that has green eyes and its harry. It has 2 white strips on each leg and it also has 3 white dots on its back.
If you know what it is or want to know more send me a email please.
jUST THE other day i saw one
i lived in central VA with my family as a teenager in the late 90’s/early 00’s, and i slept on a bottom bunk usually. Well, i would see these black furry fairly small in size spiders all the time on my ‘ceiling’ aka the bottom of the top bunk, the wood, the window near my bed, the wall, etc. and when i would wake up the next morning, i’d feel sick and see a red welt, and a white center, usually puss-like or actual puss, i dunno, it’s been a while. So, in short i don’t think they are entirely harmless, it depends on the person and place where they’re living or hanging out. Because i know for a fact they bit me many times nightly over a period of about 2 years. i killed some of them, but most jumped too fast for me to smush em.
They were living in my habitat, not the other way around 🙂 And i did have a reaction to them, felt nauseous, slight fever, etc. Maybe that was because I had other things going on that weakened my immune system or maybe i am just simply allergic. If you like them (i have no clue why) and they’re not a pest, i say live and let live. I’d call an exterminator or kill em yourself if they’re hanging out in your bedroom tho.
I saw a black and orange furry spider on my motorcycle today and I am not sure what kind it is. It had blue fangs and what looked like 4 eyes across the head. I am assuming by some of the comments I have read here, that it is a jumping spider. It did jump a couple times when I was taking pictures. I am enclosing a couple pics for observation. I live in Northwest Florida.
Today I saw black jumping spider is chasing a cockroach as twice as its size. And it leap into the cockroach and capture it.They struggle about 30secs because cockroach try to get free from spiders fangs.It was fun and amazing to watch how this little spider capture the prey.
Many years ago when I was working as a landscaper I was sitting down for lunch when I noticed a small jumping spider on my knee. I just watched it for a while because it was cool looking and then a small gnat happened to fly near it.The spider leaped up and snagged the gnat right out of the air. I will never forget that little bit of amazing drama. I feel privileged to have been lucky enough to see this as I am sure that it is not something that most people get to see up close.
Why are you guys killing these wonderful spiders? I’ve found a way to play with these spiders. Get yourself a laser pointer and the spider will chase the dot! Try to lead it to small insects, around obstacles, or just out of the house. Its really fun! Every year I see a new one in my house, and I name it Edd, Ned, Fred, Ted, etc. I consider it a very temporary pet.
i LOVE jumping spiders. i never kill them when i find them. My mom raised me and my brothers to basically kill any spider in the house except a jumping spider. I have held them and touched them my whole life and have yet to be bit by one. Every time i find one inside my house, i get it on my hand and i go and put it on a house plant, or a plant outside. Like i said, i have been handling them ever since i can remember and I haven’t been bit by one yet. 🙂 they aren’t dangerous.
I Live In FLORIDA I have caught this spider that’s black on the body it has white fangs and a white ring surrounding the body And in the back its a light brown with a stripe of the same black color as the body… Please reply soon Because i Have Caught This Spider and i don’t know if i have to kill it or let it in my house (cause my house is full of ants…)
Yea my house is like arachnophobia i have these jumping spiders all over the place. I live in Buffalo NY they on my car i have killed one baby so far but where there is one there is many. anyone know of a way to keep them away from my house and car. I am terrified of spiders and i flipping out here!
I would suggest removing the spider with a type of insect spray that is designed for getting rid of spiders. Otherwise you might try capturing it and moving it to a new location then proceed to spray around your house (it’s good to do this once a year, usually in the spring). This will keep spiders from coming back.
I live in West Central Illinois, near the Mississippi River. The house I have lived in for the last 15 years has always had a few jumping spiders that I see right around this time of year. They look like little black tarantulas and often have a distinctive marking on their back. The strangest thing I have observed about these spiders is their ability to change color – that little marking on their backs, which depends on the surrounding. I have seen the marking be red, white, and even a blue tone, about he shade of blue that used for the numbering of the posts on this page. It is the same color of blue that is in my kitchen. I wish I would have taken pictures of this, but I suppose someone would accuse me of photo shopping it. I’ve never been bitten by one.
I have a daring jumping spider who has made a nest below the window on our screen door. And we keep getting it mad when we open and close the door. How do you suggest we attempt to remove it?
i live in south Texas, and the little jumping spiders have always been around my home, but just recently i have made a friend of one who made her home in my kitchen window, she comes out to watch me do dishes… so i have started feeding her and in the last 2 weeks she has almost doubled in size (even though she was tiny to start out with) but i do have a question…how often should i feed her, because i feed her everyday sometimes 4 flys at once depending on how many i can catch, and she never turns down her dinner, but is the “over feeding” healthy for her???
i was bit today in my swimming pool by a daring jumping spider. i freaked out never seeing one before and went to the hospital. they said they are not dangerous unless allergic to them but they gave me 3 shots today because of it i did not know i had to get a tetna shot because i got bit and a steroid shot to with me being a bad diabetic they was very cautious with me but it stung for a while that little thing hurt but i feel better now since they gave me the shots u can only see the punctures in my arm its not even red any more . we took the spider with us to make sure we knew what kind it was. and they said it was a daring jumping spider so maybe that helps….
hi my name is shanice, just saying the picture of someone been bit well let me tell u I’ve been bit before well i was only 6 when i was bit but i thought it was a spider cause that’s the only thing I’m scared of which i am NOW but actually it wasn’t it was something but i don’t know what it is but I’m sure you will know thanks anyways
I always heard that they are poisonous, so just a minute ago I killed one that was crawling across one of my guitars, now I feel bad now that I know that they aren’t venomous to humans, just only an allergy to some. Now I know next time not to kill them. Here I see mostly the black ones with the white markings, I can tell a jumping spider by how they move and how their legs are positioned, the only ones I see here is the black ones with white markings, and once in a while I’ll see a very tiny brown one, both are very fast little critters, I live in the subtropics, so maybe there are more that I haven’t seen yet. Poor little fella dropped a strand of silk all the way to the floor after I sprayed it with Raid.
I live in Northern Texas. Yesterday i was walking in a field of semi-tall grass. Suddenly, i felt a sharp pain in my leg. I looked down, but nothing was there, and few hours later, a white dot formed, and my calf was red. Today, the dot turned brown, almost black, and there is a red patch surrounding it. Does anyone know what kind of spider it was?
Nah, salticids aren’t dangerous at all. They can pinch – yeah, sure – but who wouldn’t fight back if you constantly nag them?
Portia is the leetest of them all – it can actually learn on its own errors and perform better every time. Like, for example, if it jumps away from your finger but the finger keeps following, it will instead jump on the finger, etc.
I WENT TO A FIELD TRIP ABOUT ANIMALS THERE WAS THIS RED AND BLUE SPIDERS ONE WAS MISSING IT TURNS OUT IT WAS MAKING A HOME ABOVE ME AND IT BIT ME I THE ARM IT HURTED THEN WHEN I GOT HOME I DIDN’T FEEL SO GOOD I TURNED WHITE AND THE NEXT MORNING I WAS TAN
I used to find these (or at least I believe they were these) occasionally at the park I used to play at when I was little. They were pretty much harmless, and my mother would move her finger around it and it would watch it and chase (leap) at it. They were so cute
Just had a spider in my house that looked like a Funnel Web Spider, howver it had two (I think two) red spots on its back. It reared up like a Tarantula would. Thought it might be a jumping spider cause it did jump, but none of the pics I have seen match this spider. Does anyone know what kind it may be.
Tonight my husband and I were sitting in our living room and we both saw this large black spider on the wall near the patio door. It was fuzzy and had a single white dot on its back. I looked it up and I am pretty sure that it was a jumping spider. I know that the bite isnt supposed to be dangerous but my husband is allergic to spider bites and I have a 3 year and a 1 year old, as well as 2 very small dogs. I have never been bitten so I dont know if I am allergic. Is there any effective way to prevent them from coming into our home? We hardly ever open the patio door and with it getting colder, we wont be opening it at all. I would really appreciate any help keeping these guys out of our home. We are all terrified of spiders to begin with.
theres a huge spider in my house and i have a lot of animals there close to it what do i do HELP PLEASE!!!!!!!
I have always found these guys to be incredibly cute, and have only been bitten once, when i was foolish enough to try catching one by covering it with my hand while it was on my arm.
Today I found one at work in receiving, and tried to pick him up to put outside. First I tried shooing him into a box, then had to settle for the bare hands, he was too smart to fall for a box. The strangest thing is he had a weird defensive behavior. Instead of the usual leaping away, he did BACK FLIPS in place. I guess to make himself more menacing. it was quite funny. I looked him up and the breed as far as I could tell was a Daring Jumping Spider.
I love Jumping Spiders. They’re what started my love for all spiders. I caught my female Jumping Spider, Paulie, and kept her as m own little pet. I can honestly say we’ve grown attached to eachother. I think she admires me because i feed her twice or so a week. But she’s getting ready for hibernation now. I already miss her. She’s building her web in the small little bug conatiner i hav her in.
I seen a jumping brown spider the size of a Canadian dollar, brown in color and hairy legs. We are in Edmonton. Alberta. The spider was on the wall and when I went to take a closer look, it jumped off the wall. It really scared me.
Ring-like rash might be an indication it was a tick (another type of arachnid “spider” that is parasitic instead of predatory), as that is a common reaction, although not all tick bites result in a ring. Did the ring originally look different than in the picture? It’s usually a very pronounced, solid red ring with the bite in the middle. Might want to try researching other insect bites that leave rings or asking your doctor.
yesterday morning I was weeding my grandmothers rose garden, we live in Massachusetts. When I was done I sat down and looked at my leg, I saw a small red dot with a light pink ring around it, It didn’t hurt at all. About 4 hours later I looked at it and it was then a white dot surrounded by a very bright red circle, about the size of a quarter.I woke up this morning to the same bright red circle, but now have a larger light pink ring around the red and white. I’m curious as to what kind of spider I was bitten by.
We built a log cabin in the mountains in Western NC.It was a heavily wooded lot. I have been bitten eight times by small black hopping spiders. Always on my feet and mostly between my toes. Three or four of the bites had two holes. The last one I killed before it could bite twice. They itch extremely bad. Then the next day they swell badly, turn very red and look infected after three days, even with antibiotical salve. It really looks bad for several weeks. it takes three or four weeks to clear and the skin peels off. Does anyone know what this sounds like. I check every pair of shoes before I put them on. A couple of the bites occured at night. Help
I just about an hour ago was bitten by what I believe is a jumping spider. I’ve been bitten by one before a couple years ago. All that happened was the puncture marks turned white, redness around the bite, minor pain and itching, and the bite got hot. Usually when I get bit by a jumping spider the effects only last about thirty minutes.
But will I start to develop an allergy to the venom if I get bitten many times? Because we have lots and lots of spiders and other critters. Just Curious
I have this little jumping spider that is hunting on my monitor at night since little insects are attracted to the light and radiation from the large monitor. Hope he/she kills those nasty fruit flies that come in from the fruit I buy. Never heard of anyone keeping them as pets. I might try it out.
When plugging in a cord to a out door socket I noticed a thick white web of some find in the corner of the box, thinking it was probably some find of larva I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to it and continued to plug in the cord. I felt a quick sting on the back of my hand. I had seen several yellow jackets in the same area I just assumed I had been stung. It did seem strange I couldn’t find the stinger and it only hurt slightly for a few seconds. Several hours later my hand started swelling and itching and before long my hand was twice the size as the other one and burning pretty bad, and very painful. The swelling was going up my arm past my elbow. We went out were the cord was plugged in and opened the webbing and found a black jumping spider the one with the green fangs. I know they don’t usually bite but my hand must have brushed the nest causing the spider to react. The swelling and pain lasted three days before starting to return to normal. A very unpleasant experience
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In reply to Kelsey, I’ve noticed spiders, if your afraid of them like I am, have a habit of falling on you or when you go to kill them(have to get someone else to for me) they look like there going to attack you! I came across earlier this afternoon what i now know is a jumping spider. He was black (shine) with white dots. I’ve never seen this type before and this thing was so creepy looking I thought it was a tarantula or black widow. Im in ontario, and didn’t think we got the little suckers here. Sadly and I know it sounds funny but i’m afraid to go sit in my living room now! The other night i was watching tv, and could see something on the arm rest moving. I tell ya, i could NOT get up fast enough I tried and kept falling back, my dog was in the way I wanted to cry and im 34yrs old! Spiders I sware sense people that are afraid of them. They always fall near me, a few ive found in my bed hope I dont have ANY in my bed fall on me or about to. Ive seen alot of spiders lately inside various ones due to the weather. They scare the crap outta me! Is it normal to have them in Canada? How do you get rid of them? Where do they come from and how do they come in?
We captured a spider a few days ago thinking it might have been a trantula. However, after extensive research, we now have concluded that it is a “jumping spider.” More specific Phiduppus Workmani. The only reason I wanted to keep it was because it has a cute little white heart on it. We have it encased in a long shot glass (temporarily) and have been feeding it moths. And little sucker loves them moths! I was quite surprised and almost ready to give up searching to find out what it was. But now, we have the priviledge to watch our little jumper grow! It is really exciting to see them stalk their prey. Believe me, I do not like spiders, until this little jumer came along. It is true that they can see you and do look right at you! I will enjoy my looking up more info on how to care for this little jumper. Nice to know, their bites aren’t venemous.
I recently took some pictures of a very neat looking spider that lives under my deck post caps and decided to do some investigating into what type of spider. After seeing some pictures and reading some information, I’m 100% sure it’s a jumping spider (salticidae). I have no intentions of killing them, but would like to make sure they are not a threat since I have a 3 year old. Any advice would be appreciated.
they are this really weird type of spider that’s name is Kalomis Bam. my dad knows all about them it is actually is pretty cool. would you like to see one that my dad has trained?
very recently, as in the last year or so, i have noticed a large amount of spiders i have never seen before. they have taken up residence in my rose bushes and in mine and my brothers bedrooms. i have actually been bitten by one while sleeping in my bed! while the bite only hurt for a while and did no more than turn red, i have been to afraid to sleep in my own bed. i swear they find pleasure in scaring the pants out of us, for the number of times they have climbed on the ceiling and then randomly fallen on us while we are reading or watching tv (they never fall on the floor, its always on someone) i have been told from friends that they are a very venomous form of wolf spider. i ask you however what the heck they are and how to get rid of them and keep them gone?! they are about the size of a quarter or bigger and are black, hairy, and have green spots on their backs. i will post pics when i find another.
a slightly related question: is it true that wolf spiders and jumping spiders eat black widows?
I was bitten one week ago by a female green jumping spider and I am 5 months pregnant so I cannot take any antihistamines etc. The bite started as a large mozzie bite with a tiny white dot like a pin-head pimple and slowly the skin turned hard and the redness spread. Now one week later the red hard tissue has spread to the size of a golf ball and fels hot to the touch. It is very panfull and hurts when I stand or bend my leg. Icing it helps with the swelling and some redness goes down but as soon as the bite site warms up again it is back to where it started. Any ideas how long this wound will last???
I have been bitten on my head by something, in a hotel in Nevada. Its almost spring here. I have big welt on one spot and a smaller one in another place. I have pain around the smaller welt, but it seems to be a sharp pain every minute or so. UNLESS, direct contact will cause the sharp pain. Its not red and it doesn’t itch. But if I move my scalp it seems to hurt more then if say I would slap the welt. I know that sounds funny but this pain is making me mad Its been about 30 hours since the bite. I think it is jumping spider. Can anyone help. O ya I have Dr. appointment tomorrow for other reasons.
I think I was bit by a jumping spider today, I got six welts on my arm under my sleeve, daniel g decribes it perfect as a “stinging burn”. The bites were one after another, and hurt like hell. My arm swelled up and the bite marks turned into welts with a white dot in the middle. I went to the hospital because I’m not sure if it was a brown recluse bite. They put me on drip antibiotocs,an anti swelling med, and a benadryl drip. Now I have a 10 day course of antibiotics, steroids, and antihistamines. Not fun. These spiders may be cool but getting bit is no fun.
Where I live (Lewiston, ID), I always see these “mini-tarantula”-looking spiders. Usually in the Spring and Summer. They’re black and furry, usually the size of a quarter. They have huge, metallic green eyes and large metallic green chelicerae. I’ve seen most dangerous spiders around here (brown recluses, black widows, hobos, etc), but these are definitely the creepiest, most menacing looking spiders (IMO) that I’ve seen, though I don’t think they’re dangerous (they look as if they would be, though).
Anyway, I looked them up on Wikipedia, and found this short-but-interesting article on them (complete with creepy close-up pictures… beware!). Their species is Phidippus Audax, and they’re called the “daring” jumping spiders… I think most people know what I’m talking about. They may be harmless, but they’re creepy as hell all the same. Wouldn’t want one jumping on me!
Anyway, you might want to add a picture of these dudes to this page.
I found a small spider on a window sill in my bedroom last night, and because I am terrified of spiders it of course freaked me out. At a distanceit looked like a fly, but when I got closer I realized it was a spider. It was about the size of a flt and black. It had fuzzy legs and feelers or jaws or whatever there called. Its abdomen was black with a small red spot ihn the center. I have searched the internet, but have failed to find a match. I am sorry I could not get a pic. I was afraid to get too close. Please help me in identfying this creature.
If its any help I live in Northern N.Y.
my newest jumping spider that i have is about 1cm long- large for a jumper. when startled, this jumper jumps into the air and FLIPS. i have had several jumpers as pets; and 1 is about to produce her THIRD egg sack, in my possession. WARNING: DO NOT TRY TO HANDLE YOUR MOTHER JUMPER WHEN SHE HAS AN EGG SACK WITH HER!! SHE WILL DISPLAY HER FANGS AT YOU UNTILL YOU REMOVE THE EGG SACK!! i currently have 3 mature jumpers, and 2 unmature jumpers. it is very fun to watch them hunt- watch them hunt when you have the chance.
ooooooo…. I love jumping spiders. They are so intelligent, not to mention they have excellent eye sight. Try it out. The next time you see one of these little guys, move close to it and see what it does. So cool. They aren’t scary guys. 🙂
I don’t believe that jumping spiders are very prone to biting people. Most that I have seen aren’t even wouldn’t even have fangs large enough to puncture the skin. These guys are excellent jumpers and have eye sight probably better than we do. Not likely to get themselves put into sticky situations. Although, all spiders ARE poisonous, most lack the fangs and potency to do much damage.
Jumping spiders most of the time are kinda furry, ranging from brownish to black with orange etc somewhere on the body. They also have a pair of large eyes at the top that will check you out immediately if you get too close.
Remember, spiders are crucial to our environment. Be smart, be careful and just don’t touch spiders that aren’t your family pet!
over the years,I,ve handeled hundreds of species of spider,with only
a few bites. trying to cup a red back jump spider in my hands,it tried to squeze between my fingers,and bit next to the web between my fingers. all I felt was a stinging burn,much like a fire ant.
the result was a small red spot,and a mild itch.after 24 hrs.,no more itch. after 3 days all but completely cleared up. the treatment:
washed w/soap,water and applied a topical antibiotic ointment.
conclusion: they are reluctant to bite,unless provoked.
their bite can be a little painful,but harmless
only those that have an alergy to nerotoxic venom should be concerned
my 6 year old daughter constantly plays with these,and has never been
w0w. i didnt kn0w spiders could jump….
im so afraid 0f spiders.
ther is a huge black and white spider outside my window. It is spotted and hairy and about the size of a 50 cent piece
Got bit by a spider i think. Started out as a bump and itched like hell then formed a ring around it after an hour or so and the next day the skin started to peel off. It hurts like hell but there is no swelling. Any idea?
THAT SPIDER IS SO KOOL BUT I KNOW THAT IT IS DANGEROUS. MY FRIEND GOT BITTEN BY ONE OF THOSE AND WAS IN THE HOSPITLE 4 A WEEK.
While it’s hard to guess without seeing a picture, it does sound like a jumping spider because they generally have the most unique markings like you described.
If you have good eyesight you can tell by their eyes though. The jumping spider family is the only one with 4 pairs of eyes, and they surround the upper portion of the head. The front pair is considerably bigger than the pairs on the side and rear.
I’m not a specialist on jumping spiders, but I have had an interest in them for 15 years, and researched as well as handled dozens of species without ever getting bit. But the best way to find out for sure is to do an internet search of jumping spiders (your region).
I hope this helped,
I found and killed a dime sized black furry spider, with what looks to be white fangs and white rings on it’s legs and a stripe on it’s back. what kind is it? is it a jumping spider? Is it dangerous, i found two in two days. Both in the house.
Hello, several years ago, my daughter was bitten on the neck, by a hairy black and white ‘jumping’ spider, who had made its home in a honeysuckle arbor over the enterance to the deck. When daughter attempted to go under the arbor the spider lept out and bit daughter. You could see the punctures, and the bite turned into a welt and was red. No necrosis developed, but she said it hurt and itched.
i do not know what kind it is i have a big bite my head hurts,mucles,throught,anbthe finger it bit could any one tell me what it is?