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December 28, 2010

It's Enough They Crawl, But Jump?

The Jumping Spider get its name from its jumping ability used to capture prey. They are an occasional nuisance pest indoors, and some colored species may cause concern when people mistake them for Black Widow spiders. About 300 species of jumping spiders are found in the United States and Canada.

Compact with relatively short leg, jumping spiders are usually black, although sometimes brown, tan, or gray, with pale markings of white, gray, yellow, red, blue and/or green. They are typically covered with hairs or scales, often brightly colored.

Jumping spiders do not construct snare webs but do build web retreats which are loosely woven, saclike, composed of several envelopes and usually have two openings. Unlike most spiders, jumping spiders are active during the daytime and seem to like sunshine.

They are hunters and have the keenest vision of all spiders, being able to detect and react to movement up to 18” in distance; however their night vision is very poor. They can rapidly move both sideways and backwards for short distances. As their name implies, they are excellent jumpers.

If you're concerned about spiders in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts

Reference: www.pestworld.org

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