Jumping Spiders - School IPM - USU Extension

    Jumping Spiders

    Salticidae

    Bold jumper

    Bold jumper (Kaldari, Wikimedia Commons)

    Jumping spider

    Jumping spider (David Cappaert, Bugwood.org)

    Jumping spider

    Jumping spider (Karan A Rawlins, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org)

    Identification

    • smaller spiders
    • eye pattern gives appearance of two small eyes and large nostrils
    • active during the day
    • very agile and erratic movement
    • the most common jumping spider in Utah, the bold jumper, has a black body with green chelicera and a white dot on the back of the abdomen; the color of the dot may vary (most frequently red)

    Nesting Habits

    • often found on walls (indoors and outdoors) or ceilings
    • make silk retreats in which the female will lay eggs

    Diet

    • insects and spiders

    Significance

    • could be a nuisance pest indoors
    • not known to be a health hazard
    • beneficial

    IPM Recommendations

    • Minimize nesting habitat around property.
    • Seal exterior cracks and crevices.
    • Install tight-fitting door sweeps at the base of all exterior doors.
    • Install tight-fitting screens in windows.
    • Keep windows closed.
    • Vacuum individuals that enter buildings.
    • Step on or smash individual spiders that enter.
    • Catch and release (with a glass jar) spiders found indoors.
    • Change exterior lighting to sodium vapor bulbs.

    Additional Resources:

    IPM for Spiders: Integrated Pest Management in Sensitive Environments (University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension)