How to Find a Spider Nest

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Things You'll Need

  • Gloves

  • Extension device

Spiders aren't always welcome guests.

Even though spiders are useful in the control of insects around your home, it is still unnerving to find them making a nest where anyone could accidentally disturb them. It is important to be able to locate and identify a spider nest not only for that reason, but also to make sure your home does not become overrun with arachnids. Here are some helpful ways to locate a spider nest.


Step 1

Look in corners of overhangs and door openings on the outside of your home. Also want to check around any bushes, trees or other shrubbery. Spiders also like to make their nests in dark, cluttered places such as attics and garages. Be sure to move boxes and in order to thoroughly check the premises. On rare occasions you will find a spider nest in a far corner of a room inside the actual residence.

Step 2

Understand what exactly it is you are searching for. Some spiders will carry their nests with them, so they will be more difficult to locate. Others will cover the nest with large amounts of web silk in order to conceal it from predators. The egg sac itself is usually round or pillow-shaped and milky in color. It will contain several hundred or thousand eggs, so be careful if you happen to find one.


Step 3

Lift the suspected nest with a gloved hand or some type of extension device so you do not harm the eggs or yourself. Examine the shape and size of what you retrieve so you can determine if this is indeed a spider nest. If you are fortunate enough to look inside, the spider eggs are very small and round in shape. The egg color depends upon the species of arachnid.

Step 4

Dispose of the nest accordingly. Some people may want to keep the nest, while others wish to dispose of it. If you wish to have the nest properly disposed of, contact your local pest control company on suggested methods to accomplish this.



Chad Stetson

Chad Stetson began his freelance writing career in 2010. He writes for various online publications, specializing in philosophy and theology topics. Stetson completed Canadian Mennonite University's academic writing program and is studying mathematics and physics at the University of Manitoba.