The safest place for a spider to hang

…is in my office, of course. They must know I won’t squish, and I might even throw them a spare fly.

This nice leggy Pholcus has taken up residence near the radiator on the right side of my desk. They have a good eye for real estate.


  1. rblackadar says

    I like Pholcus, which is fortunate for me because here in California there’s no shortage of them indoors. They typically do this amazing back-and-forth gyration in their webs when disturbed, sort of a spidery feat pf bungee jumping.

  2. brightmoon says

    I’ve got a lot of them hanging around
    the books , books and crannies of my apartment . I’ll only swat them if they crawl on me . It’s a reflex,I’m not fond of spiders . In fact I’m slightly phobic so even though these are harmless I react too fast to prevent them dying . I think they’re learning to avoid me!

  3. Tethys says

    I have Pholcus in the basement, but due to hail destroying my storm windows I’ve got a whole bunch of Agelenopsis living in between my windows and covering my houseplants in funnel web sheets. At least they catch the moths?

    I won’t be letting them stay, just as I don’t let the mice move in. Cats and vacuums are in order.

  4. robro says

    Like rblackadar @ #2, we’re in California and we’ve got a lot of Pholcus in the house, the garage, and under the eaves. We’re very lenient toward spiders in general. As a former Floridian, I’ll cut spiders slack because if they catch mosquitoes.

  5. microraptor says

    A rather large spider moved into my bathroom a couple of days ago. Not sure what kind it is, I think it’s a wolf spider of some sort. The legs are pretty long and it goes zooming up and down the walls. I like it.

  6. ANB says

    Ha! A few years ago, I lived in a very ramshackle cabin in highly remote northernmost California (Siskiyou County). I probably shared that space with a couple of thousand spiders, mostly Pholcus. They didn’t bother me; I didn’t bother them (I hope). Much fewer on the Mendocino coast as the weather mostly stays in the 50’s and 60’s.