How to Deal With a Huntsman Spider: Easy Steps for a Peaceful Home

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How To Deal With A Huntsman Spider

Do you have a huntsman spider in your home? Are you wondering how to deal with a huntsman spider that looks like it is going to attack you? Let’s find out

Huntsman spiders are one of the many spider species that are not deadly to humans. However, they can be unwelcome houseguests.

If you have one in your house, the first thing to remember is to calm yourself. Remember that there are ways to dispose of it, either on your own or with the help of a professional. It will most likely not attack you, and even if it did, the bite wouldn’t cause much harm.

Moreover, know that there is no reason for you to try and kill a huntsman spider. The best thing to do is to just return it back outside the home, where it belongs.

How To Deal With A Huntsman Spider

Why Huntsman Spiders Come Into Homes

The Huntsman species of spider displays foraging behavior in its hunt for food. Unlike other spiders, huntsman spiders don’t spin a web around their prey to kill it.

Instead, they use their legs to sense their prey and then use their superior speed to attack it. This foraging tendency sometimes leads them inside human homes.

Their diet includes insects and arthropods, so if one of these things has come into your home, or you have an infestation of these creatures, a huntsman spider might very well show up inside your place.

Huntsman spiders also eat small lizards and frogs, which is why you might sometimes find them in your garden or near water bodies.

Another reason why huntsman spiders come into homes is to escape extreme weather. The ideal temperature for a huntsman spider is between 75 to 85F.

If the heat is unbearable or if it is too cold or wet outside, huntsman spiders may seek shelter indoors. But, despite being one of the biggest spider species, they can be quite harmless.

How To Get Rid of Huntsman Spiders?

If you want to get rid of giant crab spiders inside your home or in your garden, the first thing to do is locate why they are in your house – what’s the food source they have chased inside your home?

Check if there is any pest infestation or arthropods living under the floorboards or within crevices. You can also call pest control and get some treatments done to prevent infestation.

This will help you get rid of huntsman spiders automatically.

Most spiders cannot stand certain scents like peppermint oil. You can put a few drops of this scented oil around the house to keep them from coming in.

How To Deal With A Huntsman Spider

How To Gently Remove a Huntsman Spider

If you find a huntsman spider in your home, don’t try to chase it or crush it. It might run towards you or simply run away and hide in a place where you won’t be able to find it.

Instead, approach it slowly without disturbing it. Place a plastic container over the spider and hold it in place. Then, take a sheet of paper and gently slide it under the container. Now, take the container outside and release the spider.

However, before you approach a spider to dispose of it, be sure about the species. If it has a brown color, it may not be a huntsman spider. So check for other markers for correct identification before you try to remove it.

Crushing a spider is one of the worst ideas because if it turns out to be a female with its egg sac attached to it, you will end up having an infestation of baby huntsman spiders in your house.

How To Kill a Huntsman Spider

There’s really never any need to kill a huntsman spider. Huntsman spiders cannot fatally harm humans, and they typically don’t even consider humans as prey.

If you find one or more in your house, it is best to call pest control and get rid of them. However, this does not mean getting someone to kill the spider. Instead, a professional will use the same method we described earlier to put it in a safe place in its natural habitat.

Sometimes, people mistake the brown recluse spider for a huntsman spider. This spider species can cause considerable damage to humans, so you need to be very careful.

However, no matter how venomous the spider is, it is always wise to look for alternatives to killing it. You should always try to gently trap the spider and take it outside or simply call for professional assistance.

How To Deal With A Huntsman Spider

Don’t Hurt a Huntsman – They Are Not Dangerous to You

Huntsman spiders may look scary, but they are not dangerous. They might be one of the largest spider species, but huntsman spiders rarely attack humans. So, while you may not want to keep them at home, there is no need to hurt them.

Huntsman spiders’ venom is non-lethal to humans. It is unlikely that you will need medical attention if you get bitten.

But on rare occasions, a huntsman spider’s bite can cause nausea, headaches, heart palpitations, erratic pulse, and vomiting. However, this is still not reason enough to hurt a huntsman spider.

Huntsman spiders are great for pest control. They eat insects and other pests. So if you see one in your house, release it into your garden or out in the wild instead of hurting or killing it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do huntsman spiders jump at you?

Huntsman spiders do not deliberately jump at you. They may fall from the surface while trying to escape. It looks like they are jumping because of their crab-like posture.

However, huntsman spiders rarely target humans. They are usually scared and tend to run away. So as long as you don’t go digging around a piece of loose bark and disturb their nests, you should not encounter a huntsman spider.

Can you handle a huntsman spider?

You need to be very careful while handling a huntsman spider. It can bite if you don’t know the right technique for picking it up.

If it does, immediately clean and press an ice pack to the wound. When you are unsure about handling the spider, you should call in pest control professionals.

Should you leave huntsman spiders in your house?

You can leave a huntsman spider in your house. It can get rid of other pests and is not a dangerous spider, for humans at least.

However, you may not want to share your home with such an unwanted guest. In that case, it is best to gently remove the spider and ensure that it doesn’t enter again.

Why do huntsman spiders run towards you?

Huntsman spiders usually run when frightened. Therefore, if they are running toward you, it is not to attack you but to escape. They have poor eyesight and rely on their legs to tell them about dangers nearby and which direction to run in.

This is why they might run towards you instead of away from you. With a leg span of almost 12 inches, giant huntsman spiders run very fast, and that can seem disturbing. But you should remain calm and just let them be.

How To Deal With A Huntsman Spider

Wrap Up

If you have a fear of creepy crawlies, you will want to be miles away from a huntsman spider. But if you stumble across one, remember not to panic. You can calmly remove the spider without getting bitten. We hope you were able to deal with any huntsman spider you had in your home, and thank you for reading!


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16 Comments. Leave new

  • Some people use the Osage Orange as a natural spider repellent. I doubt there are any trees in your area, but they do sell online (try Amazon.)

  • I think that the guide was cruel to mercilessly kill the huntsman you encountered. I would have scooped him into a container and taken him to a area with no people to be let loose. and thus let him live on.

  • .and I mean it.

  • Lois Anne Smith
    November 16, 2013 8:16 am

    I’m planning to move to Ecuador in 2 months and want to know what venimous thing do I look out for, and because it’s the tropics and doors are open to a porch, etc. how to I keep them out? I also have two cats. How do I protect them. I’m doing research on natural remedies and taking with me. Will an electric fence around the back yard deter snakes and spiders. Got some tips. This is my first time visiting.

    • We do not feel qualified to answer this question as we imagine there are many stinging and biting creatures in the tropical country of Ecuador. We doubt an electric fence will do much to keep away unwanted creatures, and it might give a nasty shock or worse to beneficial and benign creatures, so we would not recommend installing one.

  • stuart longhorn
    December 29, 2013 6:25 pm

    Even though late to comment, i feel is worthwhile here as this is an important spider to recognise. It is indeed ones of the Phoneutria spp. For that region, really you’ve got the diverse options of P.fera, P.reydei, and P.boliviensis, and a 2013 paper by Hazzi et al. in Zootaxa is useful to look at to know what species most likely range into Ecuador. Really, to make identification, a photo of the abdomen underside or leg banding helps immensely, as they’ll raise four front legs in threat and show markings underneath. Unfortunately if that happens, you probably don’t want too be too close photographing … caution needed.

    • Dear Stuart,
      Thank you so much for your confirmation of this identification. Your assistance is greatly appreciated, and late is relative on the internet as there are always new visitors.

  • Hi.the spider is a brown huntsman (heteropoda jugalans) a very fast moving sp and very common

  • If they have Trechaleidae, it must be one.

  • stuart longhorn
    April 10, 2015 5:13 pm

    It’s a mature male of Ancylometes cf. bogotensis, family Ctenidae. I’ve seen them near identical on the north coast mainland, rather surprising to see on Roatan – but maybe transported by humans. Anyway, totally harmless. Definitely a spider! 🙂

    • Thanks for providing a comment on this old posting. We have created a Wandering Spider subcategory for the family Ctenidae.

  • Matthew Jeanes
    April 12, 2018 7:02 pm

    Saw a one just like this yesterday on the same caves.


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