How To Get Rid Of Camel Spiders in Three Easy Steps

Spotted a camel spider around the house? These arachnids may not be venomous, but they can leave painful bites. Here’s how to get rid of camel spiders from your home and surroundings.

Camel spiders usually dwell in the desert regions of the world, but you can also find them hiding in gardens around California, Texas, and other southwestern states.

These intimidating spiders can deliver painful bites that cause problems like excessive bleeding, redness, and swelling.

If you live in one of these states, you need to take proper measures to drive these spiders away from your garden. Read the article to know all about it.

How To Get Rid Of Camel Spiders

How To Identify A Camel Spider

Interesting, camel spiders are not spiders. They are a type of solpugid, a cross between a spider and a scorpion.

One of the main differences between them and spiders is that, unlike real spiders, they do not have venom and silk gland.

Moreover, they use a trachea for breathing which makes their oxygen intake faster and helps them to run fast while hunting.

These insects are usually found in deserts in Middle East Asia, the Southwestern states of the US, and Mexico. They have many names, such as wind scorpions, sun spiders, etc.

Camel spiders are bigger than normal houses spider. They usually grow to about 6-8 inches in length.

Camel Spider

They have eight legs, but it might look like they have ten due to two extra leg-like appendages called pedipalps, which are actually sensory organs.

Their tan-colored body helps them merge well with their desert surroundings. This keeps them safe from predators.

Also, if you look at one closely, you will notice tiny hair on their body, which helps to insulate them from the deadly desert heat.

Why Are They Dangerous?

There are many stories and urban legends which portray these spiders as mammoth, deadly creatures.

Some of these myths say that camel spiders can grow up to 2 feet in height, jump up to nearly three feet, and are poisonous enough to kill a large camel.

Another belief is that they are extremely fast, scream while they run, and can lay eggs under camel skin.

Well, the reality is entirely different, these spiders are not venomous at all, and they most certainly can’t kill camels.

They are fast but not extremely fast. A camel spider can run at a speed of 10 miles per hour.

However, they can be considered dangerous due to their ability to deliver painful bites to people.

Camel Spider

Camel spiders have massive plier-like jaws that easily break past human skin.

The camel spider bites can cause problems like intense bleeding, swelling, redness, and irritation. Therefore you must be careful around these insects.

If one of them bites you, make sure that you wash the wound with soap and apply an antibiotic ointment to it. Once that is done, cover the wounded region with a bandage to prevent an infection.

How to Get Rid of Sun Spiders?

During mating season, it is not uncommon to see these nocturnal spiders wandering around gardens and yards in states that are naturally dry and arid.

Since these spiders can bite, it is good to get rid of them if you keep noticing them regularly near your house.

Using chemical pesticides in liquid form is not a good idea, as they don’t work well against arachnids.

Spraying them directly on the camel spiders can kill them, but during the breeding season, others will repopulate the place in no time.

Camel Spider

Therefore the best way to keep them away from your homes is by keeping them free from pests like insects and lizards who are food for these spiders.

If there is a large number of these spiders in your home, you must call pest control specialists.

If you find only one or two of them inside your home, you can remove them by driving them out.

You will need the following things:

  • broom,
  • vacuum,
  • caulk,
  • spider-repellent chemicals,
  • sticky traps, and
  • draft guards

to effectively remove them from your home.

Here is a step-by-step guide to using these materials to get rid of camel spiders:

Step 1: Finding the Spiders

In order to get rid of the spiders, you must be able to track them and know where they live in your house or neighborhood.

You can use sticky traps to lure them out. Place them in corners and gaps around your furniture.

If they wander around those corners, they will get stuck in the traps, and you can get rid of them easily.

You should also thoroughly clean abandoned rooms, drawers, and closets using a vacuum to make sure that they are not hiding there.

Camel Spider

Step 2: Controlling the spiders

Once these spiders are stuck in the sticky traps, you can either kill them or release them in the wild. Keep re-inspecting the same spaces for more of them to appear.

You can kill any moving camel spiders you find on your re-inspection. Use pesticides like pest-control dust and spray in cracks and gaps where these bugs usually appear.

You also need to seal the possible entry points they can use to enter your home using caulk.

Step 3: Keep other pests away

Since they mostly hunt and consume other pests like lizards, scorpions, and small insects, removing them from your home and nearby surrounding will create a food shortage for them.

This will keep them away from your home. Apply insect repellent outside your house for good results.

How To Prevent Them From Coming Inside Homes?

To prevent sun spiders from coming back to your home, you must constantly check the spots where you encountered them first.

Since they usually live in places that are quiet and do not have any disturbances, attics and basements are ideal for them.

Regularly check these spots and keep cleaning them with a vacuum.

Also, these spiders can live in children’s sandboxes, which is why you must be extremely careful when the kids are playing with sand.

Camel Spider

Frequently Asked Questions

What kills a camel spider?

Liquid-based insecticides can be used to kill camel spiders. You can spray it directly on the spider to get the best results.
Also, camel spiders are prey for toads, big scorpions, and bats. You can also use sticky traps to catch spiders and kill them.

What are camel spiders attracted to?

Camel spiders usually prefer to be in places that are quiet and shady. They search for gaps and crevices in rock to stay away from the desert heat.
They prefer to hunt at night when the temperature goes down a little. At night they get attracted to different light sources.

Can you spray for camel spiders?

You can use liquid-based pesticides to get rid of camel spiders. They will kill them when sprayed directly, but it won’t be very effective during the breeding season.
More camel spiders will quickly repopulate the area in a short time. You can use sticky traps for better results.

What are camel spiders afraid of?

Camel spiders do not like living in places with cold temperatures, which is why they are found dwelling the desert areas.
They are also afraid of the active predators in the desert. Toads, big scorpions, and bats are some of the top predators of camel spiders in the desert.

Wrap Up

Camel spiders are certainly a big threat to the common pests residing in your house, but they are not safe as they can bite you and cause problems.

If you have pets or infants at home, you should drive out these solpugids on priority. While they are not venomous, their bites can be very painful.

Start by finding where these insects live and use products like pesticides and sticky traps to get rid of them.

Thank you for reading the article.

Reader Emails

Camel spiders can be a big menace, especially during their mating season. Over the years, our readers have shared their experiences with finding and driving out these spiders from their gardens and yards.

Do read all about it firsthand, and maybe you can pick up a few tips as well.

Letter 1 – Solpugid: Gassed to Death

 

spider query I was watching TV when I saw this spider walking across my hardwood floor. From a distance it looked like a small scorpion. It walked with its two large front legs in the air and the other legs in close to it body. Im happy to se it not a recluse but I cannot find anything that exactly resembles this spider. I took these photos after it was dead. I had to spray the it just incase it got away. I have never sen a brown recluse and with two small boys in the house. This is a Solpugid, sometimes called a Sun Spider or a Wind Scorpion. It is perfectly harmless as it has no venom. Solpugids are hunting machines, hence they are beneficial predators. Solpugids will quicly dispatch the scorpions you fear, as well as spiders, cockroaches and other crawling things you may not want in your home. Perhaps the next Solpugid you meet will not be gassed to death. Another Carnage Letter that ends on a Positive Note (04/19/2008) I panicked…thanks for the help with identification Dear Lisa Anne and Daniel, Though you may not be entomologists, I appreciate this “pet project” a great deal, and have included it in my favorites list. There’s no site quite like it. I intend to come back anytime my field guide fails me .like tonight when I was sitting on the floor and a solpugid (as it turns out) took me by surprise as it came running down the hall toward me. Though my first reaction is usually to trap and release most insects after I’ve identified them, when in a blur it looks like a scorpion, I swat. I’ve got babies in my house. My first thought tonight when I looked at the carnage (only squashed the back of the abdomen, so the head and legs on one side were pretty intact) was ” but it looks like a 10 legged (what the!!!) spider? with some pretty serious fangs” Next time I won’t kill my solpugid, and save it for the boys to see in the morning before releasing. Other interesting crittiers we’ve found in our family room– The Jerusalem Cricket that slowly crawled down the same tile hallway making a mysterious clicking sound for about 15 min. till we discovered the alien like source. Glad I didn’t accidentally step on that spiky exoskeleton with my bare feet. Definitely have plenty of house centipedes (thanks for that ident. I knew it was a centipede, but it had such long hairy legs). And the bright green and hairy Wolf Spider I came across a few years back was really quite something.   Living in relatively the same geographic region, I wonder if you have ever experienced the amazing appearance in fall of a distinctive dark brown (almost black) spider with orange stripes? Appropriately clad for Halloween in October…which is when they made their first appearance, en masse, on our patio (which has a roof). My husband who was irritated that he couldn’t get to the BBQ to make dinner one night announced to them all “so if you are here tomorrow night, I’m getting my torch out (the chef kind-mini one).” They must have listened, as from that night on, they only spun their webs after dinner, and had rolled up/eaten/torn loose their webs by morning. I even attempted to videotape one spinning it’s web one night. I see them appear about the same time every year (never as many as that first year in the house)…I’ve seen one over at the Huntington too. Oh, and our 6 foot tall friend walked up to one that was spinning one night, and the little guy put up his front legs in defense as if to say “bring it on big guy.” Definitely not a timid spider.” That year they would hide out in the creases between ceiling boards/the occasional knot in the wood during the day. Now I only find them in the outlying bushes, rarely under the patio roof anymore. Any idea what title I can attribute to the photos I’m sure to one day find again?  Another mom over in Mt. Washington says she has had a similar experience. Amelia Glendale , CA Hi Amelia, Your spiders are probably Araneus Orb Weavers, or perhaps a Neoscona species. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has a spider identification service. Just capture a spider and take it in for identification.

Letter 2 – Sixth Recipient Nasty Reader Award: Unnecessary Carnage Solpugid dies agonizing death

 

What is THIS bug? July 18, 2009 I killed this bug (sorry, I was afraid!) in my garage tonight and was so creeped out I’ve got the heebie-jeebies! I have no idea what it is, can you please tell me? It has large jaws and is appx 3/4 to one inch long. Creeped out in Colorado Foothills of the Rocky Mts. in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Solpugid dead from unknown causes
Solpugid dead from unknown causes
Dear Creeped Out, This harmless Solpugid looks like its final moments were horrific.  Solpugids are fierce predators, but they have no venom and will not harm humans.  Cockroaches and other undesirable household intruders are common prey for this formidable hunter. Update:  NASTY READER AWARD After we supplied Creeped Out with the above answer, Creeped Out had the wherewithal to submit the following tirade.  Seems Creeped Out didn’t read the release on our form which gives us the right to post images and letters to the website and to use them in other authorized What’s That Bug publications.  Nowhere in our response did we libel (slander is uttered aloud, and thankfully we have never spoken to her) Creeped Out’s reputation, and we stand by our statement that the final moments of the Solpugid’s life were horrific.  We are very happy we don’t live in Colorado Springs as we might run into Creeped Out and her nasty temper by getting some cosmetic dental work done (info we gleaned from her email address which we will withhold from publication).  Just imagine the horror and potential pain if she ever took her wrath out on someone’s teeth?  Read on and see just how nasty some readers can get after getting free information on the internet. That was a ridiculous way you used my submission. I would have never given you permission to use my submission if I had known what a wack-job you were. Need you be so melodramatic about a bug (which by the way there are trillions of?!) You do not have my permission to use anymore information of mine including this email! I will be sure not to recommend your site to any of my friends for fear you will slander them too on the web. Sorry I even ASKED you for help. Creeped out in Colorado A Reader Comments Nasty Reader I just have to comment on creeped out’s nasty email. The entire point of this website and the reason why so many of us bug lovers are so grateful for it is to educate those who may not appreciate the insect kingdom for the amazing necessity it is. Those who are so inclined to “squish” first and ask questions later may think twice had they had known that the poor little Solpugid wouldn’t have even been in their garage if it weren’t for a food source… like COCKROACHES. Whether “There are trillions of them” or not it is just as easy to remove them without killing them or actually be thankful for how beneficial they are. I believe the correct spelling is “whacked out”…AND people in glass houses…. Andrea, Hollywood. Creeped Out Comments Request for revision: Web site says “after we supplied the reader with the above answer”. Please revise that in your notes since you NEVER supplied me with that explanation.  You simply wrote two words “harmless solpugid” in an email and sent it to me. I had to go out on the web site to see the way you presented it and to see your full answer and then I still had to search the web to find out what a “solpugid” was. If you want to be accurate, please adjust your notes accordingly Ed. Note Creeped Out is correct.  Our original response to her was a brief two word answer which we sometimes do in an effort to answer as many requests as possible.  Then we spend more time crafting responses that we plan to post.  We do not feel sorry that after supplying a brief correct identification, the burden of further research was placed on the querant. Creeped Out continues to write to us It seems I am not the only one with a bad temper judging from your response. Your words were completely unnecessary and unrelated to bugs or your website. I apologized in my initial email to begin with and only became insulted by the way you presented my situation. I apologize for killing the “solpugid” and I am sorry that I became angry. I didn’t think that this was the first photo of a dead bug you would have seen so I apologize for not being more sensitive to your passion. Ed. Note: For the record, we no longer email Creeped Out directly, as feel compelled to keep all lines of communication totally transparent and public.  Also, for the record, though we consider What’s That Bug? to be an insect identification website, we do not shy away from relating the insect world to the grander scheme of things.  We have maintained from Day 1 that we are not scientists, but artists, and as such, we reserve the right to dialog in whatever way we see fit and to not fear letting our freaky flag fly. Another Reader Comments Big nasty black thing July 22, 2009 I was so intrigued by Creeped Out’s diatribe and backstory that I thought I’d let you know there are calm, reasonable people in Colorado as well. Also, I need a bug identified. I’m so sorry I don’t have a photo; I’m too scared of them, and I only see a couple a day. It doesn’t look anything like the photo attached, which I had to do for the form to work. They are 1 1/2″ or so long, black but iridescent (blue or green in sunlight), have a small middle section (thorax?) , very narrow “waist” and a long, skinny back end. They buzz when they fly. I’m scared because I thought I saw one flying away from biting my son; I just need to know how vigilant to be about them! If you can refer me to a lineup, I’m sure I could pick one out, and if I get a picture I’ll write again. Thanks for all you do! For Heaven’s Sake Feel Free to Post This western CO Dear For Heaven’s Sake, Thanks for your support regarding our latest Nasty Reader Award.  Your insects sound like some kind of wasp, perhaps a Cricket Hunter Wasp in the genus Chlorion, or a Blue Mud Wasp, Chalbion californicum, or some other Thread-Waisted Wasp in the family Sphecidae.  All of them may be viewed on BugGuide, but our money is on the Blue Mud Wasp.

Letter 3 – Solpugid: Dead on the Want Ads

 

I need help with an identification please… August 11, 2009 Well, my Mom discovered this guy roaming the floor on the bedroom in Santa Fe, NM. It looks vaguely spiderlike, and she’s concerned that it may be something that bites. The abdomen looks like it’s jointed, which I don’t think is spiderlike, but it does seem to have pincers or something along those lines. What has she got here? Who the heck is this guy? Santa Fe, NM
Solpugid:  Dead from unknown causes
Solpugid: Dead from unknown causes
This is a Solpugid, a harmless nocturnal predator.  Despite its fierce appearance, the Solpugid has no venom and is no threat to humans or pets, unless your pets are cockroaches or other small creatures.  We hope your mom will seriously consider the benefits of allowing Solpugids to live will afford her in the future.

7 thoughts on “How To Get Rid Of Camel Spiders in Three Easy Steps”

  1. I think the “carnage”section is VERY unfair of you. If I had seen something like this I would have killed it too. Every heard of the expression “better safe than sorry”? I have a baby nephew I often babysit. And a cat. I’m familiar with most bugs, coming from the country and living in a rural area. But if it’s something I can’t identify, I jar it if I can, if I can’t i kill it. I once saw what I later was told was a velvet ant, which would have given my nephew, my cat, or myself a very painful sting. I haven’t come across a bug to sting or bite me that I have not had a horrible allergic reaction to.

    You really shouldn’t go judging people like that. It’s not too much to want to be safe inside your home, from something that could be poisonous and end up causing serious health issues. Maybe you’d like to live in a home where roaches and earwigs crawl freely over clothing, and food, and flatware, and mosquitoes and fleas bite freely, but I don’t. I’d call that sort of scenario living outdoors.

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  2. And on a second thought. You’re calling what these people do “carnage” but you are making money off Google Adsense Ads about bug extermination. With a ironic little “we don’t endorse bug extermination” plug that’s completely useless. Hypocritical much? You can go into adsense and filter what ads will be displayed.

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    • Dear carolinealicia,
      Upon approving your comments, we reread our original response on this post to try to figure our why you were so judgmental of our answer, first calling us “unfair” and then feeling compelled to write back to call us “hypocritical.” There is nothing unfair about trying to educate the public, for free, that a creature is harmless. Nowhere in our response did we insult the person who submitted the query, either by using nouns or adjectives to personally attack. Our simple response stated a fact about the harmlessness of a Solpugid, and a determination that the action leading to the creature’s death was without cause. While we would love to be able to run our FREE site without advertisers, the fact of the matter is that it would be cost prohibitive. We need the advertisers, or we would have to shut down a site that we hope is bringing free information, and perhaps a bit of entertainment, to the web browsing public. Our site’s content makes it clear that we feel strongly about Unnecessary Carnage, and there is no irony intended with our disclaimer that we do not endorse extermination. We also believe in free speech, which is why we have allowed your insulting comments to us to post. We also pity you that you have such anger in your life, and we hope you may one day find peace.

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  3. I know this is quite an old post, but I just discovered it. The line “Need you be so melodramatic about a bug (which by the way there are trillions of?!)” really upset me. Flocks of passenger pigeons used to blot out the sun for hours at a time as they flew over, but that didn’t stop humans from driving them to extinction in a few hundred years.

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  4. I know this is a really late post, but we were blessed with a heroic solpugid. We live in the rural desert and have 14 cats, 12 of whom were born and raised in a feral colony nearby. When bugs come into the house, we generally catch them and take them outside. The feral cats, though, see them as prime prey and attack, even the black widow spiders. We have tried to discourage them to no avail. One night one of the largest solpugids I have seen was spotted by our Persian about 4″ up a wall. The cat went over, put his nose on it, and got quite a pinch! Since then, he and all the other cats have been much less aggressive toward bugs in general. By the way, I don’t know why none of them ever got bit by a black widow. I know of 2 adult females the cats found in the pantry, caught, and dragged into the kitchen.

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