What Kind of Spider is on Our Ceiling?

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We’ve had several “big” spiders in our house this spring. Big for Michigan, that is. This particular arachnid is approximately an inch in diameter. Note the excess web thread hanging from its leg. Ewww!

Please tell me this ISN’T poisonous!

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9 thoughts on “What Kind of Spider is on Our Ceiling?

  1. EWW!!! I don’t know what kind it is, but I’d be running for a big fly swatter!!!

  2. Heather says:

    Ginger,
    I forgot to mention that I don’t have a 7-foot fly-swatter handy! ARGH!
    High ceilings are lovely, but they make spider-swatting a tad difficult!

  3. Gigi says:

    I don’t know if it is or not, but is surely LOOKS poisonous! I’d have to move out until the exterminators convinced me that there would never be more of these infesting my house! *faint*

  4. Heather says:

    Thanks for the encouragement, Gigi:)

  5. Marcie says:

    Well I cant tell from the pic wht it is but it sure looks poisonous and if I were u I would stay far away from it!! 1 of my biggest fears is of spiders and just looking at the pic makes me sick!!

  6. Kimberly says:

    WOW! I have to go and find some pics of fuzzy kittens now so my skin will stop crawling!

  7. Shelly in TX - SHS says:

    Ok…eeeeewwwww!

    Creepiness aside, I don’t think it’s dangerous. It looks like a “daring jumping spider.” The name is not very encouraging, but if that is what it is, it is harmless. Do a search for pics and info, and see if it matches up.

    I hate spiders, so I go to great lengths to always know what I’m dealing with. Good luck!

  8. Renee says:

    Okay “this isn’t poisonous”….. do you feel better? Honestly I have no clue but it would be gone from my house… yuck

  9. Dodger says:

    Looks like a black HandRib spider. They are common in the mid west. Not poisonous, but still problematic. We noticed them in the spring about the same time we notice the little bite marks around our feet and inbetween our toes. Nice.

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