Orb Weaving Spider

Orb Weaving Spider Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

Brown and tan orb weaver spider on a web
Araneidae; Tetragnthidae
How to Identify an Orb Weaving Spider

Orb weavers are small to large spiders. Generally they have a large, bulbs abdomen and make classic orb-shaped webs. 

Where Do They Come From

Orb weaving spiders are often found around buildings and homes in late summer and early fall, especially around overhanging structures such as porches or entryways, or in ornamental plants.

These spiders die out every year and leave an egg sac behind which hatch in the spring and spiderlings disperse. Orb weavers are common near exterior lighting. 

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Are They Dangerous

Orb weaving spiders are not known to be a health hazard and should be considered beneficial. They can be a nuisance pest outdoors, especially the webs. 

Learn more by reading our blog post: Utah Spiders: Guide to Identification and Prevention.


Araneidae; Tetragnthidae




Nocturnal, meaning they are awake at night

Tips & Tricks

orb weaver spider on its web

How To Keep Spiders Away

  • Minimize their harborage around the property.
  • Seal exterior cracks and crevices to reduce hiding places.
  • Install tight-fitting door sweeps and window screens.
  • Change exterior lighting to sodium vapor or yellow bulbs. These spiders like to build their webs where there are lots of flying insects. Flying insects are attracted to lights at night. If you can’t change your lights think about turning the lights out when you go to bed or putting them on a timer and not leaving them on all night.
  • Regularly vacuum individuals and webs.
Yellow-orange and brown colored orb weaving spider on its web

When They Enter A Building

Orb weavers do not commonly enter homes but instead build their webs on the outside of homes and structures especially where large numbers of flying insects can be captured.

  • Step on, or smash individual spiders that enter buildings.
  • Vacuum them up.
  • Catch and release (with a glass jar) spiders found indoors.

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How To Control

Pests can be difficult to control, but that’s what we are here for. We create a strategic plan to gain control of your problem and make sure we get results.

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Thorn's Approach

We take a scientific approach to pest control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the pest, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.


Our Approach to Pest Control

Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.

Driven By Science. Lead By Service.

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Assess Situation

First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.

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Execute Action Plan

Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.

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Track Success

Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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