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brown spider - Eratigena duellica - male

brown spider - Eratigena duellica - Male
West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
September 5, 2004
Recently moved into older house and we are finding these daily, sometimes 2-3 at a time (usually larger). My cousin claims one bit him, resulted in swelling and a 1/2 inch blister. I'm guessing if is a brown recluse, wolf spider or common house spider, but I thought the latter didn't bite? Any help you can provide would be great....we have a 3 yr old and wonder if they are harmful. dc

Funnel weaver
This is a male Tegenaria. In their nomadic search for females, they occasionally come in contact with humans. In which case they may bite. You have two choices; either you can move or you can KILL it. Choose wisely.

Third Choice
I'd recommend ushering the spider into a glass tumbler or jar (they cannot climb the smooth surface), and then release it outside where it can continue searching for a mate. This wandering behavior will definitely be over by the first frost, probably sooner than that, so simply be patient in the meantime.

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