Rabbit Hutch Spider

Steatoda bipunctata

Rabbit Hutch Spider

profile iconAdult male Steatoda bipunctata
by Mandy Howe (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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A close up photograph of a male Steatoda bipunctata Rabbit Hutch Spider
profile iconAdult male Steatoda bipunctata
by Mandy Howe (CC BY-SA 3.0)
1 of 3
Steatoda bipunctata is a species of cob-web spider (family: Theridiidae). Many species of spider use venom to stun their prey. These spiders, in particular, are one of the smaller Steatodas, so it's unlikely their mouthparts could penetrate our skin. They are commonly called Rabbit Hutch Spiders because they seem to be quite happy in outdoor, sheltered habitats. These spiders are also frequent visitors of gardens, sheds, garages and homes.
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Traits

Spiders help to control flies, wasps, beetles and other pest species.
They may enter the home for warmth and shelter.

Appearance

Adults: These spiders are the most common Steadoda sp. in the UK. They're also the smallest, the females growing as large as half a centimetre. These spiders possess shiny brown abdomens. The females lack any markings. However, the males sometimes possess a white vertical stripe down the middle of the abdomen. Webs: The webs look like a messy, tangled web and are found in corners. It's non-sticky but incredibly strong. Sometimes they incorporate a web-constructed tube which they use for coverage. Their webs can look similar to house spiders.

Activity

Nocturnal

Personality

Order

Araneae

Family

Theridiidae

Metamorphosis

Incomplete

Distribution

These spiders have a steady distribution throughout Europe and the USA.

Biological treatment

If you have spiders pitching up webs in the garden or home, they should be tolerated and left to their business. A spiders web acts just like an insect trap. Spiders provide some of the best pest control, and it's all free of cost!

Chemical treatment

If you have a phobia of spiders, it's believed they dislike the peppermint essential oil. The oil can be diluted with water and sprayed near doors and windows. Spiders don't like the smell and will try to avoid it.

Attracts

Spiders will make short work of flies, caterpillars, beetles, wasps, and other garden insect pests.

Repels

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