Bold jumper (Kaldari, Wikimedia Commons)
Jumping spider (David Cappaert, Bugwood.org)
Jumping spider (Karan A Rawlins, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org)
- smaller spiders
- eye pattern gives appearance of two small eyes and large nostrils
- active during the day
- very agile and erratic movement
- the most common jumping spider in Utah, the bold jumper, has a black body with green chelicera and a white dot on the back of the abdomen; the color of the dot may vary (most frequently red)
- often found on walls (indoors and outdoors) or ceilings
- make silk retreats in which the female will lay eggs
- could be a nuisance pest indoors
- not known to be a health hazard
- Minimize nesting habitat around property.
- Seal exterior cracks and crevices.
- Install tight-fitting door sweeps at the base of all exterior doors.
- Install tight-fitting screens in windows.
- Keep windows closed.
- Vacuum individuals that enter buildings.
- Step on or smash individual spiders that enter.
- Catch and release (with a glass jar) spiders found indoors.
- Change exterior lighting to sodium vapor bulbs.
IPM for Spiders: Integrated Pest Management in Sensitive Environments (University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension)