Appearance: Usually 1/4 – 3/4 inches in length and may be brown, gray, or deep yellow. Due to their markings and shape, they have also been given the nicknames, “fiddleback spider”, “brown fiddler”, or “violin spider”.
Habitat and Behavior: They can be found building irregular shaped webs in woodpiles, garages, sheds, closets, beds and other places that are usually dry and undisturbed. Shoes and infrequently used beds are often when they are encountered by humans and may bite if they feel threatened.
Control: Treating common areas with a residual product will be effective. To reduce the chances of a bite, be sure to shake out and inspect clothing or sheets that haven’t been used recently.