Many species of spiders are household pests. Wherever their food is available, spiders are likely to be found. Spiders are found worldwide on every continent except for Antarctica. They are most often found around wood piles and gain entry into a structure when firewood is carried into a building. They are also found under leaves, in boxes, or other areas where they feel safe and are undisturbed.
Spiders are versatile and they do well in all types of habitats. They do have to find shelter though when the colder temperatures settle in. Otherwise, their body temperature changes too fast and they will die. This is why there are times of the year when you may see them and other times that you don’t. Some live along the edges of lakes and ponds too. They don’t need the water or the moisture there. Instead, this location offers them a prime area to be able to find lots of food and shelter.
Most spiders in the area bite in defense and do not bite humans instinctively. They will bite humans when the clothing they are hiding in is worn. Some spider bites are painful and can produce an open, ulcerating sore. When spider webs are visible, use caution before putting your hands or feet in that area.