What Does Spider Poop Look Like? (Identify Spider Droppings)

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Author's Note: I have an allergy to spider venom.

This has led to learning all sorts of ways to detect spiders, and many extra precautions when I have to deal with them.

This article explains one of the best ways to detect spiders that I know of.

No one likes spiders living in their homes, especially me. 

So, one would hope there’s some easy evidence that can be used to identify whether they are present in our home or not, right?

Well, what about spider poop?

Spider droppings can be a sure sign of spider infestation in our home. But wait… Do spiders poop?

Well, this is what we are going to find out today along with several other important pieces of information that will help you in case you have spiders in your house. So, let’s get started.

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Do Spiders Poop?

Yes, they do. Just like any other pest or animal or bird, spiders poop.

Whether it is an insect, animal, or bird, every species removes the waste products from their body in the form of feces or droppings, and spiders are no different from them.

But, spider droppings can be a little messy. They’re not like solid droppings which you will find in one place and then just clean.

So, now that we know spiders poop, how do we recognize it?

See Also: Do Ants Poop?

What Does Spider Poop Look Like?

Spiders drop the waste material from their body in the form of urine and feces. As mentioned earlier, their droppings are a little messy. In most cases, you can find the spider feces on the walls, floor, and other surfaces.

They don’t leave solid waste, so they’re not going to look like tiny black bugs. Instead, their droppings are a viscous liquid that might look like dark ink stains on the floor.

More precisely, their feces look like splats or drips in the shades of black, brown, white, or gray. The color or type of feces depends on the spider species, but in most cases, you can expect dark splats or drips.

These droppings are the combination of food and other waste materials that are released from the spiders’ bodies.

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Spider Poop Pictures

Here are a couple pictures of spider poop to give you an idea of how it looks. It will help you to identify spider droppings in your house as well.

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Is Spider Poop Toxic?

If I have to give you a one-word answer, then it’ll be YES! Spider poop (like all poop) can be toxic and make you sick.

Many researchers even mention that there are several disease-causing pathogens in flies that can prove to be very fatal.

Now I know what you are thinking – What’s the connection between flies and spider poop?

Keep in mind, flies are the number one food source for spiders.

When spiders eat flies, they also consume those disease-causing pathogens, which contaminate your house in the form of spider feces.

Where Can You Spot Spider Feces?

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You can find spider feces wherever you can spot a spider. To be more specific, most species of spiders make their webs in corners where there’s no activity. Below their web, you can find traces of spider poop.

Cabinets, basements, and garages are also very common places where you can find spiders. This includes spiders that don’t build webs, such as wolf spiders.

This is because these places very often remain undisturbed and therefore become a good place for spiders to dwell.

How to Clean Spider Poop

cleaning spider poop off floor

If you clean the spider droppings right after their release, then you can easily clean them without any difficulty. But, once it gets dried, it can be difficult for you to remove it from the surface properly.

Sometimes, even if you are able to remove the droppings after it dries, it can leave yellowish stains on the surface.

You can clean the floor by using a piece of cloth with water, and rubbing the surface until it’s clean. But, obviously, it’s not the best way.

You can also use a floor cleaner or bleach solution to get rid of the poop stains on the floor.

But before using a strong chemical, you must know about your floor type. Otherwise, a harsh cleaner on valuable furniture or the floor can permanently damage it.

However, there are these commercial stain remover products that are available in the market and are designed to remove the dropping marks from any kind of surface without ruining them.

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I Found Spider Poop – What Does That Mean?

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If you found spider poop in your house, it’s a clear sign that there are spiders present. In most cases, that doesn’t mean that you have a lot of spiders, since spiders don’t live in groups.

But even a few spiders are an indication of a hostile environment, which means there could be more hiding in cracks and crevices.

See Also: Where Do Spiders Go in the Winter?

What to Do if You Found Spider Droppings?

Spider droppings can spread a variety of diseases, so the first thing that you need to do is clean the spider feces.

In the above section, you can read about how to clean spider droppings from the floor without ruining your floor and furniture.

But you can’t keep cleaning the droppings again and again when you know that there is a spider infestation in your house. It would be best if you did something to eliminate these eight-legged pests from your house.

In the next section, you’ll get to know a few methods that can be used to get rid of spiders easily and quickly.

How to Get Rid of Spiders in Your Home

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If you want to get rid of spiders in your home, then you can eliminate them by using three types of methods:

  • By using home remedies.
  • By using commercial products.
  • By seeking the help of professional exterminators.

Whatever method you choose, the most important thing is cleaning your house first. A dirty house will attract all sorts of pests, which will just attract more spiders.

Remember, it doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with spiders, rats, roaches, gnats, or any other pest. The number one rule is always to keep your house clean so they have very little reason to invade.

Be Careful Around Spiders!

Even if you aren’t allergic like I am, many spiders have a nasty bite.

These can be painful and even dangerous in extreme cases.

Spiders aren’t aggressive, but they’ll defend themselves, so please take your time and try not to get too close without proper protection.

Getting Rid of Spiders with Home Remedies

Below I have shared a few home remedies that can be used to kill and repel these pests. But there is one thing that you have to understand: home remedies are not as effective as commercial products.

Since home remedies are cheap and you don’t have to pay anything to anyone, it never hurts to try these before buying any chemical solutions.

#1 – Vinegar Spray


Just create a mixture of white vinegar with water, and spray the solution on the entry points, windows, doors, and other areas where you can think spiders have made their home.

This will help you repel them.

#2 – Essential Oils

lavender essential oil

Various essential oils can be used to repel spiders, like lavender oil, Tea tree oil, and Eucalyptus oil.

Create a mixture using water and one or more of these essential oils, then spray the solution in various places in your house.

#3 – Other Home Remedies

Along with these, many other home remedies can be used to repel these spiders away from your house. These are:

  • Black Pepper
  • Turmeric
  • Cloves
  • Salt
  • Lemon
  • Garlic Spray

If your house is free from spiders, these home remedies may help you protect your home from a new spider infestation.

But if you’re struggling with a spider infestation, these home remedies may not be the best thing for you.

#4 – Chemical Sprays and Products

Like I mentioned above, home remedies work for some people, but not for others.

In that case, you can always reply on chemical products and insecticides for assured results.

There are many different commercial products that you can use kill spiders in your house.

  • Use Bug Bombs: There are many spider bombs that you can use in your house. By using spider bug bombs you can kill all the spiders that are present in your house, their eggs, and even those you don’t know about.
  • Use Spider spray: Spider sprays are effective for pests if you see them. With the spray, you can only kill a few. But, nonetheless, it’s a good idea to have one so that you can kill any spider you happen to notice.
  • Use Traps: Spider traps are not very popular for spider killing, but still, you can use them if you want.
  • Use Poison Baits: You can use poison baits, but in the case of poison baits, you have to be careful to keep it out of the reach of children and pets.

#5 – Help from Exterminators

Enlisting professional exterminators is one of the best ways to eliminate spiders from your home.

People often pass up the experts, thinking it costs too much, but the price is often lower than you might think.

Before buying any commercial products, I suggest that you consult with a pest control service first. If you can afford to hire their services, you have a much better chance of eliminating the problem permanently.

Exterminate Spiders Professionally and Efficiently

At some point, we’ve all spotted spiders in our homes and the presence of their poop is only a sure-shot indication of their residence nearby.

We’ve covered the majority of the solutions to deal with this menace. However, in case of a heavy infestation or when dealing with dangerous spiders like the brown recluse spider, black widow spiders, or hobo spiders, it’s always better to hire a professional exterminator to eliminate this problem more efficiently and permanently for you.

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Final Words

So, this was all about the spider poop. If you see spider droppings in your house, then it’s a clear sign that you have an infestation in your house.

Since spider feces can spread many kinds of diseases, it’s imperative you clean them off as soon as possible. But cleaning spider feces from your house is not enough, if you are facing an infestation, then you have to completely eliminate them.

For that, you have home remedies, commercial products, and even professional exterminators who will handle the problem for you. If you have any questions, then feel free to ask in the comment section below.