Barn Spiders


Actual Size: Males: .5-1.5 cm; Females: 1-2 cm

Characteristics: Red or brown abdomen with rusty red hairs.

Legs: 8

Habitat: Prefer gardens, bushes, trees, and areas with plenty of insects to prey on.


  • Nocturnal spiders that build new webs overnight.
  • Consume their own webs every night.
  • During the day, they hide in cracks and crevices to hide from predators.

Barn Spiders in Georgia

Barn spiders possess a rusty red to brown abdomen (back section of a spider), usually with less of a pattern than other orb weavers in the Neoscona genus, and a cephalothorax (front section of a spider) that is covered with small rusty red to brown hairs. The legs are typically lighter than the body in color and have a red to brown coloration closer towards the spider’s body (the femora). The body of a barn spider is between 1-2 centimeters in length for females and 0.5-1.5 centimeters for males. Barn spiders are predators of insects and other arthropods (insects, spiders, crustaceans, millipedes, etc). They are not hunting spiders like some other species but instead spend most of their time on their webs or hiding.

Barn Spider Habitat

These spiders are only going to be found inside as incidental pests. They will usually be found outdoors in gardens, in between bushes, trees, on gutters, and other areas that get plenty of insects. If a barn spider does happen to make its way into your home it was not intentional and it will not be able to survive. These spiders have a pretty unique behavior when it comes to building their webs. They will build their webs close to dusk and will take it back down at dawn by consuming the web. When they are not on their webs they can be found hiding around gutters, eaves, and other safe, dry locations.

Barn Spider Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

These spiders like to build webs in areas that can inconvenience people as they go about daily activities. They can get in areas such as windows, door frames, walking paths, and other areas around the home. Most people are scared of them because of their features and size, but they are beneficial predators and will not bite unless provoked. If bitten, the pain will be similar to that of a bee sting, but the bite is not medically significant unless the person is allergic or the bite becomes infected.

Always contact your local spider control experts for help with barn spiders.