Have you seen more spiders than normal in your Michigan home?  You're not alone.

After killing two very large spiders of the same breed outside near my back door, I found this guy by my hot tub on Labor Day.  I'm pretty sure this is a Cross Orb-Weaver aka Araneus diadematus.


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I have these all over my back yard. Does anyone know what kind of spider this is?

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These spiders are FAST.  In fact, I thought their speed was the scariest thing about them until I read this on spiderid.com,

Egg sacs roughly 20mm in diameter, made of fluffy yellowish-orange silk. Usually stuck in rolled up leaves, under eaves of buildings, within woodpiles, or other protected places, but not hung in the web itself. May contain 100-800 yellow eggs.

So, is this spider poisonous?  Termite.com says no,

Venom toxicity - the bite of Orb-Weaving Spiders is of low risk (not toxic) to humans. They are a non-aggressive group of spiders. Seldom bite. Be careful not to walk into their webs at night - the fright of this spider crawling over one's face can be terrifying and may cause a heart attack, particularly to the susceptible over 40 year olds.

That's good info to have.  However, I still want them out of my house and yard.  It's not abnormal to see lots of spiders this time of year.  In Michigan we see an uptick of spiders in August and September with a huge surge in October.  That's right, it's about to get worse!

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