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Fishing Spiders: The Ultimate Guide

Fishing spiders are one of the more unique types of spiders you might encounter around your property. Our guide tells you everything you need to know about these pests.

Fishing spiders, also known as water spiders or dock spiders, are a type of spider that belongs to the family Pisauridae. They are large, semi-aquatic spiders that are found all over the world. In this guide, we will delve into the world of fishing spiders, including their physical characteristics, behavior, habitat, and more.

Physical Characteristics

Fishing spiders are large, with a body length of about 1 to 2 inches. They have a brown or gray color, with markings on their abdomen that resemble a fish. They have long, thin legs that are covered in hairs and are adapted for walking on water.


Fishing spiders are nocturnal creatures and are most active at night. During the day, they can often be found hiding in dark, moist places, such as under logs or rocks.

At night, fishing spiders come out to hunt for insects and other small prey. They use their venomous bite to subdue and kill their prey. Fishing spiders do not spin webs to catch their prey and instead hunt by running after their prey or lying in wait to ambush it.

Fishing spiders are solitary creatures and do not form social groups. They do not have a mating season and can breed year-round. After mating, the female spider will lay her eggs in a silk sac and then leave the sac to hatch on its own.


Fishing spiders are found all over the world and can be found in a variety of habitats, including forests, fields, and near bodies of water. They are semi-aquatic spiders and are often found near streams, ponds, and other bodies of water.

In the wild, fishing spiders can be found in a variety of habitats, including forests, fields, and gardens. They are also known to hide in homes and other buildings, where they can be found near sources of water, such as sinks or bathtubs.


Fishing spiders, also known as water spiders or dock spiders, are large, semi-aquatic spiders that are found all over the world. They are known for their brown or gray color and their ability to walk on water. Although they can be intimidating to some people, fishing spiders are generally not aggressive and will only bite if they feel threatened. If you spot a fishing spider in your home or elsewhere, it is important to use caution and avoid disturbing it. If you are bitten by a fishing spider, seek medical attention immediately.

What are fishing spiders?

Fishing spiders, scientifically known as the genus Dolomedes, are semi-aquatic spiders that hunt near the edges of pools, streams, or docks. They have short, hydrophobic, velvety hairs that allow them to use the surface tension of the water for sitting, standing, or running across the water. Most fishing spiders eat insects they catch on the water's surface, but some larger species can catch and eat small fish.

Fishing spiders are often confused with wolf spiders because both are large, brown in color, and noticeably hairy. However, fishing spiders typically have a darker brown body with black and light brown markings and leg banding.

Are fishing spiders dangerous?

Though the fishing spider may appear quite large and frightening, this species is one of the more harmless spiders you may encounter. Fishing spiders are not particularly aggressive, nor do they bite humans unless directly threatened. Even if you receive a bite from a fishing spider, their venom is not considered extremely dangerous. That said, if you have allergies to spider bites or other insect bites, a bite from a fishing spider may trigger an allergic reaction even anaphylaxis.

Why do I have a fishing spider problem?

Fishing spiders, like all types of spiders, are drawn to areas with easy access to food, water, and safe shelter. Fishing spiders especially prefer to live near areas with easy access to streams or ponds in order to hunt. If you notice that fishing spiders are taking over your property, it is likely time to evaluate factors that attract these pests and make changes so the area is less hospitable.

Where will I find fishing spiders?

Outside, you will find fishing spiders hiding out near docks, piers, boathouses, and the edges of ponds and streams. These places offer secluded, sheltered areas close to easy hunting spots. Around the interior of your property, you may find fishing spiders in dark spaces like storage rooms, basements, and garages. Typically, fishing spiders will only come indoors accidentally or when seeking heat during the colder months.

How do I get rid of fishing spiders?

To get rid of spiders that may be running wild around your property, contact Miche Pest Control. Our team knows how to treat problematic fishing spiders that may be hiding around your property so that you don't come across these pests and get a fright or a bite from one that feels threatened.

How can I prevent fishing spiders in the future?

To prevent fishing spiders in the future, and many other different types of spiders for that matter, you can follow these expert tips:

  • Repair gaps and cracks around your foundation to keep fishing spiders out of interior areas.
  • Keep grass and foliage around ponds, streams, and docks trimmed back to remove harborage areas for fishing spiders.
  • Limit standing water around your property and remove debris such as woodpiles to deter fishing spiders from hiding there.
  • Thoroughly clean areas where fishing spiders previously inhabited to keep them from returning.

Contact Miche Pest Control for more information about keeping your DC, MD & VA property free of fishing spiders and defeating active infestations of these pests.

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