Jumping Spider

Salticidae family

Unlike web-building spiders, who wait for prey to come to them, these agile spiders hunt down and attack their prey. Most spiders have poor eyesight, and rely on the vibrations in their webs to help them locate their next meal. With their huge eyes, jumping spiders see very clearly and will watch and stalk their next victim.

Jumping spiders earned their name with their ability to jump more than 25x their own height. They typically live outdoors and feed on insects like stink bugs, leaf hoppers and mosquitoes. They are territorial and will tend to stake out one location for  long periods of time. They can take up residence around your windows and doors. While they do produce a venom, it’s not considered harmful to humans. Most jumping spiders typically flee from people, plus would have a hard time penetrating human skin.