What type of spider is this and is it harmful?

Asked August 29, 2019, 4:23 PM EDT

We found this spider in the wash hand basin after returning from a trip. Is it harmful? And what is it? Never seen something so big in our house.

Washington County Oregon spider identification

1 Response

This is a giant house spider. In spite of its very large size -- up to 4 inches across, toes to toes -- it is not dangerous to people or pets. It belongs to a large group of spiders, the Agelenidae.