Can anyone tell me what this spider is

Asked September 8, 2019, 8:52 PM EDT

There are dozens of these on the side of my neighbors house and I just want to make sure my kids and pets are safe.

Fond du Lac County Wisconsin

3 Responses

Spiders are garden friends. The poisonous brown recluse is not common to Wisconsin. There is a species of black widow, but that is not what you have. Here is a publication specific to Wisconsin with some common spider species in your area.

But that still does not help me in identifying which one it is as it looks like several of the ones listed.

The best way to get a positive identification is to bring one or more into the local Extension office. They are much easier to identify alive, and it's best to bring it in soon after it is captured.