Jumping Spider Bites: Everything You Need to Know

Every spider has the ability to bite; this is a fact. It is often their response if they sense danger. But what if a spider bites you?


If you are lucky enough to have never been bitten by a spider, you may be wondering why the big deal. Spiders are rather small and relatively harmless to humans, right? However, not all are created equal. Some, like the black widow spider, are venomous and their bites can be fatal.


The jumping spider is one of the most common types of spiders you may come across. We know that they are small and cute. But what happens if you do get bitten by one?


Jumping spiders have small fangs (chelicerae) and their venom is very rarely harmful to humans. Their bites will only cause a small amount of pain. In most cases, the pain will go away within a few hours. Remember that jumping spiders are not dangerous to humans, even if they do bite. This is why you can often treat a spider bite at home.

Why Do Jumping Spiders Bite?

Jumping spiders, like all spiders, have a fight or flight instinct. When they feel threatened, their first reaction is usually to flee. But if they are unable to escape, they will turn to biting as their last resort.


It is understandable why jumping spiders feel threatened when a human approaches them. We are much larger than they are and can easily crush them, so they will bite as a means of self-defense.

What Are the Signs a Jumping Spider Feels Threatened?

There are several signs that a jumping spider may feel threatened and could bite. If you see a spider exhibiting any of the following behaviors, it is best to leave it alone:


  • Baring its fangs
  • Raising its front legs
  • Jumping towards you


The latter two signs can also be the actions of a curious jumping spider preparing itself to leap, so just be cautious.

What Are the Symptoms of a Jumping Spider Bite?

The symptoms of a jumping spider bite are similar to those of a bee sting. You may experience sharp pain at the site of the bite.


You might be wondering what a jumping spider bite looks like. Generally, the area may be red and swollen. It is also possible for small dots to be visible from the spider’s fangs but this is rare.


If you are allergic to bee stings, you may have a more serious reaction to a jumping spider bite. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or throat, and dizziness. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately.

How to Treat a Jumping Spider Bite

If your pet jumping spider has bitten you, then you should be able to treat it using home remedies.


  1. Use soap and warm water to wash the bite wound. This will prevent infection later on by removing any bacteria.

  2. If you experience swelling or a burning sensation at the bite site, then you can apply a cold compress, like an ice pack, for 10-15 minutes. This can help relieve itching and ease any inflammation and/or redness.

  3. You should apply antibiotic ointment if a welt appears; this might look similar to a mosquito bite.

  4. If symptoms do not subside after 24-48 hours, you might want to seek medical attention. You might be suffering from an allergic reaction to spider venom or it might not be a jumping spider bite after all.

How Can You Avoid Being Bitten by Your Pet Jumping Spider?

The most effective way to prevent your jumping spider biting you is to handle them sparingly and with care. They are small creatures and can be easily injured.


You should also avoid putting your hands or fingers near their mouthparts. This is where their fangs are located and is the easiest way for them to bite you.


In short, the best way to avoid being bitten by your pet jumping spider is to use common sense and be cautious when handling them. For more information on how to correctly handle your pet jumping spider, click here.