Also known as harvestmen, daddy longlegs often congregate in large masses, with their legs interlaced. They shake violently when disturbed, causing the mass to vibrate. They love the night life, often feeding on small insects, but never humans.
This Bug Is an Imposter
Although a harmless annoyance, daddy longlegs often lurk around your home and garden in the spring and summer. Their tiny bodies and six svelte legs might remind you of the spiders they resemble, but they cannot produce the silk webbing of their 8-legged counterparts.
Where and When to Look
Daddy longlegs often hang out around water sources, usually bearing eggs in the soil under rocks, wood, or other debris in your yard. In the northern states, daddy longlegs die after the females lay eggs in the fall. In the southern states, the females lay eggs in the spring after hiding underground throughout the winter.
What Happens Outside Stays Outside
Trim plant growth and clean up the wood, trash and other objects around the perimeter of your house. Daddy longlegs will then have no place to hide and lay eggs. Seal cracks and crevices around your windows and doors and repair broken screens so they have no way of entering your home. Use Ortho® Home Defense MAX® Insect Killer for Indoor & Perimeter¹ around your window and door casings and along baseboards to help create a perimeter barrier to keep them out.