There is a small spider in one of the rooms in my apartment (I should probably post a picture of it).

There is another room with a lot of potted plans which attract small flies. I would like to move the spider there in order to both give it a feast and get rid of some of the flies.

My concerns:

  • this is going to destroy its whole web
  • the new room is quite sunny.

The flies gather at the most sunny window and die there (small flies). How to relocate the guy with maximum chance for it to survive?


The spider is alive and well, making webs and catching flies. I tried moving a spider of another variety (long-legged house spider) and although they look slower, they are blazingly fast as well. The enclosed large container proposed by @alephzero is an excellent idea. Else they just run off if carried on a piece of A4 paper.

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    Just catch it (in a container) and move it. Most spiders can live for months without food so it won't die of hunger without a web, and many web-building spiders make a new web every day anyway - though they may "recycle" the old web by eating it, if it hasn't been destroyed by bad weather or for some other reason.
    – alephzero
    Jun 20, 2021 at 14:01
  • @alephzero I am scared of killing it with: 1. too much light and heat 2. new room 3: moving it when it's too starving and weak to make a new web 4. exposing it to too much/little light/moisture/oxygen/wind/plant matter.
    – Vorac
    Jun 20, 2021 at 18:47
  • @alephzero I didn't really follow your advice and am now very sorry. I made an OPEN paper container, struggled to lure that nimble guy onto it, then carried it to the second room but failed to plant him onto the dark but fly-infested corner above the window. Will report back if I see spiderwebs and a tiny agile friend among them.
    – Vorac
    Jun 21, 2021 at 8:05
  • YES! It is alive! I will not mess with it's life anymore - it knows quite better than me what is best for it. Will still report if (hopefully when) I see it's webs.
    – Vorac
    Jun 21, 2021 at 8:13
  • At least some spiders (e.g. bold jumping spiders) appreciate a water source, and can suffer without one (which is why I believe that they often come to sinks). I once found one dying of thirst on the floor, and when I gave it a drop of water, it quickly started drinking it. I'm not sure the best way to manually supply a spider with water, but you might consider thinking about it. Aug 5, 2022 at 11:19


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