Little Spiders In Bed – The Mystery Unraveled!

Tiny spiders in bed can take you aback.

From the fear of spider bites to the possibility of these arachnids crawling into your ears can give you sleepless nights.

However, there’s more to it.  

Some of the little spider-like creatures on bed might not be spiders!

This guide unravels the mystery behind the little spiders in bed.

You’ll find out how to exactly tell whether they’re spiders or not, where they come from, and how to get rid of them from your bed.

Keep reading.

Are The Little Bugs In Bed Spiders?

Spiders like the black widow spider, the brown recluse spider, and daddy-long-legs inside homes are identifiable.

But many bugs in bed resemble little spiders. Spiders belong to the arachnid family, and many arachnids look alike.

Before you get into why there are little spiders in your bed and how to eliminate them, it’s essential to confirm if they’re spiders!

Many spider look-alikes can be your bed.

Mites are one of them. There are bird mites, rat mites, and spider mites that look like tiny spiders.

Spider Mites In Bed
Spider Mites

Rat mites and bird mites can feed on human blood. Yes, you guessed it right, they bite too!

Mites and tiny spiders have many anatomical similarities. It’s because they belong to the same arachnid family.

So, if you don’t know how to spot the differences, you can easily confuse them with little spiders.

All have three body segments (a head, thorax, and abdomen) and have eight legs.

So, how would you assure yourself that the arachnids on your bed are mites and not spider?

You don’t need to know the differences in looks like an entomologist.

Only three differences that are visible to the naked eye will help you recognize them.

Here’s how –

  1. Both rat mites and bird mites are smaller than the little spiders 
  2. Both rat mites and bird mites don’t have a visible thorax as spiders do
  3. Spider mites are red despite being similar in size to the little spiders

Additionally, rat mites and bird mites are parasites on rats and birds. Spiders are not parasites, they’re predators.

And rat mites and bird mites are oval. Spiders aren’t. 

So, now that you know the differences, you won’t confuse these spider look-alikes with tiny spiders.

For now, if you’re sure that the little bugs that you see in your bed are spiders, then let’s get into the reasons for their sightings.

3 Reasons For Little Spiders In Bed

Little Spiders In Bed

There are three reasons that little spiders show up in your bed –

  1. There are adult spiders in your home and bedroom
  2. There were spider egg sacs near your bed in your bedroom
  3. There are other insects in your home and bedroom

Let’s get deep into each of these reasons.

Adult Spiders In Your Home And Bedroom

Spiders enter homes during the late fall months to look for places to hibernate. 

That’s the time when they enter your homes. The spider hatchlings can also enter your home.

Thin gaps and cracks on your home’s walls and windows are points of entry for these spiders.

Inside your home, spiders will hide in cluttered places where you don’t frequent often.

Their favorite places to hide are dark cluttered places with lots of cardboard boxes, paper piles, and dirt.

Inclement weather outdoors also forces spiders to look for alternative shelter. So, if the weather gets too hot or wet outdoors, then they’ll sneak inside your homes.

Your bedroom is the last place on earth that spiders, both big and small, will like to be unless there’s a lot of clutter.

It’s because spiders are shy. And they do whatever they can to keep away from places where humans visit often.

So, if there are spiders in your bed, bedroom, or in any other place that you frequent often, then consider their presence as an accident.

However, tiny house spiders that build cobwebs on the ceilings can fall off from their webs and land on your bed. That’s why you might see tiny brown house spiders on your bed too.

That’s also a one-off occurrence.

Later in the post, you’ll find out how to ensure that tiny spiders don’t show up in your bed and bedroom.

For now, let’s get into the other common reason for tiny spiders in bed.

The Spider Egg Sacs Near In Your Bedroom Have Hatched

Spider Egg Sac In Bedroom

Adult female spiders inside homes can lay eggs. These eggs are silky woven balls known as egg sacs.

Sightings of spider egg sacs in the house is a clear sign of presence of spiders in the house.

Spiders will hide their egg sacs in tight gaps, or in places where there’s less human activity.

That’s why most of the spider eggs in the house are found in places like behind furniture, in the thin gaps and cracks on the walls, and in places like storage rooms, basement, and attic.

Each egg sac contains multiple spider eggs. Spiders deposit their egg sacs in the thin gaps in hard surfaces like walls and furniture.

So, spiders can use the gaps in the bed frame and headboard to keep their egg sacs.

And when these eggs hatch many tiny clear spiders, which are spiderlings, will crawl up on your bed. 

But these baby spiders are harmless. They’ve got weak undeveloped mandibles that will do you no harm. 

So, there’s nothing to be afraid of them. And no, little spiders won’t enter your ears or nose.

There Are Other Insects In Your Home And Bedroom

Spiders are hunters. And bugs inside your home play a big role in attracting spiders.

Spiders from the outdoors will sneak inside your home looking for prey. The presence of female spiders in your home can also attract many male spiders during the mating season.

Inside your home, these spiders will hunt these bugs infesting your home. Bugs inside the bedroom will also attract spiders to your bedroom.

Consistent food supply from a particular area of your home can make spiders hide in those places.

If your bedroom is buggy, then spiders can hide in the crevices on the floor, walls, behind photo frames, and underneath the furniture too.

But there’s one thing for sure. Spiders have nothing to do with your bed because your bed isn’t a habitat or hunting ground for them.

These three reasons play a role in the sightings of little spiders in bed.

However, you can stop them from entering your home and showing up in your bed and bedroom.


Let’s find it out.

How To Keep Spiders Out Of Your Bed And Bedroom?

How to keep spiders out of your bed and bedroom

Now that you know the reasons for tiny spiders in bed, it’s time to act. You’ll now find out a step-by-step guide to keep spiders away from your bed and bedroom.

Clear The Clutter In Your Bedroom 

Spiders love clutter. Spiders hide in clutter and they store their egg sacs there too.

So, before you do anything in your bedroom, start clearing up the clutter. 

But there’s one thing that you should remove from your bedroom without fail. And that’s storage boxes, especially cardboard storage boxes.

Many people keep cardboard boxes or storage boxes underneath their beds. They stack the area below the bed with boxes.

These boxes get dirt and moisture. It makes them damp. The dampness attracts bugs like roaches and crickets, which attract spiders.

The worst part? These storage boxes can be home to rodents like rats and mice too.

Also, clear the clutter in your closet, wardrobe, shelves, and drawers.

If there are redundant items in your bedroom, like paper piles, old books, and fabric, get rid of them.

Or, keep them somewhere out of your bedroom.

Do not let garbage accumulate in the trash bins of your home and bedroom. 

After clearing the clutter in your bedroom, take a vacuum cleaner and clean each corner of the bedroom.

Also, take off the bed mattress and deep clean the bed frame and the headboard.

Seal Gaps And Cracks On The Walls And Windows

Seal Gaps And Cracks On Windows To Keep Spiders Out

Spiders are great crawlers. They can squeeze their bodies and easily crawl through the thinnest of gaps on the window sills and walls.

And the little spiders wouldn’t be in your bed and bedroom had the adult spiders didn’t sneak inside your home.

So, seal those gaps and cracks that you find in the windows and walls of your bedroom. 

Check for crevices in the other areas of your home. Seal them too. They can be the entry points for spiders too. 

Seal the cracks in the bed frame and the headboard. They’re hiding places for spiders.

It’ll be best to use silicone-based sealants to caulk these cracks. Silicone-based sealants are sturdy, last long, and bugs can’t chew through the sealant.

Use shields with fine meshes in ducts and vents of the attic from where spiders can also sneak inside.

Spray Essential Oils That Spiders Hate

Thankfully, you can avoid using any chemical pesticides to ward off spiders from your bed.

As it’s your bedroom, so using insecticide sprays isn’t the right option unless there’s a heavy infestation.

Instead, you can use essential oils or sprays with scents that repel bugs and spiders.

Peppermint oil spray does the job perfectly well. Spiders hate the smell of peppermint. 

Spiders won’t even come near to a bed or bedroom that’s reeking of the smell of peppermint.

So, spray it on all the corners of your bedroom.

Do not skip the places like below the bed, furniture, and underneath the sinks of your bathroom and kitchen.

Other essential oils that keep spiders and bugs away are lavender, eucalyptus, citrus, and tea tree oil.

All you’ve to do is mix a few drops of any one of these oils with water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Then spray it around your bed and in all the corners of your bedroom.

Research has proved that essential oils are natural bug repellents.

But keep in mind, that essential oils are not bug killers.

Instead of essential oil, you can use vinegar.

Spray a mixture of white vinegar and water. But white vinegar has acetic acid. It makes it smell pungent and many people don’t like the smell of vinegar.

Do Not Eat On Your Bed

Many people overlook this instruction. Eating on the bed is fine. But the food crumbs that fall on the bed attract bugs and bed worms.

These bugs and worms in turn can attract spiders because spiders are predators.

So, it’ll be best if you avoid eating in your bedroom. 

The food crumbs and stains can attract spiders and bugs like ants, crickets, and roaches to your bedroom.

Wash Your Bed Sheets And Clean Your Bed

Dirty linen and sheets on the bed are an open invitation to bugs. And bugs are food for spiders.

Eating often on the bed causes the food crumbs and food oil stains to stick with the bedsheet. 

Add your sweat, grime, dead skin cells on the bedsheet, and your bed is a feasting ground for bugs like crickets, ants, roaches, and bed worms.

All these bugs can attract spiders to your bed.

So, wash the bed sheet often with a quality laundry detergent.

Also, tuck in the bedsheets inside the mattress. Don’t let it hang. The spiders can easily use it to climb on the bed.

Using beds with long legs deter spiders from climbing on the bed as spiders find them difficult to climb. 

If the distance between your bed and floor is not much, use bed risers to increase the gap.

Beds closer to the floor are more susceptible to bugs and spiders crawling on them.

Keep Spider Traps In Your Bedroom And Near Your Bed

Spiders are sneaky creatures. And despite all these steps, some can escape and hide in different places in the bedroom.

So, to counteract this risk, use spider traps. Keep the spider traps in places like underneath furniture, corners of your bedroom, and underneath the bed.

These spider traps are sticky. And they lure spiders out of hiding and trap them.

Get Rid Of Bugs In Your Home And Bedroom

Getting rid of bugs in your home will deny the spiders food. Check for bug infestation in your home. 

Some bugs like crickets, roaches, centipedes, and even tiny ants can attract spiders to your home.

So, if there’s a massive bug infestation in your home that can draw the spiders, hire a pest controller to get rid of them.

Honest Tip: Do not waste your money by purchasing electronic pest repellents or ultrasonic pest repellers.

The claim that these repellents emit electromagnetic waves after inserting them in an electrical socket is false.

There is countless research that proves that these devices don’t work. So, we don’t recommend our readers to use electronic repellents.

FAQs – Answered

Can Spiders Live In The Bed Mattress?

Spiders can hide in the bed mattress for a while, but they won’t make it their permanent home.

Spiders avoid human contact. They don’t hide and hunt in places where humans visit often.

Other bugs like fleas and bed bugs are more likely to live in your mattress than spiders.

Are Little Spiders On The Bed Harmful? Can They Bite?

Spiders in the house pose little to no threat to humans and pets.

Spiders are shy. They don’t tend to waste their venom on creatures that they can’t kill and eat.

However, if spiders feel they’re under threat, they can bite.

Sometimes little spiders crushed between the bed and your skin can also bite you.

But the mandibles of spiderlings are so underdeveloped that they can rarely puncture your skin.

You may feel a little pinch if they bite you at all.

Do Little Spiders On Bed Crawl On You At Night?

No, it’s a myth. Spiders won’t crawl on you while you’re asleep. To repeat, spiders avoid human contact.

Can You Sleep With A Spider In Your Room?

Absolutely. Spiders are shy and they won’t come close to you while you’re asleep. 

Spiders in your bedroom shouldn’t make you afraid. They’re harmless. And spiders will not crawl in your ears either.

Spiders are harmless to kids too unless the kids try to touch them.

While getting rid of spiders, do not pick the spiders with your bare hands and wear appropriate protective clothing.

What To Do If You Find Baby Spiders In Your Bed?

Take a vacuum cleaner and use it on them. Then discard the vacuum dust bag with spiders in them away from your home and property.

Do not use a broom and dustpan to remove those baby spiders.

Some of them might escape and hide in the bed or bed mattress.

What To Do If You Continue Finding Tiny Spiders In Your Bed?

If you keep finding little spiders in bed despite all your efforts, then it means that there are egg sacs that you have failed to eliminate.

In that case, you need to figure out the thin gaps and cracks in and around the bedroom where there can be egg sacs. 

You’d also need to do extensive sealing of gaps and cracks in your home to stop spiders from entering your home.

You should hire a pest controller if there are sightings of little spiders in your bed despite all your efforts.


The three reasons for little spiders in bed are –

  1. There are adult spiders in your home and bedroom
  2. There were spider egg sacs near your bed in your bedroom
  3. There are other insects in your home and bedroom

However, tiny spiders on the bed aren’t a cause of alarm. And they’re harmless too.

This post has lined out the seven steps that you can take right now to get rid of them from your bed and bedroom.