Advertisement Hi, This is my first post here. I wanted to ask a question about a spider I saw in my home tonight. I'm generally not too freaked out by spiders, and I've been trying to learn to stop being afraid of them altogether like my childhood days with hours of play. I guess tha'ts why I'm here. I live in the Southern California mountains near lake arrowhead. There are two or three primary spiders I normally see in this area. 1) the small fuzzy spiders... (give me a break, I'm learning) 2) Black Widows 3) a sort of very large house spider The large house spiders, I usually leave them be. The only problem being when they sky dive from the ceiling... we usually get one or two of those a week. They often end up in the sink, shower, etc. and they SUCK at climbing slick surfaces. They can not climb anything such as metal, glass, fiberglass. At first I was helping them out while holding an object, and I've since given up with the object, and learning day by day to do it by hand (yes these poor bastards are in the sink every day). Normally these spiders panic for a minute, tire, then give in and let me help them. If they do bite, one hasn't tried thus far. The black widows and the small fuzzy spiders I also leave be... excluding when a widow comes into the house. They usually keep to their blace in the basement on the third floor. So tonight, out of the corner of my eye, I catch this spider that is screaming fast - OVER CARPET - It had a narrow body, not a fat one. long slender legs. At first I tried to kick it with my boot thinking it was a recluse, though I missed, and this thing started climing upward, up the leg of the table, and very quickly. It hid in the corner, and took me a minute to find. I took my mag light and held in on it for a minute, it appeared to have a slight pattern on the back, sort of yellowish or light brown running down the center of the back. The spider was dark brown. I got a tall glass thinking this thing could not climb like the other spiders I'm used to dealing with. I unfolded a paper clip to use to knock the spider into the glass. It hit the bottom of the glass and raced around several times like a rocket...fast enough to appear as a solid ring on the bottom of the cup. then it headed upward... I shooked the glass, knocking it back down and got to the sink.... I set the glass in the sink, the instant I did, this thing had climbed out of the glass, leaped into the sink, and a little disoriented, he hesitated long enough for me to hit him with scalding hot water. That was the one thing he wasn't fast enough for. Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone could help identify it based on this discription, lousey as it may be. Thanks.