What is the gray insect living in my basement?

Today I went down into my basement (where we have bedrooms with a bathroom) to get rid of some mold I saw, when I noticed that hiding on the small patch of (what I think is) grey mold, was a strange spider/mite/tick thing that I've never seen before. I'm quite afraid of spiders, and I don't like the idea of these things crawling around my bedrooms, but I'm too scared to act unless I know what this thing is and what it's capable of.

It's a powdery grey colour, like ashes. It's about the size of a dime. Its legs seem to get wider away from the joints, so it sort of looks like those flat crabs. I only see six legs, but it still looks menacing to me.

If anyone can help me identify it, please do so. I'm frightened out of my wits and I would like to deal with it soon.

*Extra info:

-I live in southern Ontario;

-There used to be a small spider (which I can tolerate) living in a web in that corner, so I assume this grey thing was aggressive enough to deal with it.

-Here's a blurry picture, it was taken from as close as I was willing to get to the monster.


4 Answers

  • 8 years ago
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    This is definitely an insect, likely scavenging on the mold. It is going to be harmless, and this wouldn't kill the spider, the spider would likely kill it.

    Spiders are not scavengers, they only go after other insects in your basement.

    I wouldn't worry about the bugs, just do your cleaning, this will kill any bugs anyway.

    Source(s): UC Irvine, entomology
    Lv 5
    8 years ago

    It looks and sounds like a crab insect or a crab spider

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    This is a masked hunter nymph. They are predators of other insects.


  • 8 years ago

    could be a "stink bug"

    http://www.insectidentification.org/pictureviewer/... of www.Maine.gov

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