Why Do Jumping Spiders Jump at You?

Jumping spiders do not bite humans in order to defend themselves. They may perceive you as a hazard or predator, and they may attempt to flee by jumping away. They might inadvertently touch down on your leg, arm, etc., while attempting to flee your face.

Extreme magnification - Jumping spider portrait, front viewThe spider may have been drawn to you for a variety of reasons. It could be jumping on you to get closer to a possible meal, or you could simply be a “bridge” it is using to cross from one location to another. This is especially the case if you’ve positioned yourself in between the spider and its web – it’s likely just trying to get home.