Florida Spiders

Understanding the spiders that we have here in florida will help you determine what to watch out for.

Florida has its fair share of spiders and boy are they BIG. The most common Florida Spider is the wolf spider, and it’s enormous, it’s ugly, and it makes a nasty crunching sound under a shoe (illistration on the right)!

Don’t worry A1 Home Pest Control can help you combat these and other pests in and around your structure! By implementing regular pest control with our lawn pest control, we can drastically reduce the number of spiders you see. We also offer spider treatments to a warehouse, gyms, auto shops, and more. A1 Home Pest Control will schedule a service plan with you that meets your needs and budget to remove the webs, eliminate any egg sacs, and runners. No space too big or small for A1, we can get it done!

Say What?

Spiders are nature’s natural bug control! They are beneficial to have around particularly if you’re not a fan of mosquitoes. They help us do our job advantageously and efficiently with no chemicals. But if you must get rid of spiders, knock down webs as you see them appear, eliminate ones you see along with sacs, but be careful when eliminating runners (active hunters, usually no web) some do carry hundreds of babies on their back. If you disturb them without being ready, the babies will hop off and flee. Hundreds of spiderlings is not a desirable situation inside the home. Especially if you are sleeping in and you wake up to your husband frantically running around in the kitchen with a can of pesticide. Needless to say, the kitchen was a natural disaster zone, and the smell of insecticide is still ingrained in the nostrils all these years later. FUN!

What can be useful against spiders?

Having pest control, lawn pest control and yellow lights on the outside will keep the spiders at your neighbor’s house instead of yours. When you do these things, you are eliminating the spiders’ food source making your place less desirable for them to be at. Sealing any cracks, gaps, or holes in the structure helps keep the spiders out as well.

Spider Bites

Below are some illustrations of different widow spiders that you may encounter. Remember, any spider bite can be life-threatening, every individual is different and reacts differently to bug bites than others including spider bites. The only real dangerous type of spider in Florida is the widow spiders and whether it is life-threatening or not depends on your sensitivity to bites.  Statistics show that a misconception with Widow bites is not an infection from the bite itself but rather the secondary infection from improper wound cleaning. (Now the Brown Recluse is a bit different and should seek medical attention a bit swiftly with a specimen.)

The upside spiders do not go looking to bite you, especially the blackbrown, and red widows. They take a lot of provoking to become aggressive enough to lash out. Usually, if they sense something or someone too close to the web they will run and hide, or play dead (yes they do this).

Typically spiders build their webs in quiet areas that are less traveled by us. Cellars, attics, things left in one place for a long time, and patio areas are their favorite places. If you see one, walk away and let the spider be, if you mess with (trying to capture or touch) the spider it will defend itself and importantly its sac. There are a lot of spiders that bite however their venom and size of a human are minimal depending on your allergies.

Common Venomous Spiders In Florida:

Black Widow Spider
Black Widow Spider
Brown Widow Spider
Brown Widow Spider
Red Widow Spider
Red Widow Spider
Brown Recluse Spider
Huntsman Spider

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