Summer is a time when many Floridians like to take advantage of the sun outside. Being outside is great. Flowers are in bloom. The weather is warm, and the beaches are open. Spiders also like to take advantage of nice weather. Here are 3 spiders to be aware of in Florida.   

Black Widow

By far the most dangerous spider in Florida is the black widow. According to All Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Florida is home to 4 species of venomous black widow: the southern black widow (Latrodectus mactans),  the northern black widow (Latrodectus variolus), the red widow (Latrodectus bishopi), the brown widow Latrodectus geometricus).  

Black widow females are between .3In and 15 .6In with a spherical abdomen. The abdomen is shiny, black and has red hourglass markings. However not all black widow species are black as the brown widow is brownish. 

Symptoms:

Black widow bites are not deadly, but they do have serious symptoms. Generally, symptoms start a few hours after being bit and are extremely painful. 

Southern black widows are mostly found outdoors. They like to hide in dark places like gardening gloves.  Always take care to check the inside of your gloves when gardening. 

Brown Recluse

Floridia’s other venomous spider is the brown recluse. It is not nearly as widespread as the black widow. 

As the name suggests the brown recluse is reclusive. It avoids areas which are highly trafficked. The brown can be found underneath homes and buildings. When inside, the brown recluse will hide in attics in storage boxes, books, book shelves, and couches.

Brown recluses do not actively seek to bite humans. However, they bite humans when they feel trapped. 

FADCS reports,  the brown recluse will bite sleeping humans  that role over them. 

Symptoms

The spider bite often blisters and are extremely painful with swelling. 

Daddy Long-legs

Now for the good news, most spiders in Florida are not venomous to humans. 

As their name suggests, daddy long-legs have extremely long legs in comparison to their body size. The typical size of a daddy long-leg is .25 in to .5 in.  Their body is spherical with 8 spindly legs. 

Daddy long-legs primarily feed on insects. 

These spiders are not dangerous. At worst they can be considered a pest. They can be especially annoying when they gather in large spider groups in garages and basements.

No matter the spider, Infinite Pest can help. Give us a call today and we will come make sure your home is spider free this summer.

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