Florida Spider Bite

Florida Spider on Person

Unsuspecting Victim

For most people, spiders are terrifying. The majority of Florida spiders are normally harmless to humans. The symptoms are mild and can be treated at home.

The exception is if the Florida spider bite was delivered by a black widow, brown widow or brown recluse spider. These spiders are more common to the state and make up the majority of serious Florida spider bites reported.

Florida brown recluse spider
Symptoms of this Florida spider bite include:
  • Delayed burning, pain, itching, or redness at the site of the bite (this can happen within several hours or even days of the bite)
  • a “bulls-eye” mark around the bite – a deep blue or purple “bruise” area surrounded by white and red rings
  • an ulcer or blister that turns black
  • headache, body aches, rash, fever, and nausea or vomiting

This Florida spider bite may look like:

Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Brown Recluse Bite on a Calf

Florida Black Widow Bite

Brown Recluse Bite on a Shin

Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Brown Recluse Bite on Thigh


Florida black widow spider and Florida brown widow spider

This Florida Spider bite symptoms may include:
  • immediate pain, burning, swelling, and redness at the bite (you might see double fang marks), cramps and tightness in the stomach, chest, shoulders, and back
  • headache, dizziness, rash and itching, salivation, and nausea or vomiting
  • restlessness, anxiety, and sweating
  • eyelid swelling and tearing
  • weakness, shaking, or paralysis, especially in the legs

This Florida spider bite may look like:

Florida Black Widow Bite

Black Widow Bite on Finger

Florida Black Widow Bite on Arm

Black Widow Spider Bite on an Arm

Florida Black Widow Bite on Leg

Black Widow Bite on a Leg


Florida spider bites are not usually fatal but children and those with weakened immune systems are especially susceptible to danger. If you believe you or your child is a victim to a Florida spider bite act fast:
  1. Use soap and water to thoroughly wash the bite.
  2. Prevent the venom from spreading further by elevating the bite area.
  3. If bitten on an arm or leg, bandage the area above the bite tightly to further impede the venom, but don’t cut off blood circulation.
  4. Find the spider and capture it so a professional can identify it.
  5. The most important thing to do in the event of a Florida spider bite is to get emergency help! Doctors will determine what combination of remedies and anti-venoms are necessary. Call Poison Control (a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the U.S.) to talk to toxicology experts who can help you and your doctor correctly manage the Florida spider bite.
Florida Spider Hanging

Be Careful When Walking


Spider Bite Florida


The most effective way to prevent anyone inside your home or business from experiencing a Florida spider bite is with an inspection by Suncoast Pest Control. If you suspect that your home or property has been invaded, call Suncoast immediately and we will quickly curb the risk of experiencing a Florida spider bite.

Schedule a methodical inspection from Suncoast Pest Control and we will keep your home or business from becoming the next scene of a dangerous Florida spider bite.

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