Florida Spiders

Florida Spiders

Florida Black Widow Spider

Spiders, or Araneae, are a very diverse group of organisms, ranking seventh in total species diversity among all other groups of organisms. There are approximately 1,000 species of spiders in the United States. These arachnids can be found virtually anywhere, from your backyard or sidewalk, to inside your bedroom or kitchen. Almost all Florida spiders are considered venomous, however, only the brown recluse and widow spiders are dangerous to humans.

Appearance of Florida Spiders
Florida spiders have eight legs, two body regions, and have chelicerae (mouth parts) with fangs that inject venom. For specific identifying characteristics of Florida's three most common spiders, visit their pages:

Behavior of Florida Spiders
Almost every species of Florida spider is a predator. This means that Florida spiders either actively search for prey, or build webs to trap flying insects. The web is produced by a gland on the spiders abdomen and has multiple purposes, including the construction of webs, safety lines and egg sacs. Florida spiders construct and abandon several webs per year.

Male and female spiders live separately, and only come together for the specific purpose of reproduction. A large female can lay hundreds of eggs, which are protected by a silken sac. This sac is either carried on the back of the mother throughout maturation, or safely stored on her web. The eggs take from two to three weeks to hatch, with young spiders reaching adulthood in about one year.

Florida Black Widow Spider

Florida Black Widow Spider

Florida Black Widow Bite

Black Widow Spider Bite

Florida Brown Recluse Spider

Florida Brown Recluse Spider

Tips for Preventing Florida Spiders
Although Florida spiders are not characteristically aggressive, their presence is simply intolerable for many Florida homeowners. The Florida spider bite is often the most feared consequence of having pests in one's home or office. Despite their function as a natural deterrent for insects, the abandoned webs of Florida spiders quickly collect dust and become unsightly cobwebs.

Prevention against Florida spiders is difficult. Newly hatched spiders are extremely small and can fit through screen doors, and loose window and door fittings. The presence of mosquitoes and other insects invite Florida spiders who constantly seek new food sources. Trash and lumber piles often act as their breeding grounds. The most effective way to prevent Florida spiders is to rid your home of the prey and breeding conditions they seek. Keep your home free of insects, and your property clean of trash and wood piles. Chemical treatments exist to combat Florida spiders, but must be repeated often and usually treat the symptoms and not the cause of Florida spiders.
Florida Jumping Spider

Florida Jumping Spider

What to Do if Florida Spiders Have Already Infested

The most effective way to combat Florida spiders 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 rid your home of Florida spiders.

Schedule a methodical inspection from Suncoast Pest Control and we will keep your home free of Florida spiders!

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