Spiders are common household pests. Especially in Florida because of the warm, humid climate.
Because some spiders are poisonous in the Florida area, it’s important for homeowners to be able to identify the type of spiders they’re dealing with.
Here are eight of the most common poisonous and non-poisonous spiders found in Florida homes.
1. Black Widow
Black widows are one of the most well known and dangerous spiders around the world. These spiders are shiny black and typically have red spots or an hourglass shape on their belly. Similar to the Marvel Superhero, black widows are mostly female.
Male widows aren’t actually black, they’re dark brown or dark gray and instead of red spots, they have yellow. Only female black widows bite so if you see a male widow you aren’t in as much danger. Regardless of the type of black widow you see you should contact a spider control specialist right away to be safe.
These bites aren’t always fatal but they hurt and can cause serious damage. Black widows can be found in vegetables, woodpiles, sheds, barns, basements, and other dark secluded places spiders may hide.
2. Brown Recluse
Brown recluse spiders are very poisonous but aren’t extremely fatal to humans because of the small quantity of venom they excrete. Some brown recluse spiders have a violin shape on their abdomen but not all. The best way to identify a brown recluse spider is by counting its eyes. Most spiders have eight eyes, brown recluses only have six.
Counting eyes on a spider is no easy feat and it’s best to not get too close. If you think you see a brown recluse spider, keep your distance and get help.
3. House Spider
House spiders are commonly found in homes, hence the name. These spiders look dark brown or orange with a pale mark on their breast plate and thin legs. House spiders aren’t poisonous and don’t typically bite. If they do, it’s harmless to humans and pretty painless.
You’ll find house spiders in dark crevices, underneath furniture, basements, crawl spaces, attics, sheds, and other common places spiders can be found. If you see a house spider in your home, you don’t need to worry or call an exterminator if you aren’t scared by spiders.
4. Southern House Spider
Southern house spiders are similar to house spiders except they have thicker legs and are covered in hair. These spiders are not poisonous either. If you find one of these spiders away from a web, it’s most likely a male. Female southern house spiders typically stay close to their webs while males go on the hunt.
5. Daddy Long Legs
Daddy long legs are one of the most common spiders found in homes and yards. You’ve probably heard that daddy long legs are one of the most poisonous spiders in the world, yet they are harmless to humans because their fangs can’t penetrate our skin.
Daddy long legs can help eliminate flies and other pests that are attracted to your home. You don’t need to call a spider exterminator about daddy long legs because they are so harmless. However if you notice an excessive amount of daddy long legs in your home, a pest infestation could be the cause.
6. Yellow Sac Spider
Yellow sac spiders are venomous, yellow spiders that can be found in dark places as well as gardens. These spider bites are not fatal but they do hurt. You may experience redness, swelling, and burning if you are bitten.
This type of spider is very common, especially in Florida because of its warm climate. Since it is a venomous spider, if you do find one on your property you should get a pest inspection to ensure there aren’t more.
7. Wolf Spider
Wolf spiders are not poisonous, however it is possible for people to be allergic to their venom. Wolf spiders are large creatures with a bite that packs a punch. If you are bitten by a wolf spider, you may see symptoms like itchiness, redness, mild pain, or swelling.
Wolf spiders are the most common spider species in the world. They can be found in grass, leaves, under rocks, near docks, or hiding in dark places like stacked wood. They are attracted to warm humid areas like garages, sheds, windows, and sometimes basements. Although they aren’t poisonous, they do bite and should be removed from your property if identified.
8. Jumping Spider
Jumping spiders are easily identifiable because they jump. These spiders are small, furry creatures with distinct stacked eyes. These spiders aren’t venomous but they do bite, which feels like a typical bug bite.
They can be found in furniture, dark places, clothes, drapes, and dusty places like old shelves.
Most people are scared of spiders and rightfully so. They can be harmful venomous creatures even if they do help moderate the amount of pests in your home.
If you notice any of the spiders listed above in your home, get help from a local spider control specialist, like Impact Pest Elimination.
Don’t put your family at risk of being bitten, get a free quote for our spider control services by contacting us today!