Spiders in Southwest Florida
With eight legs, too many eyes, and a sneaky-fast top speed, spiders are both a common Florida pest and a scary sight for many. Florida is home to many species of these arachnids, from highly venomous types like the black widow to a variety of harmless species like the wolf spider and banana spider. Regardless, it can be tricky to determine what kind of spider is in your property and just how wary you should be of it.
Hoskins Pest Control can help. We have a team of highly trained and experienced technicians who can properly identify spiders and determine the best way to treat your home so your spider infestation can cease. Serving multiple Southwest Florida counties, including Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and Lee, we provide Florida pest control you can count on. Contact us online or call us for a free estimate today.
What kinds of spiders are commonly found in Florida? Read on below.
Types of Spiders in Florida
Spiders infiltrate homes in search of shelter, food, and moisture. Although it can be hard to identify spiders, especially because they tend to be nocturnal and difficult to spot during the day, not all spiders are the same. Here are some of the most common Florida spiders and how best to identify them.
Southern Black Widow Spider
Visually distinct from other spiders due to their jet-black appearance and red marking on their abdomen, black widow spiders are the most venomous spiders in Florida. Black widows are web spinners and can typically be found in dark enclosed spaces such as wood piles or under decks. Though venomous, they are not aggressive.
Brown Recluse Spider
Like black widow spiders, brown recluses can be identified from a violin-shaped marking on their back. Measuring up to half an inch in total length, brown recluses come in various shades of brown. Brown recluse spider bites can be painful, and although they don’t usually cause major problems, serious cases can sometimes result in necrosis (the death of tissue cells) at the site of the bite.
Known as hunting spiders, jumping spiders do not catch prey in webs. Rather, they pursue their prey—bugs such as mosquitos—then jump onto them. There are a variety of subspecies of jumping spiders, and as a result, they can come in a variety of colors with a variety of markings.
Spiny Orb Weaver Spider
Spiny orb weaver spiders are some of the most distinctive spiders in Florida. They can be instantly recognized from their six bright-red spines jutting out from their backs as well as their black-and-white pattern. Also sometimes called crab spiders, these tiny spiders are usually found outside and in citrus groves, where they use their webs to catch small insects.
As one of the largest web-weaving spiders in Florida, banana spiders can be intimidating, with a torso that can grow up to 2 inches in length! They are also easily identifiable by their yellow abdomen and yellow-and-black legs. And though they are a stunning sight to see, banana spiders are actually timid and non-venomous.
As their name might imply, wolf spiders are large and hairy. Ranging in color from tan to grey, wolf spiders can grow up to 2 inches long and are sometimes misidentified as tarantulas. Wolf spiders are hunters usually found outside in the brush as they hunt their prey. In your home, you may find them scurrying along your walls or ceiling at night.
Effective Spider Control from Hoskins Pest Control
While spiders are scary and unwanted, most are also harmless. However, because many spiders prey on other nuisance insects like mosquitoes, beetles, and cockroaches, a spider infestation can sometimes indicate other underlying pest problems in your home or business. Either way, Hoskins Pest Control offers the effective pest control that can get your Venice or Southwest Florida space insect- and spider-free. Call us or get your free quote today!