Get the spiders out of my house!
The above is not an uncommon request in Florida There are many different types of spiders to worry about here in South Florida, and all of them are pretty good at giving people a good scare. Some of these spiders pose a threat and others are mainly a nuisance. Most are content to live and share our space with us, but it’s still not fun running into a web or having a spider crawling somewhere that’s a little too close for comfort. We prefer seeing spiders outside, but, unfortunately, there are certain habits people have that attract spiders to homes. Let’s first talk about some of the spiders you may see around your property.
Spiny Orb Weaver
These spiders are the most recognized spiders in Florida because they are wider than they are long. Spiny orb weavers can be 1/8 of an inch to 1/4 of an inch long. They have a white shell on their back with red and black markings. Between October and January, they have an influx of activity inside households.
Wolf spiders are among the largest you’ll see in Southern Florida. They can get as large as a grapefruit! These spiders are unique in that they don’t use webs to catch their prey, they hunt their prey down. These guys can certainly cause a scare, and they do have the ability to bite a human.
Daddy long-legs are the most commonly seen spider in Florida. They get their name from their extremely long legs and small bodies. These spiders enjoy damp places, such as garages or basements. They can be quite a nuisance as they congregate and scavenge inside households.
The brown recluse spider is well-known for the distinct violin-shaped mark on the head. These spiders are not native to Florida, but they can be brought in by people who move to the state. Most commonly found in attics and closets, they prefer dark places. Hiding away in clothes, toys, items of furniture, etc, they can cause quite a fright in many people.
Southern Black Widow
These spiders are about one to one and a half inches in length. They’re easily recognized by their black bodies and red hourglass-shaped spots underneath their abdomens. You’ll most likely find them around garbage or other areas that will provide lots of insects to feed on. These spiders are poisonous and can make you very ill. It is advised to seek medical attention immediately if you are bitten by a black widow.
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Banana spiders are the largest web weavers in the United States. They will hang out in heavy shrubbery and along trails. They’re not destructive, but their bite hurts!
Spiders are just another one of South Florida’s many creepy, crawly pests. Some are beneficial and some aren’t, but all of them are… well, scary.
All of these spiders can end up inside your home. There may be a few things you’re doing to attract them to your property. Here are some tips to stop that from happening:
- Install screens on windows and covers on vents, or repair damaged ones.
- Replace your white outdoor lights with yellow lights. These are less attractive to most insects.
- Caulk all gaps or holes along the exterior of your home.
- Trim bushes and overgrown shrubs that allow easy access to your home.
- Place caps on any chimney openings.
If you see a few spiders around your home, you’re likely to be seeing more. Fall is the time of year they may seek shelters such as your home or garage to make their webs, especially if other insects are there. The best method for getting these pests out and keeping them out of your Florida home is to contact Ambassador Pest Management. Our professionals will come and inspect your property, identify the pests, and provide eco-friendly pest control services. Ambassador Pest Management to learn more about our pest control options.
Spiders are beneficial arthropods, that survive by feeding on insects. Oftentimes they are the most important biological control of insect pests in gardens, fields, forests, and homes.
However, their presence is a cause of concern to some people, while others object to spiders because of their habit of building webs in and around the home. Which ever the case may be, call Ambassador to help control your spiders.