Spider-Man® isn’t the most dangerous spider found in Florida. So an article on Florida’s most dangerous spider seemed like a good idea. We are always looking for articles that are interesting and people are curious to read. Month after month we find that one of the most searched topics here in Charlotte County are spiders. Our article on common spiders found in Florida is one of our most popular articles. So this time around we thought we would address the most dangerous spiders in our area. This isn’t meant to scare anyone but to first inform you of the dangers. Second how you an avoid putting yourself or your family in harms way. So let’s look at Florida’s most dangerous spiders.
Recluse Spiders – Dangerous Spider?
First, the Recluse spider is not commonly found in Florida, however they are present as they may travel here with our visitors from up north. These spiders are only half inch to one inch in size making it a pretty small spider. Just like the name, recluse, these spiders have a tendency to hide from people. One of the most dangerous part of this spider is that they have a very poisonous bite. The venom can cause sharp pain and swelling. If you believe you have been bitten by one, you should get it check out by a medical professional.
Second, you can avoiding being bit by not accidentally scaring one. The love to hide in the folds of clothes, in gloves and shoes. If you haven’t worn the clothing item in a while it may be worth giving it a quick shake. They also will hide in woodpiles, and dark places like shelves in a garage. You don’t need to be frightened, but you should be aware of the possibility of running into one in Florida.
Widow Spiders – Most Dangerous Florida Spider?
The black widow. We hear that term often as a nickname, a brand or warning. This spider is very common in Florida and found throughout the state. Scientifically the widow spiders are from the Latrodectus genus. What makes this spider dangerous is the large venom glands the females have. The contain a neuotoxin, latrotoxin. While rarely fatal, they certainly can be depending on other factors and underlying conditions a person may have. In general widow spiders do not like humans and usually take cover when approached. The danger again is similar to the recluse. Accidentally or unintentionally pinching and coming in contact with these spiders will cause them to bite in order to defend themselves.
Most of the spiders found here in Punta Gorda, or around Charlotte County, do not pose an immediate threat. You should be cautious, not only for yourself but your kids as well. You certainly don’t want spiders like these to find their way into your home. The best way to keep spiders, and all pests out of your home is a regular pest control plan. Here at Problem Solved Pest Control we do just that. Our carefully designed pest control plans treat your home from the outside. We work to form a barrier to keep insects from getting into you home in the first place. By taking this approach we are able to greatly reduce the amount of chemical we need to spray inside your home. In many cases we successfully protect home without every needing to go inside. We have 30+ years of experience locally and service thousands of your neighbors We look forward to getting to know you. Give us a call or complete our online form for a NO OBLIGATION estimate.