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Common Spiders in Your Florida Home

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t like spiders. While many of us can tolerate knowing that these creatures share our living spaces, ignorance is bliss. As long as we don’t see them, we don’t care about them.

Nonetheless, living in Florida means that you may be sharing your home with more spiders than you might think. There are a lot of advantages to living in the Sunshine state, but having fewer eight-legged friends isn’t one of them.

So, with that in mind, we want to go over the most common spiders you may (hopefully not) find at some point.

Black Widow

Although these spiders are well-known for being deadly, they aren’t too aggressive unless provoked (as is true with most species). Also, it’s good to keep in mind that the black body and red hourglass shape is only found on females. Males are dark gray or brown, and many of them don’t have an hourglass at all. If they do, it’s yellow or white.

Fortunately, black widow spiders like the outdoors, so you can find them in garages, brick walls, and sheds. If you or a loved one does get bitten, be sure to seek medical attention immediately.

Daddy Long Legs

If you’ve heard that a daddy long legs are the most venomous spider in the world, you can correct your friends by telling them that that’s a myth. Still, it can be annoying to find them in various places around your home, so be sure to keep an eye out. These spiders are not as terrible looking as most of their cousins, but they are not exactly welcome in the home, either.

Brown Recluse

Another actually venomous spider is the brown recluse. These spiders can be hard to distinguish from common house spiders, but their bodies are a little more translucent, and they often have a violin shape on the back. If you can get close enough to see the eyes, six eyes mean it’s a recluse. However, chances are you (or it) will be long gone before you get that close.

House Spider

There are several varieties in Florida, including the American and the Southern House Spider. Thankfully, all of them aren’t poisonous or aggressive, so you shouldn’t have to worry about seeing one. Usually, these species are dark brown, with American versions having a yellowish tinge and an elongated abdomen. Southern House Spiders are more slender and have visible hairs all over the body.

Yellow Sac Spider

As the name implies, this species is mostly yellow, although they can also be a light beige. They are also notable for having longer front legs with dark tips. You can find these spiders in corners and behind picture frames, so be sure to check before rearranging the family photos.

Jumping Spider

Hopefully, you’ll never have to experience the raw adrenaline rush of a spider jumping at your face, but this species can be found within the home. They are notable for having rectangular faces and hair all over the body. They prefer wooden crevices, like floorboards, door jambs, and window sills. They may also find a home between books, so be sure to avoid leaving spaces on your bookshelf.

Contact Venice Pest Control

If you spot some unsavory spiders in your home, rest assured that most species don’t want trouble. However, if you're going to call in the professionals, we’re always ready to come in and take care of your pest problem. Call us today to find out how we can make your home spider-free.

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