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Spider Control Spotlight: The Southern House Spider

Commonly found throughout Florida and other southern states in densely-populated urban areas, the Southern House Spider has several distinguishing characteristics. They are relatively large, build easy-to-spot tangled webs, and prefer hiding in crevices. 

Southern House Spiders come from the Genus Kukulcania.

The genus name, erected in 1967 by Pekka T. Lehtinen, is after the Mayan god Kukulcan (Cameron 2005). It translates to “plumed serpent,” similar to the Aztec’s Quetzalcoatl. In Latin, hibernalis translates to “wintry (pertaining to winter)” (Spiders)

The most important detail about Southern House Spiders, however, is that it is easy to confuse them with the deadly Brown Recluse Spider. Because the bite of the Brown Recluse is so toxic, it is important that you know how to spot the difference between the two. According to experts at North Carolina State University, there are seven basic qualifying characteristics of Brown Recluse Spiders.

Because Southern House Spiders share several of those characteristics (relative size, coloring, a violin shape, and hiding in crevices), homeowners often panic to find them in the house. In reality, though, this type of spider is harmless to humans. When startled, they will even sometimes play dead. 

Perhaps you are the type of person who wants no spiders in the house, regardless of their relative danger to humans. If that's the case, then it would be in your best interests to consult with a pest control professional. These men and women have been trained not only to recognize different types of spiders but also to know how best to combat them. 

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