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All spiders have venom in order to subdue their prey. Some spiders pose more of a threat to people than others, and can generally be divided into two categories: non-venomous and venomous.

Spiders are generally referred to as non-venomous if they don’t have the ability to inject a person with venom, or if their venom is not strong enough to cause any real harm to a person. Non-venomous spiders are generally considered to be nuisance pests.

Venomous spiders are a dangerous pest and refer to the group of spiders that have the capability of injecting a person with their venom and the venom is strong enough to cause a reaction. While death from a spider bite is rare, medical attention is often needed for a venomous spider bite. Depending on the species, venom from a spider bite can cause an issue with a person’s nervous system, skin lesions, necrosis of tissue, infections, and other complications.


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Types Of Spiders In South Florida

Brown recluse spider (venomous)

Brown recluse spiders are very shy spiders that spin irregular shaped webs - not to catch prey in, but to rest in. Brown recluse spiders are dark brown in color with a violin-like marking on their back. They range in size from ¼- ½ of an inch.

spiny orb weaver spider found in coral springs

Spiny orb-weaver spider (Gasteracantha cancriformis) (non-venomous)

Orb-weaver spiders get their name from the spiral wheel-shaped webs that they spin. Spiny orb-weaver spiders have red spines that emerge from their body giving them a crab-like appearance. Their abdomens are white in color with black spots. The adults range in size from ¼- ½ an inch in length. Females are much larger than the males.

golden silk spider in south florida

Golden silk spider (Nephila clavipes) (non-venomous)

Golden silk spiders are the largest species of orb-weaver spider to be found in the U.S.; they produce very large golden colored webs that are very sticky. The body of a female can grow to be 1 ½ to 2 inches in length; males are much smaller. They are dark brownish-black in color, and they have contrasting green or yellow markings on them.

tiny jumping spider in florida

Jumping spiders (non-venomous)

Jumping spiders are usually fuzzy in appearance and can be identified by their unique eye arrangement; there are 4 eyes on the front of their face, including one very large pair, with the remaining 4 eyes being found on the top of their head. They are very fast moving and capture their prey by crouching down and then pouncing on it.

large black and yellow argiope spider in palm beach

Black and yellow argiope spider (Argiope aurantia) (non-venomous)

Black and yellow argiope spiders are known for building round, flat webs that have a zig-zag shaped pattern in the center to help stabilize the web. The bodies of an adult will be about 1 inch in length. These spiders are black in color with flame-like yellow markings on their abdomen.

large wolf spider in fl

Wolf spider (non-venomous)

Wolf spiders are a large species with adults ranging in size from ¼-1 3/8th of an inch in length; females are larger than males. They have spiny long legs and are dark brown in color with tan or yellow stripes or other markings on their stout body. Wolf spiders run very quickly and chase their prey instead of catching it in webs.

daddy long legs in a florida home

Daddy long legs (non-venomous)

Daddy long legs are pale yellow to light brown in color. They have a small body and eight distinctive long skinny legs. Adults can grow to be ¼ to 3/8th of an inch in length. Daddy long legs have very weak mouthparts, meaning that they cannot penetrate the skin of a person.

Why do I have spiders?

Spiders are a predatory species that mainly live outdoors and can be found in garden areas, the protected corners of windows and doors, under roof eaves, and in or around, garages, sheds, and other outdoor buildings. Spiders will enter homes while searching for prey; some species will also enter homes in the fall months while looking for warm safe shelter to spend the winter. Inside of homes, they can be found resting and building their webs under furniture, in closets, basements, attics, crawl spaces, and in the corners of rooms.

Signs of spiders

If spiders have invaded your home you may notice large amounts of webs in corners, closets, and other areas of your home, as well as dead insects (prey) that they have left around your home.  While spiders are generally very reclusive, if you have an infestation you will likely see adults lurking in the quiet areas of your home or crawling around the floor or walls as they search for prey or a place to build their next web.

How do I get rid of spiders?

The most effective way to get rid of a problem with spiders in your home is to call a professional pest control expert. Here at Hoffer’s, our professionals have the experience, training, and knowledge needed to find all the spiders that are living in your home and quickly and safely eliminate them.

If spiders have invaded your home, contact the pros at Hoffer Pest Solutions today for more information about how our residential pest control services can safely remove spiders from your home!

Spider prevention tips

The best way to prevent problems with spiders is to put into place a year-round pest control plan to eliminate both spiders and the prey that may attract them to your home. Things that you can do around your home to help stop problems with spiders include:

  • Seal any cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation.

  • Install door sweeps under all exterior doors, caulk gaps found around windows and doors.

  • Make sure that screens in windows and doors are intact.

  • Close-up outdoor buildings after you exit them.

  • Keep clutter to a minimum in closets, basements, and attics.

  • Shake out clothing and/or shoes before putting them on in order to dislodge any hiding spiders.

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