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Spiders

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.

Types of Spiders in South Florida

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.

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 (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 (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.

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.

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.

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 (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.


Brown Recluse Spiders

What do brown recluse spiders look like?

Despite their name, brown recluse spiders can range from light yellowish-gray to dark brown with gray hair covering their abdomen. Adults grow to be about ¼ to ½ an inch in length; females are larger than males.  Brown recluse spiders have several identifying characteristics; long legs that are darker than the rest of their body, three pairs of eyes that are arranged in a semi-circle, and of course the “violin” shaped pattern that is located on the top of their body.

Are brown recluse spiders dangerous?

Yes, brown recluse spiders are a dangerous species of spider. If a person is bitten, the venom from a brown recluse spider can cause serious health problems.  The actual bite is generally not felt by the victim; however, 6-8 hours later, the bite area can become quite painful.  The bite site generally ulcerates and then heals very, very slowly and can be prone to infection.  Other common symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite are fever, restlessness, and difficultly sleeping.

Why do I have brown recluse spiders?

Brown recluse spiders typically live outside and can be found living in woodpiles, in rock piles, under outdoor furniture, and in storage sheds or garages.  Brown recluse spiders sometimes find their way inside homes while searching for prey (insects and other spiders).  Inside, they will hide in undisturbed, dark areas like underneath furniture, in clothing or shoes, in boxes found in basements or closets, and in the cracks of window or door moldings.

Signs of brown recluse spiders

Brown recluse spiders build irregular shaped spider webs that they use to rest in during the day rather than for trapping prey.  Finding their webs or seeing the spiders themselves are the best ways to know that there is a problem with brown recluse spiders in or around your home.

How do I get rid of brown recluse spiders?

Brown recluse spiders are a poisonous species of spider and should never be trapped or handled.  The best way to get rid of a problem with brown recluse spiders is to call a professional pest control expert.  Here at Hoffer Pest, our professionals have the experience, training, and knowledge needed to find all the brown recluse spiders living in your home and successfully treat and eliminate them.  If brown recluse spiders have been spotted on your property, contact the pros at Hoffer Pest Solutions for more information about how our residential pest control services can safely eliminate them from your home!

Brown recluse spider prevention tips

Along with putting into place a residential pest control plan to control brown recluse spiders, there are some steps that you can take to prevent them from becoming a danger on your property and in your home.

  • Remove fallen trees and piles of organic debris from your property.

  • Caulk any gaps found around exterior windows and/or doors.

  • Place screens in any exterior windows and/or doors.

  • De-clutter basement and closet areas; place items that you are storing in plastic containers with a tight fitting lid instead of in cardboard boxes.

  • Shake out clothing and shoes before putting them on.


Golden Silk Spiders

What do golden silk spiders look like?

Golden silk spiders are a large species of spider in which the females grow to be 2 inches in length and the males are smaller and grow only to be about 1 inch in length. Males are dark brown and females are much more colorful. Females have an orange or tannish body and their legs are orange and brown banded with feathery tufts.

Are golden silk spiders dangerous?

Golden silk spiders are a very large species of spider and because of their large size they can cause people to be unnecessarily afraid of them. They are a venomous species of spider but are not extremely aggressive. Generally, they will only bite if they feel threatened or are being directly handled. Their venom is not very strong and rarely causes significant health consequences for people.

Why do I have golden silk spiders?

Golden silk spiders are usually outside where they create their large orb-like webs along the edges of wooded areas, in garden areas, and in areas of heavy vegetation. They are most often found living outdoors, but may wander inside of homes, garages, and sheds as they are foraging for food and water sources.

Signs of golden silk spiders

The most common sign of golden silk spiders on your property is finding their unique, sticky webs. These webs are unique because the strands are "golden" in color and there is a zig zag pattern on the web. Another common sign is seeing these colorful spiders in gardens and wooded areas.  

How do I get rid of golden silk spiders?

The best way to get rid of a problem with golden silk spiders is to call a professional pest control expert. Here at Hoffer Pest Solutions, our professionals have the experience, training, and knowledge needed to determine the best course of treatment required to control these pests and many others on your property. If golden silk spiders have become a problem on your property or in your home, contact the professionals here at Hoffer Pest today

Golden silk spider prevention tips

The following tips will help to prevent golden silk spiders from invading your home and becoming a nuisance within it.

  • Caulk gaps around windows and doors.
  • Seal spaces in and around your homes foundation and around utility entrance points.
  • Trim back trees and shrubs from the outside of your house.
  • Place garden areas a distance away from your home.
  • Keep woodpiles up off of the ground on pallets and place away from the exterior of your house.

Jumping Spiders

What do jumping spiders look like?

Adult jumping spiders have a compact body, 8 legs that are short in length, and grow to be about 1/8th to ¾ of an inch in length. They can be a variety of colors including brown, black, gray, and tan; jumping spiders also usually have whitish makings on their legs and body. They received their name of “jumping spider” because of their ability to jump as high as 25 times their own height. Jumping spiders actively hunt their prey.

Are jumping spiders dangerous?

Jumping spiders are a venomous species of spider, but they are not an aggressive species of spider, they would rather flee from danger than attack. Their venom is not usually strong enough to cause an allergic reaction in people and therefore are not considered to be a danger to people.

Why do I have jumping spiders?

Jumping spiders are typically not a spider that invades the inside of homes and other buildings. They are found living outside in gardens, grasses, and landscaped areas. If a jumping spider is found inside it is usually because they have accidentally wandered inside or they were brought in accidentally on a person’s clothing, or object that they brought inside.

Signs of jumping spiders

The most common sign of jumping spiders is finding an adult inside of your home or living outside in gardens and grasses. Unlike many other spider species they do not make webs. They do create silk, but use it to protect their eggs, mark hiding spots, and as a drag line when they are jumping.

How do I get rid of jumping spiders?

The best way to control jumping spiders on your property is to call a professional pest control expert.  Here at Hoffer Pest Solutions, our professionals have the experience, training, and knowledge needed to determine the best course of treatment required to control jumping spiders on your property. If jumping spiders have become a problem for you, contact the pros at Hoffer today.  We will be happy to provide you with more information about how our residential pest control services can help to safely control jumping spiders and other common household pests in your home and on your property.

Jumping spider prevention tips

Along with putting into place a residential pest control plan to help control jumping spiders, there are other steps that you can take to make sure that these spiders do not become a problem inside or outside of your home.

  • Place garden areas a distance away from the exterior of your home.
  • Keep grass trimmed short, and cut back wooded or overgrown areas back from your property line.
  • Caulk spaces that are found around the exterior of windows and doors in your home to prevent them from accidentally finding their way inside.
  • Brush off your clothing before coming inside after spending time outside.
  • Inspect potted plants, packages, and other objects for jumping spiders before bringing the items inside.

Spiny Orb-Weaver Spiders

What do spiny orb-weaver spiders look like?

Spiny orb-weaver spiders are known for their very crab-like appearance. Adults grow to between ¼ to ½ of an inch in length; the males are smaller than the females. Depending on the specific species they can have red or black spines that point outward from their white or yellow abdomen. Their abdomen also has black spots on it and their legs are black. Males look slightly different than the females; they are gray with black spots and do not have large spines like the female.

Are spiny orb-weaver spiders dangerous?

No, spiny orb-weaver spiders are not considered to be dangerous. They are a non-aggressive species and are considered to be a nuisance pest. Spiny orb-weaver spiders may bite if they feel threatened or are being directly handled, however no serious reactions from the bite generally occurs. Their spines can poke through the skin of a person, but it just feels like a pin prick and is not dangerous.

Why do I have spiny orb-weaver spiders?

Spiny orb-weaver spiders are a type of garden spider and can be found living at the edges of woodlands, in shrubs, in the exterior corners of windows and doors, and of course in garden areas. Spiny orb-weaver spiders do not usually go inside of homes but may be accidentally introduced on plants or other items that have been brought in from the outdoors.

Signs of spiny orb-weaver spiders

Spiny orb-weaver spiders create unique large orb shaped webs to catch their prey in. These webs can grow to be 10-12 inches when measured across. Finding their webs is a good indication that spiny orb-weaver spiders are near or living somewhere on your property. Another good indication of a spiny orb-weaver spider infestation on your property is coming across these brightly colored unique looking spiders in garden areas.

How do I get rid of spiny orb-weaver spiders?

The best way to get rid of a problem with spiny orb-weaver spiders is to call a professional pest control expert. Here at Hoffer Pest Solutions, our professionals have the experience, training, and knowledge needed to determine the best course of treatment required to control spiny orb-weaver spiders. If spiny orb-weaver spiders have become a problem, contact the pros at Hoffer today. We will be happy to provide you with more information about how our residential pest control services can help to safely control spiny orb-weaver spiders and other common household pests in your home and on your property.

Spiny orb-weaver spider prevention tips 

Along with putting into place a residential pest control plan to control spiny orb-weaver spiders, there are other steps that you can take to make sure that these spiders do not become a problem inside or outside of your home.

  • Place garden areas a distance away from the outside of your home.
  • Trim trees and shrubs away from the exterior of your house.
  • Inspect plants for spiny orb-weaver spiders before purchasing them from a nursery or before bringing inside of your home after they have been outside.
  • Caulk holes and spaces around the exterior of windows and doors at your home.

Wolf Spiders

What do wolf spiders look like?

Adult wolf spiders are a large species of spider that have a hairy and stout body with eight spiny legs. Female wolf spiders grow to between 3/8 and 1-3/8 of an inch in length; males of the species are smaller in size. Wolf spiders are dark brown or black and depending on the specific species, they have yellow, gray, or cream-colored markings. They have three rows of eyes- four small eyes in the bottom row, followed by two large eyes in the middle row, and two medium eyes in the top row.

Are wolf spiders dangerous?

These large hairy spiders may give people a good scare, but they are not a dangerous species of spider.  Their venom is generally not strong enough to cause any problems in a person.  Wolf spiders are not a particularly aggressive species of spider and generally only bite a person if they are being threatened or directly handled.

Why do I have wolf spiders?

Typically wolf spiders are located outside hiding underneath rocks, leaf piles, woodpiles, or landscaping tiles.  Wolf spiders hide and wait until suitable prey come along and then they run after the prey to overtake it.  They do not build webs.  Wolf spiders may accidentally enter into homes, sheds, or garages as they are hunting for food and sometimes they come indoors searching for warm shelter when the weather cools in the late fall.

Signs of wolf spiders

Wolf spiders hide in the dark corners of homes and do not create spider webs; therefore, the main sign of a wolf spider infestation is seeing wolf spiders scurrying about in your home, garage, or other outbuildings.

How do I get rid of wolf spiders?

The best way to get rid of a problem with wolf spiders is to call a professional pest control expert.  Here at Hoffer Pest Solutions, our professionals have the experience, training, and knowledge needed to determine the best course of treatment required to eliminate wolf spiders on your property. If wolf spiders have become a problem contact the professionals at Hoffer today.  We will be happy to provide you with more information about how our residential pest control services can help to safely control wolf spiders and other pests in your home and on your property.

Wolf spider prevention tips

As a homeowner, you can do several things in your home and around your property to help deter wolf spiders and prevent an infestation.  Wolf spider prevention tips include:

  • Seal gaps in your home’s foundation.
  • Caulk openings around exterior windows and doors.
  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
  • Replace or repair damaged door and window insect screens.
  • Keep shed and garage doors closed whenever possible.
  • Store woodpiles away from the exterior of your home.
  • Remove leaf piles and other organic debris from the property.
  • In basement and other storage areas keep clutter to a minimum.