Spiders are a nuisance pest that commonly cohabitates with humans in homes and businesses. While many species do bite, and some are venomous, most are not aggressive. Different species of spiders have different behaviors. Some spiders spin webs in the corners or near baseboards. Some spiders are hunters and stalk their prey instead of waiting for a web to catch them.
Most species of spiders are simply a nuisance to homeowners, spinning webs that have to be cleared, causing fear, and occasionally biting. There are a few species commonly found in the Tallahassee area that should be of concern to homeowners as they pose a potential risk for illness or injury.
Most Common Spiders in Florida
There are dozens of species of spiders in Florida, many of which can infest homes. Some of the common ones to be aware of include:
- Black Widow Spider
- Brown Recluse Spider
- Common House Spider
- Jumping Spider
- Southern House Spider
- Yellow Sac Spider
- American House Spider
House spiders in all of their varieties are typically non-aggressive, nuisance pests. These spiders take up space, build webs, instill fear, and rarely bite. The only time house spiders will bite if they feel threatened. With the exception of heavy infestations, homeowners can peaceably live with house spiders and may not realize that they have a problem.
By contrast, black widow and brown recluse spiders pose severe health and safety risks and should be removed by a professional immediately. Both species tend to live in areas that are out of the way and may not encounter humans in the dwelling, except by accident.
Black widow spiders are especially dangerous if you come into contact with them. Their venom is poisonous to humans and can cause severe illness and even death, although it’s not common, depending on the potency of the bite. The age of the spider and how recently she fed affects the strength of the venom. Some spiders are even able to regulate how much venom they inject in their prey. A warning bite may only contain a small amount of venom while an attack bite would contain the full strength.
Brown recluse spiders are also harmful to humans. These spiders prefer not to have contact with humans and live in dark corners and unfrequented areas like attics and storage sheds. Brown Recluse spider venom attacks the tissue and causes irreparable damage. Without medical intervention, their bite can lead to death. If you find a black widow spider or a brown recluse spider in your home, do not touch them. Call Capelouto right away for safe and professional removal.
How can I tell if I have spiders in my house?
Spiders, even those that prefer to stay out of sight, leave plenty of evidence of their presence. The presence of webs in the corners, basement, or doorways is a surefire sign of spiders. To a lesser extent, you will likely even encounter the occasional spider while they are on the hunt for insects.
If you frequently wake up with new spider bites or have repeated spider bite incidents, the spider population in your home is likely to become crowded, and you are accidentally encroaching on a spider’s space. Most species of spiders that infest homes in the Tallahassee area are not aggressive, and most actively avoid human contact. Spider bites are also mistaken for bed bug or flea bites. Call Capelouto for an inspection if you aren’t sure where the bites are coming from.
How to Get Rid of Spiders
Spiders generally prefer to live outdoors and most only find their way indoors by accident. A plentiful supply of food and comfortable shelter usually entices them to stay once they are there. Homeowners can deter this by sealing up any gaps that would allow entry for spiders. Check and boxes that are brought into your house for spiders. By examining what comes into your home, you could also prevent cockroaches that commonly infest homes as stowaways.
How can Capelouto Termite and Pest Control get rid of spiders in my home?
We can get rid of the most common spiders in Florida. Our trained professionals know the strategies that are proven to work with and can safely apply them to eliminate the spiders in your home. Call us or fill out the contact form on this page for a free inspection or to schedule spider control today!