Exterminate Spiders for a Safe Home
Protective Pest Control is dedicated to keeping spiders out of your home. Spiders are prevalent in south Florida, but we will come up with a solution to make sure your house is free from these potentially dangerous pests. Call (561) 791-0263 and schedule an appointment. We will make sure you family is safe from spiders and other insects.
Types of Spiders in South Florida
There are many species of spiders in south Florida. Some pose more of a threat to people and pets than others, but at Protective Pest Control, we will remove all types of spiders and make sure they never come back.
Brown Recluse Spiders
- Appearance: Brown Recluse spiders are brown, gray or deep yellow and have six eyes. They also have a black line on the dorsal side of their cephalothorax. This line has earned them the common used nicknames: fiddle-back spider, brown fiddler or violin spider.
- Size: Ranges from 6-20 mm but they are capable of growing larger.
- Behavior: Brown Recluse spiders are not aggressive and they usually only have human contact if they are disturbed and feel threatened. Most bites are minor but if bitten one must seek medical examination. Unlike most spiders, they leave their webs at night to hunt.
- Habitat: Brown Recluse spiders build their webs in woodpiles, sheds, closets, beds, garages, cellars and any place that offers a dry and undisturbed environment.
- Appearance: Crab spiders earned their name because of their extremely close resemblance of crabs. They have two front pairs of legs that are angled outwards, and their bodies are flat. Some crab spiders are able to change their colors between white and yellow. They change color in order to blend in with the flower, etc that they may have made their home.
- Behavior: Crab spiders are hunters and therefore do not build their webs to trap prey. They use their front legs to grab onto their prey and then they use their venomous bite to paralyze their victim. Crab spiders have no evidence thus far of being harmful to humans although any spider bite is encouraged to have a medical examination.
- Habitat: They are often found on fruit, flowers, leaves and bark where they can gain easy access to grab onto intruding insects.
Daddy Long Legs Spiders
- Appearance: They are either a gray or light brown color. They are extremely fragile spiders due to their thin shape.
- Size: Their length is about 1/10 to 1/2 inch. Their legs can be up to 2 inches long when extended.
- Behavior: Daddy long legs become threatened when their web is touched or if an over-sized prey gets tangled in their web. They give off a vibrating motion and can become almost invisible when they go into defense mode.
- Habitat: They build messy, tangled webs in dark and damp areas which include, caves, loose bark, abandoned burrows, any undisturbed building or cellar, and under rocks.
Golden Silk Ord-Weaver Spiders
- Appearance: Their coloring can include yellow, black, brown and orange-red-ish.
- Behavior: Golden Silk Orb weavers are known for their impressive web weaving skills. The threads of their webs are yellow and appear gold in sunlight. Their webs are specifically designed to catch large insects. The Golden Orb Spiders venom is harmless to humans. They generally don't attack even when a human may destroy their web.
- Appearance: Jumping spiders are large and hairy. They vary in color. They are usually recognized by their eye pattern. Their first row of eyes have four eyes, their second row has two large eyes and their third row has two small eyes.
- Size: Less two centimeters in length.
- Behavior: They are known for being curious and fearless spiders. They have an outstanding vision which helps them while they hunt for prey. They are non venomous and are capable of jumping great lengths.
- Habitat: They are most commonly found in gardens and sometimes inside of homes.
- Appearance: Brown Widows can range in color from tan to dark brown to black sometimes with shades of gray. On the underside of there abdomen is a distinct hourglass shape. On the brown widow this hourglass shape is usually a bright orange or yellowish color.
- Size: Less two centimeters in length.
- Behavior: There is great debate with scientists over brown widows venom. Some say it is twice as potent as the black widow's venom and others say it is less potent. People who have been bitten by the brown widow have described their bite as very painful.
- Habitat: Brown widows can be located by identifying their egg-sacks which are easily found. They are circular with spikes.
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