Spiders are arachnids not insects. Arachnids have 8 legs, no antennae, and 2 body regions. Insects have 6 legs, 1 pair of antennae, and 3 body regions. There are about 37,000 species of spiders that have been named. This represents only about 1/4th the total amount of all spiders. Luckily only a few types are considered household pests and almost all spiders found in Florida are harmless to humans. Almost all spiders possess venom, but most cannot penetrate the skin of humans with their fangs.
Poisonous spiders, specifically those dangerous to humans, are few in number. Only five species of venomous spiders occur in Florida, which are; The Southern Black widow, The Northern Black Widow, The Red Widow, The Brown Widow, and occasionally seen The Brown Recluse. If bitten by a spider, keep it in rubbing alcohol for a positive identification by a professional. If it happens to be one of these venomous spiders you might need medical attention immediately. Collier Pest Control recommends if bitten by any spider or insects. First, try to identify the species of pest you where bitten by. Then, rub the bitten area of your body with ammonia, and then cover the bitten area with ice to reduce the swelling to the area. If you are not sensitive or allergic to spider or insect bites, the irritation from the bite will be reduced within a few minutes. If you have had an experience with sensitivity or allergic reaction to spider or insect bites, seek medical attention immediately. Bring the pest that bit you to the medical attendant for proper identification.
Most spiders live one to two seasons. Some primitive spiders can live up to 10 years. A female spider does not ordinarily feast on her mate as fable tells us, but males do die soon after mating. Spiders require shedding their exoskeleton usually 4 to 12 times before becoming an adult.
All Spiders are predators that depend mostly on live insects for their food source. They will also feed on other spiders when available. Some Spiders make webs to snare their prey; others are hunters that search for their prey. When feeding on their prey, spiders inject a digestive fluid into their prey before eating it. Spiders can survive for long periods of time without feeding. Some Spiders have kept alive for over 2 years without feeding. Spiders never feed on plants or non-living materials, including grains and fabrics.
Some Spiders are associated with moisture and found in basements, crawl spaces, and damp parts of buildings. Other types of Spiders live in warm dray places. These can be found in subfloor air vents, and upper corners of rooms and attics, newly hatched Spiders are very tiny and can easily enter your home through screens and around loose fitting doors and windows. Spiders regularly hid in cracks, darkened areas, or other retreats which they construct of silk.
Controlling Spiders indoors may involve nothing more than vacuuming up the Spiders, their webs, and egg sacs. Removal of clutter or other sanitation steps directed at the conditions favoring Spiders will help reduce Spider infestation. Successful Spider management indoors begins by eliminating the Spiders food source with are insects and other Spiders. Routine pest control maintenance, tightly fitted screens and weather strips on doors and windows will keep out unwanted pests. Also, inspect such things as; firewood, cut flowers, nursery plants, and anything brought into the home.
Controlling Spiders outside your home can be as easy as wiping down, washing, and pressure spraying all webs, Spiders, and eggs sacs. Turning off outside lights when not needed, and routine pest control treatments will control most Spider infestations for most homes.
If your Spider infestation is bigger than you can handle with regular maintenance or you just don’t wish to see exterior Spiders around your home. Collier Pest Control, Southwest Florida’s Pest Authority, can eliminate unwanted Spiders from around the outside of your home for up to 6 months at a time with our specially designed for Southwest Florida Spider Service. We will treat all the eaves, soffits, doors frames, window frames, lighting, pool cages, inside garages, and any place a spider can cling. If you live in Naples, Fort Myers, or Southwest Florida call 239-455-4300 for a free estimate and a complete explanation on any of our services, or look us up on our web site at collierpestcontrol.com.
Don’t let unwanted guests spoil your beautiful Southwest Florida lifestyle. Remember, Florida does not have to be shared with Spiders or insects.