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Spider Pest Control in Jacksonville, Florida

Spiders prefer moisture, and are generally found in dark, damp areas like basements, crawlspaces, garages, etc. The two types of spider most common to the Jacksonville area are the black widow and the brown recluse.

The black widow is about 1/2 inch long and black with a red hourglass-shaped marking on its underside. It builds webs in secluded areas such as in firewood, under debris, and in dark areas under and around homes. It is generally shy but will inflict a painful bite when disturbed.

The brown recluse, also called a “fiddleback” spider because of the fiddle-like marking at the back of its head, is about 1/4 inch long. Like the black widow spider, the brown recluse will build webs in secluded areas such as in firewood, under debris, and in dark areas under and around homes.

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Did You Know?

  • Spiders are the most feared of all pests that invade homes.
  • The fear of spiders is called arachnophobia. Although it is often linked to childhood stories or learned from friends and relatives, it is a very real fear.
  • There are only two species in the Florida area that are dangerous to humans – the black widow and brown recluse spiders.
  • Spiders are not insects. Insects have only 6 legs but 3 body regions, while spiders have 8 legs and only 2 body regions.
  • Most people think of spiders as living in dark, damp areas, like basements, but many live in warm, dry areas, such as around floor vents or corners of rooms.
Black Widow

Black Widow Spider Control

The black widow spider is about 1/2 inch long and black with a red hourglass-shaped marking on its underside. It builds webs in secluded areas such as in firewood, under debris, and in dark areas under and around homes. It is generally shy but will inflict a painful bite when disturbed. Its venom contains neurotoxins that affect the nervous system, causing symptoms such as muscular cramps, tremors, and irregular breathing that can result in convulsions or even death.

Black widow spiders are feared by many, not because of their intimidating characteristics of a black color with a red hourglass shape on their abdomen, but because they are also venomous. According to National Geographic, the venom is supposedly 15 times more harmful than that of a rattlesnake. Venomous symptoms for humans include: muscle aches, nausea, and a paralysis of the diaphragm that can make breathing difficult. To settle your nerves, fatalities are rare, and often harmless. If black widow spiders are causing you trouble, Lindsey Pest Control can help with premium pest control in Jacksonville, FL.

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