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Miami Spider Removal: Black Widow Spiders
Black widow spiders are one of the many spiders in Miami, Florida. As black widow spiders are somewhat timid, they are usually found by accident when someone reaches into secluded areas or pulls on rarely used clothing. If you happen to be working in construction or maintenance or any other field that may require you to lift boards, firewood, or reach into storage boxes it is recommended that you wear gloves in order to prevent being bitten by a hidden spider. Also, be sure to check any clothing that has been lying around in a garage, shed, or truck before putting it on as black widow spider may have taken up residence within it.
Three species of widow spiders are native to the Miami, Florida area.
Southern Black Widow: Most common of the native widow spiders. It is the epitome of the classic widow spider, occurring in all the normal widow spider habitats. It is a glossy jet black all over, including body and legs. The only red marks are the bright red hourglass mark on the underside of the abdomen, and a red spot just behind and above the spinnerets. It occurs throughout the state.
Northern Black Widow: Very similar to the southern black widow, with the exception of its hourglass mark which is broken into 2 triangle-shaped markings. In addition there is a row of red spots down the middle of the back. Its web is a large tangled mass which is generally found at the tip of a low tree branch.
Brown Widow: Variable in color from almost white to almost black, although typically, it is a light to medium brown, with an orange hourglass marking on the underside of the abdomen. The Brown Widow leg segments are banded, with one half of each segment lighter in color than the other half. Its back often has a row of white spots (rarely they will be orange or light blue), and there are a few white stripes on each side. The darker Brown Widows lack these markings and are difficult to distinguish from black widows. They can sometimes be identified by their eggsac if it is present. Brown Widow eggsacs resemble a sandspur and are tan, spherical, and have many small tufts of silk sticking out from them, while the other widows make white, smooth eggsacs tending to be pear-shaped.
The Brown Widow tends to be extremely timid and has rarely been reported to bite, though some scientists from the University of Florida claim that the venom of the Florida Brown widow spider is twice as potent as that of the black widow. The Brown Widow appears to be the most human-adapted of the species occurring in Florida. Its webs may occur anywhere that there is sufficient space to make one. It may be extremely abundant on houses and other man-made structures (e.g., barns, fences, guard rails, bridges). The Brown Widow reproduces frequently and disperses rapidly, which makes it nearly impossible to control. Those with weakened immune systems such as young children and people with chronic illness can potentially have complications as a result of the bite from a Brown Widow.
Generally, Widow Spiders are very timid and only bite in self-defense such as when they accidentally come in contact with humans. Bite symptoms of the widows are systemic, spreading through the body via the lymphatic system. They usually start about 1-3 hours after the bite has occurred. The most common symptoms of a widow spider bite are intense pain, rigid abdominal muscles, muscle cramping, nausea, vomiting, general malaise (not feeling well), local sweating and hypertension (high blood pressure). If left untreated, bite symptoms will generally last 3-5 days. Treatment includes Calcium gluconate and/or antivenin which is administered to relieve or counteract symptoms.
Pest Control of Miami, Florida: Brown Recluse Spiders
The Brown Recluse is another dangerous spider found in Miami, Florida. As it’s name implies, it is usually brown, though the color may vary. In addition it has a dark violin-shaped mark that has lended to it being nicknamed the fiddleback spider. The brown recluse will often hide out in the secluded areas of your garage or basement. Like the black widow, the brown recluse generally will not bite humans unless it feels threatened. This is why it’s important to always wear gloves when reaching somewhere that you cannot see.
For more information on Black Widows, Brown Recluses and other spiders found in Miami and other areas of Florida, please check out the Florida Department of State Health Services website here
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