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For many people, there’s nothing worse than stumbling upon a spider in your home. This rings especially true for Tampa residents, as the greater Tampa area is home to a wide variety of spider species. While they may not pose health issues or damage property the way cockroaches or termites do, finding spiders in your home can still be a safety problem.

Spider traps may curb these eight-legged pests’ activity, but only pest professionals can eliminate and prevent spider infestations. Safeguard your home and call Critter Control of Tampa’s local pest experts.

Types of Spiders in Tampa

There are many types of spiders that crawl around in your Florida homes or businesses. Thankfully, most of them aren’t dangerous. Here are some of the more common Florida spiders and how to identify them.

Indoor Spiders in Tampa

Wolf Spider

Wolf spiders measure between 0.25 and 2 inches long, and are typically hairy with gray-brown coloring and light stripes. In fact, larger wolf spiders are sometimes mistaken for tarantulas. Unlike other spider species, they do not spin webs. While they are venomous, wolf spiders are not aggressive, and their bites only cause mild pain, itching, and swelling.

Daddy Long Legs

Daddy long legs are easy to recognize with their long, spindly legs and tiny body. Despite the myth that they would be deadly to humans if their fangs were big enough, daddy long legs do not have venom glands. They feed on dying plants and tiny insects, such as aphids. They can be found in gardens and cool, dark areas of your home, such as the basement.

Brown Recluse

You can identify a brown recluse by its brown color and violin or fiddle-shaped marking behind its head. Its bite can cause ulcers and tissue damage to the skin around the bite wound. Brown recluse bites can also make children and the elderly extremely ill. Bites aren’t common, as brown recluses hide in dark, quiet areas, but you may disturb them while moving boxes or cleaning. If you believe you’ve been bitten by a brown recluse, seek medical attention immediately.

Black Widow

Black widows are extremely venomous to humans, causing symptoms such as muscle spasms, nausea, and potentially death. They are generally 1.5 inches long and black in color with a red hourglass shape on their underside. A tell-tale sign of black widows is messy, irregular spider webs in the corners of your home. Seek medical attention if you believe a black widow has bitten you.

Brown Widow

Despite being related to black widows, the brown widow is not considered as dangerous, and its bite is not life-threatening. Its appearance is still alarming though, as this large, tan spider with white markings on its abdomen. Young brown widows are difficult to distinguish from young black widows, so be sure to give any spider you cannot identify plenty of space.

Huntsman Spider

Reaching almost 5 inches in length, huntsman spiders are considered one of the largest spider species found in Florida. They’re brown in color, with white markings on their heads and brown-black mottled coloring on their legs. These massive spiders will invade your home in search of cockroaches and other pests. Their bites are painful, but non-fatal.

Outdoor Spiders Found in Tampa

Spiny Orb-Weaver

The spiny orb-weaver looks more like something out of a science-fiction film than a spider. Measuring between ¼ – ½ of an inch, the spiny orb-weaver has six distinct spines on its abdomen, and can be white, black, orange, or yellow with red markings. They tend to build their orb-shaped webs in gardens or on the sides of houses.

Crab Spider

Even though it’s venomous, the crab spider’s fangs are too small to pierce human skin and cause illness or injury. Crab spiders are brown with two large front legs, and they scuttle like crabs. They’re typically considered beneficial, as they eat flies and mosquitoes, and are more likely to roam your yard rather than your living room.

Banana Spider

You’ll never have to wonder if you’ve found a banana spider—measuring up to 3 inches long, this bright yellow and black spider is a common resident in Tampa gardens and yards. Their webs are strong and yellow-tinted, and can be as large as 6 feet in diameter. While considered venomous, banana spiders aren’t a threat to humans, and they feed on a variety of outdoor pests.

Jumping Spiders

Jumping spiders are known for darting around at incredible speeds and jumping to heights almost 25 times their size. Black or brown in coloring and barely an eighth of an inch in size, jumping spiders are some of the least alarming arachnids to stumble upon. They prefer gardens, yards, and sheds, but may accidentally hitch a ride into your home on a plant or person.

Professional Spider Control in Tampa

Spiders may be helpful in controlling pest populations, but the benefits of spiders shouldn’t outweigh the safety of your family or your peace of mind. Let Critter Control of Tampa’s trained professionals safeguard your home. We’ll spider-proof your space with the following methods:

  • Removing spiders and cobwebs in hard-to-reach spaces
  • Applying insecticide concentrates and aerosols to entries, porches, and more.
  • Interior spray treatment for baseboards, windows, pipes, and other areas.

Concerned about spiders managing to get back into your home? If spiders return during the warranty period of our service, we guarantee we’ll provide additional extermination and removal services, free of charge.

Schedule Your Free Spider Inspection Today

Protect your home from creepy-crawly houseguests with Critter Control of Tampa. Give yourself peace of mind with our free inspection, valued at $299. Whether you’ve noticed strange bites on your skin or a spider has scuttled across your wall, we’ll be happy to check out any spider concern.

For protection from spiders in Tampa, look no further than Critter Control of Tampa. Contact us online or give our local critter experts a call for your free inspection and estimate today!

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