Did you know that there are over 58 species of spiders living with us in Florida? In this Spiders in Florida Series, we take a look at the most dangerous venomous domestic house spiders:
In this series, we already covered the Most Common Domestic House Spiders in Florida.
Below we discuss the Brown Widow Spider in the Tampa Bay area:
There are four species of widow spiders that you might find in Florida, three of them native and one of them introduced. Brown, Southern Black, Northern Black, and Red Widow.
Widow Spider, Brown Button Spider, Gray Widow, Geometric Button Spider, Hourglass Spider, Cobweb Spider, Cob Web Spider, Comb-footed Spider, Tangle-web Spider, Gumfoot-web Spider
Black, brown, gray, tan, white, yellow and orange
Latrodectus geometricus (Brown Widow Spider) has been sighted in the following countries: Afghanistan, Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Curacao, India, Israel, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United States.
Latrodectus geometricus has also been sighted in the following states: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Texas.
Brown Widow Spiders have been primarily sighted during March. Here are some interesting facts about them.
The female widow spider has a glossy, jet black body and a bright red mark on the underside of her abdomen that is shaped like an hourglass. The males are usually brown or gray. The females are much bigger than the males, with the females measuring around 1.5 inches and the males being only a quarter of the size.
Of the two genders, the female widow is the most poisonous, as its venom sacs are much bigger. The male bite is not typically not dangerous.
Because widow spiders are nocturnal, they build irregular, tangled, three-dimensional webs, where they rest during the daytime.
To reduce your risk of bites, shake out old clothing before you put them on, and wear gloves when working outdoors or in sheds and garages.
Symptoms generally start between one to three hours after the bite:
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