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 Northern Black Widow Spider in the Tampa Bay area:
The Northern Black Widow Spider is found in the eastern US, from southern Canada south to Florida, and west to eastern Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Outdoors, they are found in old stumps, hollow logs, under fallen fence posts, in abandoned animal burrows or piles of brush, and the corners of sheds and crawlspaces.
In the northern black widow has a distinctive “hourglass” marking on their underside of the abdomen. The marketing is incomplete or split in the middle. Northern widows also have a series of red spots along the dorsal midline of the abdomen, and many have a series of lateral white stripes on the abdomen. The black widow hangs in an inverted position inside their web.
Black widow bites are typically infrequent since they are very timid and prefer to flee when disturbed. The venom of a widow spider is 15 times more toxic than that of rattlesnakes. Widow bites are much less severe since the small amount of the venom injected into the bite.
The statistic is less than 1% mortality (mostly children) of persons bitten by black widows. The toxin affects the central nervous system, and the severity of the bite depends on many factors which include the:
Pain is felt almost immediately after the bite, and increases for 1 to 3 hours but may last for 24 hours. In severe cases, large muscles become rigid with spasms, and there is a rise in body temp, blood pressure, profuse perspiration, and a tendency to be nauseous.
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