There is a popular misconception that Florida is riddled with the dangerous brown recluse spider. Thankfully, this simply isn’t the case. While several different species of recluse have indeed been found in Florida, they are rare and homeowners do not have to worry about them! At Florida Pest Control, we know how concerning these spiders can be. Our spider control experts are here to share everything you need to know about recluse spiders in the state of Florida. Read on to learn more!
Does Florida Have Recluse Spiders?
There are three species of recluse spiders that have been found in Florida: the brown recluse, the Mediterranean recluse, and the Chilean recluse. No breeding populations of these species have been found in any Florida county in a natural habitat. Over the years, our team has received a number of recluse spiders to identify. While they were indeed all recluse spiders, they were not brown recluses, but Mediterranean recluses! We once came across a Chilean recluse that was carried in from South America by the owners of a home being fumigated in the Winter Haven area. Recluses are found in cracks and crevices in and under rocks or the loose bark of dead trees. Thankfully, they are rarely found here in Florida.
Do Recluse Spiders Bite?
Many believe spider bites are quite common, which simply is not true. Spiders have no interest in us as a food source. They feed on insects and other invertebrates, not on human blood. Most spiders are venomous, but few have the ability to bite us. In fact, most spiders would rather leave us alone entirely—there’s a reason why the recluse spider gets its name, after all. The bottom line is bites from spiders—including recluse spiders—are extremely rare. However, it is still important to learn how to recognize the signs of a more dangerous bug bite. Some of the symptoms to look out for include the following.
- Pain at the site of the bite.
- Redness and swelling.
- In serious cases, a deep, purple sore or ulcer that forms.
- Fever and chills
- Joint pain
- While rare, seizures.
Needless to say, always contact a medical professional immediately if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms from a spider bite.
How to Stay Safe From Dangerous Spiders in Florida
While spiders may be abundant in our region, you don’t have much to worry about when it comes to the recluse. Spiders in general are typically harmless, especially the ones we tend to encounter in our homes. If you are ever unsure of what type of spider you may be dealing with, the spider exterminators at Florida Pest Control are happy to help. Contact us today to learn more!