Learn about Huntsman Spiders in Florida
Huntsman spiders can grow to be very large and look very fearsome. They are also sometimes mistaken for brown recluse spiders. The reality is that huntsman spiders rarely bite humans and they are not venomous. They run quickly after the prey they hunt and can be found indoors or outdoors; they’re most active at night.
Huntsman Spider Habitat
Outside, huntsman spiders are commonly found under tree bark or in woodpiles. They can also be found inside houses, barns, sheds, and even cars. Being susceptible to the cold, huntsman spiders usually die off in the winter if they don’t make it inside.
Huntsman Spider Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers
Huntsman spiders can run about as fast as humans on their long legs, though they are highly unlikely to chase humans. They use their speed to chase prey, usually small insects.
Huntsman spiders biting humans is rare, but if you do get bit, it can be painful. Sensitive individuals may also experience additional side effects like allergic reactions. The good news is that huntsman spiders are not venomous, so most people experience minimal effects. Huntsman spiders can be beneficial as they feed on a variety of insects, such as cockroaches, moths, and even small reptiles and amphibians.
If you think you might have huntsman spiders on your property, give the local spider exterminators at Florida Pest Control a call. We’ll send out an experienced spider expert who can assess the situation and let you know your best options.
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