The venom of Brown Widow spiders is not as toxic as the Black Widow, but are still very painful and can cause serious injury if not treated.
When the subject of dangerous spiders come up we usually think of the notorious Black Widow spider. Her shiny black body with that famous red hour glass marking on the underside of the abdomen is an image that readily comes to mind.
In Florida however, there are three other Widows to contend with: the Northern Black Widow, the Red Widow and the Brown Widow. The Brown Widow being prominent in our area.
In the mid to late 90's an outbreak of the Brown Widows took place in North and Central Florida. People are finding the Brown Widow everywhere, including cars, trucks, and RV's; and that is probably the way this spider scattered through out the area. They have become more dominant than the Black Widow around the Lakeland area. You can find these frightening spiders on the outside of homes around windows, eves, and in entry ways.
Because they vary from light tan to dark brown, (almost black) with variable markings of black, white, yellow, orange, or brown on the back of their abdomens, Brown Widows are not as easy to identify. The underside of the abdomen, if you can see it, contains the distinctive hour glass marking. Unlike the Black Widow, the hour glass on the Brown Widow is orange to yellowish orange.
Brown widows can be located by finding their egg sacs. The egg sac of a Brown Widow is very different from those of the other widow spiders. The Brown Widow has a unique "spiky" egg sac, unlike the smooth egg sac of the Black Widow. They will nest in any out of the way place around the home, including wet clothes and towels on a clothesline.
With effective spider extermination efforts and routine cleaning and treating these spiders can be controlled or even purged from your home completely.
For more information on extermination of Brown Widow Spiders in Lakeland, FL and surrounding areas call Safari Pest Control for all the latest pest control treatments and techniques.