Southern Black Widow
Pest Solutions of Tampa Bay
This is the most wide spread widow spider in Florida. It is glossy black and has a complete hourglass marking on the underside of the abdomen.
The southern black widow is usually found outdoors in protected places, such as under rocks and boards and in and around old buildings. The bite of the black widow and other widow spiders usually feels like a pin prick. The initial pain disappears rapidly leaving local swelling and two tiny red marks. Muscular cramps in the shoulder, thigh and back usually begin within 15 minutes to 3 hours. In severe cases, pain spreads to the abdomen, the blood pressure rice, there is nausea, sweating and difficulty in breathing.