Appearance: Banana spiders are light brown or yellow in color. They range in size, from approximately ¼” to 1 ½” in length. Their bodies are flat, and they are known for creating the largest webs of all types of spiders in the United States.
Location and Behavior Patterns: Banana spiders do not live indoors, and can only be found indoors if taken inside by mistake. They prefer to live in dense shrubs or in the woods, and can sometimes be spotted along hiking trails. They feed on all types of insects; therefore, they like to create their massive webs in areas where their food source is plentiful.
This type of spider is not aggressive towards people, but it will bite if it feels threatened. A bite from a Banana spider will certainly hurt, but no long-lasting effects should remain for the individual.
Treatment: Banana spiders are plentiful throughout south Florida, especially during the Fall season. Because they live outdoors and they eat other types of crawling and flying insects, they are best if left alone. However, their webs can be dismantled and liquid spray can be effective, if they are present in a populated area of your property.
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