What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Location: key largo, fl
December 4, 2011 8:51 pm
Hey guys! Here’s a cool flattie spider hanging out on my bathroom wall. I live in key largo and I was wondering if I could get more specific species info from you 🙂
Signature: wheezy


Dear wheezy,
Thanks so much for sending us your photo.  From what we have been able to glean from BugGuide, Flatties are in the family Selenopidae, and new world species seem to all be classified in the genus
Selenops.  According to BugGuide, there are:  “7 species in BugGuide’s range (North America north of Mexico), but many species in Central America that can be possible imports.”  We are unable to provide you with an accurate species identification at the moment.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
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  1. Emily says:

    this is really interesting & informaional site. Ty. I’m a 35 yr old N Florida native since birth, & am deathly scared of certain spiders-tho, I hv great respect for them, & didn’t ever kill 1, my whole life, until 34 yrs old, Bc I thought a hunting spider was a recluse-near my 5 yr old girl.
    Ever since my family moved back to my childhood town, in the countryside, & moved into a used double wide-we’ve been dealing with spiders way too much. Some r hunting spiders, some r defin recluses..& I cant risk them hurting my lil girl, so I kill them now, if inside the house & they seem threatening, at all. (I do take the lil less scary spiders outside, tho, 😉 when possible). How do u recommend spider-proofing ur home? Espec a double-wide? We hv most vents & holes under the house, stapled & duct-taped up pretty well, but I still worry.
    Should I put spider poison n all possible entries into home, & in any cracks/crevices, & maybe caulk all the holes up?
    Hopefully that’ll work.. bc we’ve been here less a year, & I’ve had this o deal with way too many big scary spiders..& my 6 yr old is scared 😱 so badly by them..that she asks about moving!
    (I know we can call an exterminator-next on list, if I have to.)
    PS. Peeps who say brown recluses don’t live in FL r SO WRONG! (& they do get bigger than a nickel—bigger than you’d think.)

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