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Banana Spider

About Banana Spiders:

Most people see banana spiders and want to run. You might have even seen them on a youtube video.

The truth is, there are a lot of more dangerous spiders out there, but the size of the banana spiders legs are intimidating. It’s not a spider you should mess with because they do bite.

Identifying Banana Spiders

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.

While the banana spider venom is not potent enough to seriously injure a healthy adult. It is, however, potent enough to hospitalize an infant, pet, or person with health issues.

For a healthy individual, the symptoms from this spider may include.

  • Local pain
  • Redness
  • Blisters
  • A very very serious scare!

For individuals with allergies or other medical conditions, symptoms may be much worse.

If you travel out of America, keep in mind that there are different species of banana spiders.

Treatment For Banana Spiders

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.

Banana Spider