Learning Center

What are brown widow spiders?

Brown widow spiders are found living in tropical and subtropical climates and have established populations throughout Florida. These spiders are also commonly referred to as the brown button spider, grey widow, brown black widow, or house button spiders. They are a venomous spider and are closely related to the more commonly known black widow spider.

What do brown widows look like?


The brown widow spider is a medium sized spider and is a bit smaller in size than its cousin the black widow spider. These spiders can be dark grey, brown, or black in color and have a striped pattern on the legs and topside of their bodies and

 brown mottling on their bottom sides. Like black widow spiders, brown widows have hourglass-like shaped markings on their abdomens, however rather than red in color, theirs is bright orange or a yellowish color.  They can also be identified by their distinctive egg sac with is spiky or tufted in appearance. The webs this spider creates are tangled and messy looking.

Where am I likely to find brown widow spiders in my house?


Brown widow spiders prefer to build their webs in dark, quiet areas.  Closets, basements, and garages are common hiding spots, they can also be found in or under:

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Furniture
  • High shelves
  • Potted plants
  • Sheds
  • Storage areas

Do brown widows bite?

Yes, brown widow spiders bite, however they are extremely non-aggressive and typically a female brown widow spider will only bite if she feels her egg sac is in danger.

Are brown widow spiders dangerous?

Yes, brown widow spiders are considered to be dangerous; however, they rarely bite.  As mentioned above, females really only become aggressive if there is a threat.  A brown widow spider bite is not as dangerous as a black widow but if you are bitten, you should seek medical attention.

How do I get rid of brown widow spiders?

If you’ve discovered spiders in your home or business, Keller’s offers effective spider control services. Our team has the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to rid your property of these potentially dangerous arachnids. To learn more about our services, please contact us!

Is the brown widow the same as the brown recluse?

No, brown widow spiders and brown recluse are different spiders. Like the brown widow, the brown recluse is considered a dangerous spider and although they are not indigenous to our area, they can be transported here. Once here, due to our tropical climate, they can thrive and will make your home their own.