SCF Venice Green Team to Present “Overcoming Your Fear of Spiders”

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct.. 7, 2014) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Venice Green Team will host a guest lecture, “Overcoming Your Fear of Spiders,” at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, building 800, in the Selby Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Although many people are afraid of spiders, the venom of most species does not pose a threat to humans. Most spiders play an important role in keeping insects in check and are beneficial in our yards and gardens.

Dr. Fred Santana, an entomologist with more than 45 years of experience, will speak about spiders common to the area and the role they play in the environment. His topics will include venomous spiders, such as the brown and black widow, and the brown recluse spider, which is frequently implicated as the cause of necrotic lesions.

Santana is a retired entomologist for Sarasota County. He was an integrated pest management coordinator, organizing the use of pesticides and promoting environmentally friendly pest management practices, and also was a county extension entomologist.

Woody McCree, associate professor, art, design, humanities, is the Green Team chair. The SCF Green Team is a group of students, faculty and staff who work in collaboration to design and implement projects that maintain the natural beauty and the environmental significance of SCF Venice.

For more information, contact McCree at 941-408-1503. Maps and directions are online at

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