large black widow spider in tn

How To Identify Black Widow Spiders

As their name may suggest black widow spiders are shiny black in color, but they a distinct have a red “hourglass” like shape on their back. They, like all arachnids, have four pairs of legs and adults can range in size from 1-½ to 1-3/8 inches in length. The females are larger than the males.

Why Do I Have A Black Widow Spider Problem?

Black widow spiders choose areas to hide in that are secluded and dark. Outside they are commonly found hiding in woodpiles, garages, and sheds. They may move inside of homes and other buildings through AC units, spaces in foundations, as well as underneath doors or around windows as they search for food and shelter. Once inside they hide in basements, crawl spaces, closets, and underneath furniture.

Are Black Widow Spiders Dangerous?

Black widow spiders are in fact a venomous species of spider and their venom can affect the nervous system in people. It is important to note that a bite from a black widow spider is rare and long term complications or death is even rarer. However, if you think you have been bitten by a black widow spider it is important to seek medical attention to ensure that serious complications do not arise.

How Do I Control Black Widow Spiders?

Because black widow spiders are so difficult to find and they are a venomous species, controlling them is best left to the professionals. If you have black widow spiders on your property or in your home the pest control experts at Russell’s Pest Control can safely and quickly find and eliminate the spiders.

Black Widow Spider Prevention Tips

In order to prevent encountering black widow spiders  you need to get rid of the habitats in and around your home where they like to live and hide in. Keep clutter in storage areas to a minimum and remove piles of leaves, wood, and other organic debris from your property. Build woodpiles up off of the ground and place them a distance away from the exterior of your house. Also seal or fix possible entrance points around your home like cracks in the foundation, broken screens, or gaps around windows, doors, and AC units.


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