Pests: Black Widow

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Black Widow

Where They Live

Low light, garages, shrubbery, log piles, crawl spaces, and porches

About the Pest:

The Black Widow is shiny black with a spherical abdomen. Most Black Widows have an orange or red hourglass on the undersides of their abdomens. These markings may be absent, so be cautious around all spiders. Black Widows are often found in loose webs in dark, undisturbed areas such as shrubbery, around log piles, in crawl spaces, under porches and in garages.

The Black Widow spiders are dangerous. A bite victim should seek medical attention, and an attempt should be made to capture the spider for correct identification and treatment.

How to Control:

It is always a good idea to keep your home and garage as clutter free as possible, giving black widows fewer places to hide and build nests. Shoes should not be stored in the garage because shoes make a great home for black widows. When trying to control black widows, their webs should be removed. Black widows often can tuck themselves under a ledge or into a hole away from the insecticide treatment. Removing their web draws them out from hiding and into the insecticide residual.