Black Widow Spiders
Black widows are well known due to their distinctive black bulbous shape and red or yellow hour glass shaped markings on females, as well as the potentially deadly bite of the females. Males rarely bite and when they do, it lacks potency. Black widows are considered beneficial in that they reduce populations of nuisance pests. However, if they are found in or around the home, a licensed professional should be contacted for their removal.
Black Widow Spiders - What To Look For
Black widows like protected areas to spin their irregular webs. Locations such as stone or wood piles, barns, sheds, shrubs, garages, basements, and crawlspaces. They usually do not enter homes, but will do so if an area is cluttered and/or undisturbed.
Look for the distinctive black body with red or yellow hourglass shape on the females.
Black Widow Spiders - What To Do
Reducing the insects a Black Widow preys on will help reduce spider populations.
Reduce clutter and periodically clean basements and outbuildings. Store firewood away from buildings. Wear gloves and long sleeves and be careful when moving stored items around.
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