Black Widow Spider Identification & Prevention

What are black widow spiders?

Identified by their shiny black appearance and a reddish-orange hourglass-like marking on their belly, the black widow is not a spider any homeowner wants to stumble across. But believe it or not, these spiders are beneficial when living outside and away from people. They help to control populations of nuisance and dangerous insects, including mosquitoes. But, when these pests invade our yards or homes, they become a problem.

black widow in its web

Are black widow spiders dangerous?

Black widow spiders are one of the few dangerous spiders that live in the United States. Though their venom is strong enough to cause significant health problems in people, these spiders are docile, and bites are usually the result of accidental contact. Bites from black widow spiders usually occur when people come into contact with them while doing things like working in the garden, doing yard work, reaching underneath furniture, or digging through boxes.

Symptoms that people may experience after being bitten by a black widow spider include:

  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Tremors
  • Abdominal pain

If a black widow spider ever bites you, you should seek medical attention immediately to control the symptoms.

Why do I have a black widow spider problem?

As with most pests, black widow spiders are drawn to properties that offer them plenty of sources of food to keep them happy and healthy. The more insects you have living around your home, the more likely it will be that black widows and other spiders will be attracted to your property.

The following will attract spiders and other insects to a property:

  • Gardens
  • Heavy landscaping
  • Shrubs and bushes
  • Trees
  • Tall grasses and weeds

Where will I find black widow spiders?

Since black widow spiders are nocturnal, you will probably see their webs before you see them. Black widows build their extremely strong webs at ground level. These webs are irregular and almost chaotic in nature. These spiders are most active when the temperature is above 70 degrees, which is why Florida is a prime place for these spiders to live. Outside, black widow spiders hide under stones, shrubs, decks, woodpiles, and outbuildings. If they find their way inside, they will seek out dark, quiet areas like basements, crawl spaces, under furniture, and the inside cardboard boxes.

How do I get rid of black widow spiders?

At Green Flag Services, we understand that black widow spiders are not only a nuisance but can be dangerous. If you are having problems with black widow spiders on your property, reach out to us today. We can provide you with the spider control services needed to eliminate black widow spiders and prevent them from returning!

If you need help removing black widow spiders or other pests from your DeLand, Daytona Beach, Port Orange, Baldwin Park, Lake Nona, or Lake Mary, FL, residential or commercial property, call Green Flag Services today!

How can I prevent black widow spiders in the future?

Don’t allow black widow spiders to take over your home and yard. Partner with the professionals at Green Flag Services and put into place the following easy to implement prevention tips:

  • Remove tall grass and weeds back from the outside walls of your home.
  • Cut back shrubbery from the exterior of your house.
  • Remove brush piles and woodpiles from your property.
  • Keep your lawn well-maintained, and the grass cut short.
  • Make sure that doors and windows into garages, sheds, and other outbuildings close tightly.
  • Instead of using cardboard boxes to store personal items, use plastic containers with locking lids.
  • Keep storage areas neat and organized.
  • Wear gloves when working outside in the garden.
  • Repair cracks and other openings in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.
  • Seal spaces around utilities entering into your home.

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