The truth is that spiders are an important part of nature. They do a great job of helping to control local insect populations. While most spider species in the area are perfectly harmless, this is not the case for the infamous black widow. If you happen to spot one of these eight-legged arachnids in your home, keep your distance at all times. Here are some key facts you should know about black widow spiders.

What Do They Look Like?

It’s often easy to recognize a black widow spider. Females have a shiny black body with a distinctive red-orange hourglass marking, which is a sign for you to stay away. Within their fangs lie powerful venom. While the size of these spiders can vary, most average around 1 ¼ inches long. In comparison to the females, male black widows are smaller and non-poisonous.

Where Are They Found?

Black widow spiders don’t like to be seen by humans. This is why they often take refuge in dark places. Common hiding spots include attics, basements, crawl spaces, and storage buildings. You may also find these spiders taking cover inside flower pots, in wood piles, and underneath park benches. When the weather begins to get cooler, black widow spiders are far more likely to come indoors.

Signs of Black Widow Spiders

Because black widow spiders are so shy, they often go completely unnoticed for long periods. Nevertheless, there are some key signs to look for. For starters, keep an eye out for large, messy-looking webs. These webs will typically be lower to the ground. You may also discover a silken egg sac.

Why Are Black Widow Spiders Problematic for Homes and Businesses?

Despite being non-aggressive creatures, black widow spiders won’t hesitate to attack when threatened. While playing, a child could unknowingly invade the spider’s territory. No other spider in the United States is more toxic. When bitten by a female black widow, most people experience immediate pain. This discomfort can easily last for up to three days. Other key symptoms caused by the venom include sweating, nausea, and elevated blood pressure. While fatalities from a black widow bite are rare, hospitalization can occur.*

How Should I Handle Black Widow Spiders?

Black widow spiders are dangerous. If you happen to encounter this spider, call in a professional exterminator as soon as possible. There are likely more of these spiders hiding out somewhere nearby.

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*Disclaimer: The content about black widow bite treatments is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a medical professional with questions you have regarding pest stings/bites and/or allergic reactions.