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BLACK WIDOW SPIDERS
Black Widow Spiders
  • Color: Black with characteristic red "hourglass" on back

  • Legs: 8

  • Shape: Round

  • Size: 3/4 inch length, 3/8 inch diameter

  • Antennae: No

  • Region: Found throughout U.S.

Black widow spiders are most recognized for the red hourglass shape under their abdomen. Contrary to legend, female black widow spiders rarely devour the male black widow spider after mating.

HABITS

Black widow spiders spin their web near ground level. They often build their webs in protected areas, such as in boxes and in firewood.

HABITAT

Black widow spiders are often found around wood piles and gain entry into a structure when firewood is carried into a building. They are also found under eaves, in boxes, and other areas where they are undisturbed.

THREATS

The venom of a black widow spider is a neurotoxin and is used as a defense. Black widow spiders do not bite humans instinctively. The black widow spider bite can cause severe pain. Young children and the elderly are especially susceptible to a severe reaction to a black widow spider bite.

PREVENTION TIPS

Avoid black widow spider bites by wearing heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time. Spiders often hide in shoes, so check shoes and shake them out before wearing. When spider webs are visible, use caution before putting your hands or feet in that area. If you suspect an infestation, contact a black widow control specialist immediately. This is the safest way to get rid of black widow spiders in your home.

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