Spiders are a part of our every day environment and one species of spider that adapted to live side by side with humans is the Southern Black Window. They are often found near homes, patios, decks and garages. There is a lot of confusion about the Southern black widow spider and how to control them. Pest Control Technicians, Inc will share more about the Southern black widow spider that is often found around our Pennsylvania homes.
What Do Southern Black Widow Spiders Look Like?
The Southern black widow spider has become an iconic image for all the spider species. After all, most of us know a black widow spider when we see one. With their smaller head and what seems an over-sized abdomen, bulking long black legs and a shiny black body with that distinct red hourglass marking on their underside, when people hear the word spider, that’s the typical image they see. The Southern black widow spider is considered a medium size spider and depending on where you’re from, the female can reach up to ½ inch in length. That does not include their legs. The males reach about ¼ of an inch in length not include their legs.
Venomous Bite of the Southern Black Widow Spider
Many see the Southern black widow spider as a threat and because of their venomous bite, they are an unwanted pest. While their bite is very dangerous and you should seek medical help if bitten, fortunately, the Southern black widow spider only bites if they feel threatened. They will spin their web on the outside of a hole or dark areas where they can hide during the day and come out at night to feed. Often Southern black widow spiders will hide in shoes or other dark areas inside or around homes. Once people have disturbed the location, they can get bitten quite easily. The elderly, children and infirm should definitely be rushed to the hospital as the venom can be more fatal in those cases. You should never take their bites lightly.
Southern Black Widow Spider Prevention
It helps to seal up cracks around your home and yard and maintain a clean and clutter free yard. You can also prevent a ready food source for the Southern black widow spider. They will eat any insect that gets caught in their webs. They especially like cockroaches, moths and flies. Additionally you can spray pesticides and insecticides around your home but this can be dangerous when you don’t know what you are doing.
Spider Extermination & Professional Pest Management
After you have contacted a professional pest control company and we have come out to perform our services; tell us about all the pests you’ve noted. If applicable, tell us you also have a black widow problem and where you have seen them the most. This helps us know what types of spray and control methods to use around your home. Pest Control Technicians, Inc wants to help safeguard you and your home from harmful pests such as the Southern black widow spider, or any other pest that intrudes on your home. If you have a pest problem and want a clean pest free environment, contact Pest Control Technicians, Inc today and we will help make your home or business pest free.