December 30, 2020
Conroe's Complete Guide To Effective Black Widow Control
Often framed as a villain of mythical proportions, black widow spiders have a widely known reputation as one of the most dangerous spiders in the world. In the United States, the black widow is one of two spiders that are capable of transferring their venom to human beings. Although pop culture tends to vilify them rather unreasonably, these are still not something you want hanging around your property. However, while understanding the facts about black widow spiders may be fairly simple, keeping them off of your Conroe property (and out of your house) is much more difficult.
Black Widow Habitats
No bigger than the size of a nickel, black widow spiders are not the largest spiders by any means. They are easily recognizable by a bulbous black abdomen with the red hourglass marking. These markings are typically on females, and those are the only ones you need to watch out for. You see, only the female black widows bite are dangerous to people. (And yes, it’s true. The females do, on occasion, eat the males after mating).
Since they’re small, they can fit into tiny openings and hiding places around your home and property, which is their preferred method of hunting. They seek sheltered areas where they can lay in wait for their next meal to come crawling into their webs that they typically place low to the ground. Their webs are a jumbled mess, but you won’t see them in any high traffic areas of your home. Instead, they’ll be placed in areas of low human activity like basements, attics, and under decks to increase the chances of catching other insects, which are their favorite food source.
Black widows will rarely enter your home on purpose. If they do, it’s because they believe they’ll have a great chance of catching lots of insects in your house. Even when they are in your house, they’ll steer clear of human interaction unless the females fear that their egg sacs are being threatened. That’s why you should use caution when walking around low-traffic areas and reaching your hand into potential black widow hideouts.
What Does A Bite Really Do?
Black widow bites have not killed a human in the United States in over a decade. However, that is because people seek medical help when their symptoms from a bite are severe. With antivenom, you can recover from a black widow bite quickly. So, you’ll need to recognize a black widow bite as soon as you can.
When you’re first bitten, you’ll feel a sharp pain followed by intense swelling. As it stiffens, you’ll be able to see white puss develop on top in severe cases. If you do not seek medical attention immediately, you run the risk of nausea, dizziness, muscle cramping, fever, and intense fatigue. Lack of treatment as symptoms intensify can often result in death.
The Best Way To Keep Them Out
If black widows don’t think your house will be a successful hunting ground, then they won’t bother entering. That’s why the following pest prevention strategies will be your most successful means of avoiding a black widow infestation.
- Moisture control in the form or dehumidifiers and monitoring pipes for leaks
- Regular cleaning habits
- Weather-stripping on exterior doors
- Fixing cracks in the foundation and caulking around window sills
- Monitor your screens for larger holes and tears
- Proper food and trash storage techniques
Although simple, these really are the best ways to reduce pests in your home. And keeping pests out lowers the risk of black widows moving in. However, mother nature often has its own plan. The only guaranteed method of keeping pests, and ensuing black widow infestations, out of your house is to trust the professionals. Contact Bill Clark Pest Control for more advice or assistance today.
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