October 25, 2021

Montgomery’s Black Widow Spider: Should You Be Concerned?

With fall fast approaching, you may have noticed more spiders than usual in and around your Montgomery home. Spider webs seemingly appear overnight in your basement, and it seems every time you turn around, you’re having to squash another eight-legged creature. While most of these webmasters are fairly harmless, the black widow spider is not a spider you want spinning webs in your home.

Black widow spiders got their name mainly because the female spider sometimes eats her male after mating. Female black widows are black with an hourglass-shaped red marking on their bellies. The females are generally larger than the males with round bodies that range between 3 and 10 millimeters long. They have eight legs and eight eyes. The male spiders are smaller and tend to have more of a brown appearance. Black widow spiders prefer a dark, dry location where they can hide unnoticed without being disturbed.

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How Dangerous Are Black Widow Spiders?

Black widow spiders are one of the most dangerous spiders found in the United States, and they live right here in Montgomery. Male black widow spiders rarely bite, but a female is more likely to bite if she feels threatened, especially after laying her eggs. A black widow’s venom is said to be fifteen times stronger than that of a rattlesnake. Though rare, a black widow spider bite can even be fatal.

If you are bit by a black widow spider, it may not feel anything more than a pinprick at first. As the venom spreads, the skin may become red and swollen. Over the course of the day, you may experience intense pain and stiffness. Other symptoms caused by a black widow spider bite are:

  • Muscle pain

  • Chills

  • Fever

  • Sweating

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Severe stomach pain

  • Increased blood pressure

If you think that a black widow spider has bitten you or someone you love, it is always best to seek medical attention.

Is Your Montgomery Home A Black Widow Magnet?

The best way to keep black widow spiders away from your home is to educate yourself about their habits. What do they eat, and where do they like to hide out? Is there anything you can do to deter these dangerous spiders from making your house their home? Black widow spiders use their webs to catch their food, mainly cockroaches, ants, beetles, and scorpions. If you notice any of these critters around your home, it’s a good idea to get rid of them so as not to attract black widows as well.

Some common places for black widow spiders to hang out around your property include:

  • Firewood piles

  • Under stones

  • In barns, garages, sheds, and outhouses

  • Basements and crawl spaces

Knowing that black widow spiders are drawn to these sorts of environments, you can take some necessary precautions. Keep firewood piles stacked well away from your home. Do not stick your hands anywhere where you cannot see. Wear gloves when doing yard work or cleaning your basement. Shake out your shoes before putting them on. Keep clutter picked up in basements and garages.

How To Rid Your Montgomery Home Of Black Widow Spiders Safely & Efficiently

A telltale sign that you have a spider infestation is the sudden appearance of spider webs in your home. Given the extreme toxicity of a black widow spider bite, we strongly advise calling home pest control professionals for help if you suspect you may have a black widow spider problem. At Bill Clark Pest Control, we have over 64 years of experience in pest control for Montgomery. Call us today, and don’t waste another second worrying about black widow spiders in your home.


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