Summer is halfway over, and we’ve all been as productive as possible in the heat. Unfortunately, the summer makes many Texas pests active and ready to infest. Black widow spiders have been busy in the spring and early summer to make fully-fledged, poisonous adults. The Richardson pest control specialists at Bug Head Pest Control want you to keep yourselves safe when it comes to these notorious monsters.
How To Identify Black Widow Spiders In Richardson
The black widow is the most infamous of dangerous spiders, attributable to their reputed lethality and natural red insignia. There are a lot of black spiders in Texas, but there are certain distinguishing traits to look for when identifying black widows. They have:
- A red hourglass-shaped marking
- A shiny black color
- Approximately 1/2 inch in size
- Bulbous body
- Long spiny legs
- A tangled, oddly-shaped web found in furtive, shaded locations
These spiders like to live in dark spots, like in firewood piles, basements, attics, or garages. If you’re searching for them, be careful not to get too close.
The Dangers Of Black Widows On Your Property
Black widows have a reputation for being killers. Their bites are extremely venomous, but there are fewer than eight fatal cases in the U.S. a year, with about 2,500 reported bites. While this might seem encouraging, the venom is not something to write off. Bites can cause severe pain, chills, stomach pain, shock, and high blood pressure.
Dangers of black widows include:
- Powerful venom
- Propensity to hide in places you won’t suspect
- Their ability to lay up to 1,000 eggs
They are one of the many types of spiders that come out at night, which can make them hard to spot. If black widows choose your property for a spring mating season, you may have a lot hiding in the darker corners. Though not all the 1,000 babies will survive initial larger predators, many will set up their own webs and grow to adulthood.
If you’re scared of spiders, you’ll be happy to know black widows are shy and choose to flee from people when they can. But if you stuff your foot into a shoe where one is hiding, or slip into bed where one is beneath the sheets, they will instinctively bite. If there are black widows around the house, check before you go into tight spaces, and seek medical attention immediately if you've been bitten.
The Safest Way To Get Rid Of Black Widow Spiders
Black widows are among the most dangerous spiders in Texas. Dealing with them is both preventive and reactive. You’ll want to stop them from hiding and also kill the ones already in hiding. To control black widows:
- Remove any unnecessary debris or firewood while wearing protective gloves.
- Get rid of clutter, especially in dark places.
- Illuminate and vacuum corners often.
- Trim any vegetation like weeds or grass near the house exterior to discourage insects and spiders from living there.
- Seal any openings and put in screens or screen doors.
At Bug Head Pest Control, we want you to be safe if you’re handling any spider problem on your own. Always wear gloves when dealing with any gardening, removal of debris, or when seeking them out. Vacuuming gets rid of the eggs and adults if you use a sealable bag, so vacuum often, especially in darker places. If you suspect you have black widows on your property, call for professional assistance.
How To Keep Black Widow Spiders Away From Your Property
You’ll probably want to keep these poisonous menaces from your property for good. Bear in mind a few tips to secure a safer environment:
- Black widows tend to mate in spring and early summer, so be more aware during this season to prevent population booms.
- Moisture and insects in the house will invite them to set up their webs, so remove both.
- They like to hide, so lessen the clutter and get rid of debris in the yard.
- Vacuum as often as possible.
- Make sure the house is sealed around windows and doors and with screens. Also check the garage door, patio or deck, basements, and attics.
Home defense for spiders like the black widow won’t always be easy. At Bug Head Pest Control, we pride ourselves on swift, effective, and convenient pest control treatments. That’s why our customers in Richardson trust us to keep them and their families safe from pests. If a black widow infestation seems like too much to handle on your own, contact us immediately.