A black widow is one of the most dangerous spiders living in the United States. The venom it releases when it stings can cause severe muscle pain, breathing problems, and nausea. A bite may even cause death if medical treatment is not sought out. Because they are so dangerous, you want to do all you can to prevent them from infesting your home or the area near your home. Knowing what these pests look like can help you determine if you may have a black widow infestation.
The Identifying Features of a Black Widow
Black widows are most often characterized by their dark black color with bright red hourglass shape on their abdomen. However, not every black widow is red and black. Some can be brown with an orange hourglass shape on their abdomen. It is also important to note that young black widows may not always be dark in color. They can be a light brown color, orange or even white. They still have the noticeable shape of two triangles connecting to make an hourglass though.
Black Widow Habits
Black widows spin irregular looking webs that are close to the ground. These webs are often in secluded areas that do not receive a lot of foot traffic. If you see webs low to the ground that do not look like a traditional neat spider web, you may be dealing with a black widow's nest.
Where a Black Widow Prefers to Live
Black widow spiders do not like to be bothered. As such, they tend to find protected areas to build their web and create nests in. These are likely to be either dense or cluttered areas, with little foot traffic. This allows them to hide and live their life unbothered.
How to Prevent Black Widow Infestations
Since these pests can be so dangerous, you want to take action to help prevent black widow infestations. One of the best ways you can prevent an infestation is to seal all outdoor points of entry into your home. This is not only important to keep black widows out, but also to keep out other pests, including ants and cockroaches. Another tip is to keep your home clear of debris and clutter. You do not want to give black widows a place to hide. Lastly, black widows like to eat pests that they can catch in their low-hanging webs, such as ants, cockroaches and beetles. Having your home treated for all of these pests takes away the black widows food source, which may deter them from making your home their home.
A black widow is not a pest that you want hanging around near your home. If you see webs close to the ground or have seen a black widow, you will want to get your home treated or sprayed. This helps to get rid of one or more black widows that may be living in your home. At Perfection Pest, we want to help you keep all types of pests out of your home, including black widows. Contact us today to schedule your service.black widows, pests, spiders