Are All Black Widow Spiders Dangerous? Separating Fact from Fiction.

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While spiders are a natural way to rid your home of pests, few people like to see a spider in their home. Not only are they scary looking for some, but certain species, such as black widows, are poisonous. Getting a pest control expert in to rid you of spiders can be beneficial – especially if you find these pests frequently.

Do black widow spiders pose a threat to humans?

Well knows for keeping other pests at bay, some spiders can be harmful to humans. Finding one of these arachnids is likely not a significant cause for concern. Finding an infestation is another matter. Luckily, only a couple of types of species are harmful to humans. If you find more than one of these pests, however, it is time to call in an expert to find out why and get rid of them fast.

While you may have heard growing up, you are much bigger than the spider. And, luckily, some of the horror stories are more a thing to frighten young children. However, yes, the black widow spider is cause for concern. While a black widow rarely bites, and the bites are even less often fatal. That being said, their bite can still prove to be both uncomfortable and cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including nausea and muscle spasms. When the muscle spasms affect the diaphragm, the bite can be fatal. Being bit by this pest is more a cause for concern with young children and older adults. Therefore, if your household has young children or older adults, it is even more crucial to contact a professional pest control expert at the first sign of infestation.

Black widow spiders—the facts.

Black widow spiders can strike fear into even the bravest of humans. This arachnid is not only creepy but one of the most poisonous as well. The bite of a black widow can be up to ten times as venomous as a rattlesnake. A bite can be a cause for concern. If you know you have been bitten by a female black widow, medical attention should be sought. But what about male and baby spiders? Luckily, as these are harder to identify, their bites rarely cause symptoms due to the smaller venom sacks. So, these are less of a cause to worry. All black widows are carnivorous, even babies.

What are the symptoms of a black widow bite?

Generally, the bite itself feels like a pinprick to most. However, this pain can quickly spread to other parts of the body — most notably the back and the abdomen. In most, the bite causes pain, nausea, profuse sweating, and even difficulty breathing. Medical attention should be sought if bitten.

How do I know if the spider I found is a black widow?

Identifying a female black widow tends to be rather easy. Most know that telltale sign you were taught as a child. This spider is one of the larger of the species. Females can grow up to one and a half inches. Usually, their skin is shiny. The red hourglass shape on its belly is a telltale sign. Sometimes this marking is an orangish-yellow. Not all species are black. Some can be brown, or even red. Males and babies are more difficult to identify, but, as mentioned above, they rarely cause symptoms.

Where do black widows live?

Black widows tend to be found in more temperate climates such as the climate found in Texas. While usually found in the dark, dry places such as barns and garages, occasionally they can wander into homes.

Black widow habits

Black widows rarely bite humans unless disturbed. Yes, some black widow spiders really do eat their mates, as the name suggests. However, this is rarer than believed, and usually only happens if the male remains on the web after mating. Female black widows can live up to 3 years. And reproduction can produce hundreds of baby spiders that might take up residence in your home.

Conclusion—if you find more than one black window, a visit from your pest control specialist is in order.

While the bite is rarely fatal, the fact that it can be should prompt a visit to the doctor, and likely from your local pest control company. The proliferation of this creepy crawlies can make for an infestation quickly. Call Bug You Not pest Control at 972-835-4296 to keep from getting bit by this destructive pest. Remember, if they bug you, call and bug us.

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