So you think you’ve come across a black widow spider in your home or yard, what's next? Finding what you believe to be a black widow on your property is certainly unpleasant. It is important to be certain what you’re dealing with so you can pass that information on to a local pest control provider such as ProForce Pest Control. Black widows are harmful spiders that cause problems for homeowners, which means learning how to properly identify black widow spiders is incredibly useful.
Black Widow Spider Identification
Thankfully, black widow spiders are one of the most recognizable spiders. You can identify a black widow spider by seeing a bright red hourglass marking on the underside of its abdomen. However, this is not the case for every black widow spider. The hourglass shape might be anywhere from a yellow/orange color to bright red, while the “hourglass” may only be a small dot, in some cases. An adult female black widow spider is the one you must worry about since males cannot bite humans. Most female black widow spiders are only about ½ an inch in length and are normally a glossy black in color.
How much of a problem are black widow spiders?
Most species of spiders cause problems for homeowners by creating unsightly webs in corners, cabinets, and high bookshelves, making them only a nuisance pest. Bites from common home-invading spiders usually aren’t serious and only cause some mild discomfort and soreness, however, when any spider infestation gets large, homeowners begin running into these problems much more frequently. If black widows have infested your property, they can cause many of the same issues that other spiders cause. But a bite from a black widow is much more dangerous. The venom black widows produce can be extremely harmful to humans. Some symptoms of a black widow bite include:
- Excessive sweating
- Rashes around the area of the bite
- Muscle stiffness
- Weakness in limbs
- Severe abdominal pain
If you have been bitten by a black widow, or have experienced any of these symptoms after being bitten by a spider, it is important to contact a medical professional right away. These spiders are dangerous, which means you should never try to remove them from your property without the help of a professional pest technician.
Professional spider removal and control services from ProForce Pest Control are your best bet when it comes to keeping your property spider-free. We have the necessary tools, experience, and skills to ensure we handle your spider problem quickly and efficiently. Black widow spiders are harmful to homes and families, so don’t risk getting bitten this year. Contact ProForce Pest Control today to learn more about how we can help!