How To Identify And Get Rid Of Black Widow Spiders On Your Kittitas County Property

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Black Widow Spider crawling on a paper towel.

Many types of spiders make their way into Kittitas County homes. Most are a nuisance, while others can endanger your family and pets. Black widow spiders fall into the latter category because their venom can harm people and small animals.

This article will review how to identify black widow spiders and the areas of your home where Kittitas County pest control companies typically find them. Please keep reading to learn more about these spiders, their dangerous bites, and the safest way to remove them from your home with Prosite.

How To Identify A Black Widow Spider

The best way to protect yourself from a black widow bite is to learn how to identify them. Black widows have jet-black, shiny bodies that measure about an inch and a half long. Their abdomen is round, like a globe, and features a red hourglass shape on the underside.

You are more likely to spot the signs of a black widow than see that actual spider. These solitary spiders build messy, irregular webs close to the ground, and you may spot silken sacs filled with eggs in doorways. If you see any signs of this spider or are unsure what type of spiders you have, the safest way to remove them is to contact Prosite.

Black Widow Spider Bites Can Lead To Serious Medical Problems

We consider black widows in Kittitas County dangerous spiders because their bites inject neuro-toxic venom that can lead to serious medical problems.

Here are some of the symptoms that may occur following a bite from a black widow:

  • Pain near the bite location
  • Muscles aches
  • Fever
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Sweating
  • Nausea

Black widow bites are usually not fatal if you seek prompt medical treatment. Small children, people with underlying health conditions, and pets are more likely to have complications. Never try to remove venomous spiders, such as black widows, from your home without professional assistance from a pest control company like Prosite.

Where You Might Find Black Widow Spiders On Your Property

Most black widow spiders found in homes and on properties get there while searching for food and shelter. Insect infestations and secure areas to build webs provide for most of their needs. The following list details the parts of your property that are most likely to attract black widows:

  • Cluttered storage areas like basements and garages provide places to hide.
  • Piles of firewood on your property can provide shelter.
  • Outbuildings like sheds, barns, and henhouses may attract black widows.
  • These spiders may hide outdoors under stones, decks, or inside hollow tree stumps.
  • In the summer, they may be under garden plants, shrubs, or near porch lights.

Black widows prefer dark, dry locations to spin their webs. Areas with clutter offer plenty of hiding spots and attract insects that these spiders eat. We recommend that you exercise caution when accessing storage areas that may contain hidden spiders.

Black widows are not very aggressive spiders, but they will bite to defend themselves or their eggs. Never attempt to remove black widows from your Kittitas County home because they will sense the threat and will be more likely to bite. Contact the pros at Prosite for help safely removing these spiders from your property.

The Safe And Effective Way To Get Rid Of Black Widow Spiders

The best way to get rid of spiders, especially dangerous ones, is to work with a professional company that understands how to remove them safely. Prosite offers services to remove venomous spiders from your property and will help you keep them from coming back. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Kittitas County.