Kittitas County's Complete Guide To Black Widow Spiders

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Black Widow Spider in its web.

No one likes a pest infestation no matter what kind of pest has found their way inside. However, spiders rank near the top of that list. While many spiders are actually harmless, there is one that is anything but harmless. The black widow spider is one of the most notorious spiders in the United States for good reason. They have a shiny, black body with a red hourglass-shaped mark on their abdomens. More importantly, they are known to be quite venomous, which only reinforces how scary spiders can seem to people.

Black widows prefer temperatures in the 70's or higher, which is why you'll often find them in the warmer parts of the building. In addition to warmth, this spider also favors areas that are dry and dark, so they can spin their webs. If the area is packed with clutter as well, then you can count on finding spiders at that location, if an infestation has occurred.

Breaking Down The Threat Level

Part of what makes this spider so feared is the venom they produce. While males aren't inclined to bite, the female of the species is certainly inclined to pick up the slack. However, it's important to ensure we understand the effects of a black widow spider bite.

A black widow's bite is known to produce muscle aches, nausea, and diaphragm paralysis, which complicate breathing in people. Additionally, some people have been known to suffer fever, increased blood pressure, and pain. Despite the scary symptoms, there is very rarely any serious damage, let alone death. However, their bite can be fatal in specific situations. Those most at risk for fatality are small children, elderly people, immune-compromised, and those allergic to the spider's bite.

Since the bite can be potentially fatal, immediate medical attention is always the recommended course of action. If you're unsure it's a black widow bite, the bite site will produce severe pain, swelling, and redness.

Keeping Black Widow Spiders Out

Prevention is always better than reaction. Handling a black widow infestation is no different in this matter. For this reason, we have gathered some helpful tips to ensure you are protected from a black widow infestation as much as possible.

The most effective tips are:

  • Reduce the clutter: They love to hide where there's clutter. If you take away their hiding spot, they won't stick around nearly as much.
  • Proper firewood storage: If you have wood piles for your fireplace, then be sure to store the wood at least 20 feet from the home on a raised structure.
  • Check for other pests: Spiders prey on other pests like insects. If you notice other pests on the premises, then you possibly may have black widows.
  • Professional pest control: The best way to prevent spiders is to practice proactive pest control with a qualified pest control company. By doing so, you control the spider population as well as the other pests looking to invade your home.

Black Widow Removal With Prosite

A spider bite can be a serious matter when you’re dealing with a black widow. At Prosite, we believe everyone should feel safe and secure in his or her own home. That's why we offer a range of home pest control plans carefully designed to deliver superior proactive and preventative solutions to rid your property of spiders and other pests, so you have peace of mind now and in the future.