When it comes to black widow spiders you can usually put people into two different categories. The first category is those people who are deathly afraid of black widow spiders and every other spider out there; the second category of people being those who question whether or not black widow spiders are really as dangerous as everyone says. The professionals at Innovative Pest Control are here to debunk the myths about black widow spiders and provide you with some accurate facts about these venomous eight-legged pests, including how to protect yourself from being bitten by one.
Are black widow spiders dangerous?
The answer to this question is yes; black widow spiders are a dangerous species of spider and people should definitely avoid coming into contact with them. In fact, the female black widow spider is considered to be the most venomous spider found living in North America. It is also important to know that these spiders produce dangerous venom that is strong enough to take down much larger prey. Black widow spiders typically feed on larger insects like grasshoppers, beetles, caterpillars, other spiders, and sometimes even small rodents and lizards.
Black Widow Prevention
When it comes to black widow spiders it is really important to take the necessary precautions needed to avoid coming into contact with them. Black widow spiders aren’t naturally aggressive towards people, they are actually most likely more afraid of you than you are of them, and will do everything they can to stay hidden and out of your way. People are most commonly bitten by black widow spiders when they come into accidental contact with them, this startles the spider and causes them to defend themselves by biting.
To help avoid coming into contact with a black widow spider we want to offer some easy to following prevention tips:
- Keep black widow spiders out of your home by eliminating any entrance points. Seal cracks in the foundation, make sure that weather stripping around windows and doors is intact, make sure that door and window screens are intact, and seal any openings found around utilities that are entering into your home.
- Reduce areas in your home that a black widow spider could hide in by limiting clutter, especially in basements, attics, and closets.
- Before slipping into your bed after a long day, first pull back the sheets and comforter, inspecting for black widow spiders.
- Before putting on clothing or shoes, shake them out to dislodge any hiding spiders.
- Wear work gloves when working outside in garden areas, when moving around outdoor furniture, and when working in the garage or shed.
- Keep woodpiles a distance (20 feet) away from your home and keep them up off of the ground.
- Remove piles of leaves, fallen limbs, and other debris that black widow spiders can hide in from your yard.
Along with the above information, it is also important to note that black widow spider bites are typically not fatal to people, especially if immediate medical attention is sought. Typically, if a bite is going to prove fatal it is because the person is very young, very old, or already experiencing medical problems; even then, death is fairly rare.
Professional Spider Control For Your Home
When it comes to preventing and controlling black widow spiders the internet is full of DIY solutions, but why risk using what is most likely going to be an unsuccessful solution to keeping these venomous spiders at bay? Instead, contact Innovative Pest Control to learn more about our professional control solutions. We can provide the protection needed to keep black widow spider out of your home and away from your family and pets through our year-round pest control plans. To learn more about putting into place a continuous plan of protection against venomous black widow spiders, get in touch with us today.