The Black Widow Spider has a reputation for being one of the most venomous spiders in the world due to their large venom glands. The female is unmistakable with the red hourglass marking on her shiny abdomen. Her male counterpart is roughly ½ the size and often gets mistaken for other spiders because they are brown in color rather than black.
Black Widow Spider Web Design
Treat any spider that has a red marking with caution as it may be a black widow. You don’t want to get bitten by one. The web of a black widow spider is used for survival, food and to house egg sacs. Their silk is very strong and comparable to steel wire. Black widow spiders will hang upside down and wait for their next meal. Their eyesight is bad, so they use vibrations to let them know if a meal gets trapped in their web and they will eat just about any insect that comes along. Black widows inject venom to kill prey. After the prey is liquefied, in a sense, they will suck up the fluid. Outside, black widows and webs can be found under wood piles and stones, any area that is dark and secluded and small holes and crevices near foundations. Inside they can be found in cluttered areas and in basements, garages and closets.
Black Widow Spider Mating Facts
Black widow spiders mate in the spring and early summer. Egg sacs are tan, white or gray in color and are globular or pear-shaped. The texture of them is like paper and they are globular or pear-shaped. These egg sacs can house hundreds of eggs. These spiders are nocturnal and shy but will become aggressive if they feel threatened.
Black Widow Spider Bite
When a black widow spider bites, it’s almost always a female as males rarely bite. When a person is bitten by a black widow they might not know it because it might feel like a pinprick. After about 30 minutes, the area will become swollen and will hurt. Some people will experience nausea, abdominal and muscle pain, sweating, hypertension and breathing difficulties. These symptoms can last from eight hours to a few days. Death is rare and there is an antivenom that can prevent these negative effects. Seek medical attention if you suspect you’ve been bitten by a black widow spider. Until you can get medical help, wash the area with soap and water, apply an ice pack and elevate the area so the venom won’t spread. If you can safely catch the spider you can bring it in for identification. Kill but don’t squish it, otherwise no on will be able to tell what it is.
Spider Inspections, Control & Removal in San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside & San Diego Counties, California
To avoid getting bitten by a black widow spider, be careful in areas that black widows might be hiding. If you need to work around these areas, wear gloves for protection. Shake out items that have been stored in attics, basements and closets for long periods of time. Prevent spiders from coming into your home and call Animal Pest Control Services, Inc. if you suspect you’re dealing with black widows or other pests.