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Black Widow Spider

Latrodectus mactans

Black Widow Spider

Black widow spiders, Latrodectus mactans,  got their household name from the common misconception that the female eats her male counterpart after mating. However, the prevalence of the balck widow is no wives tale. The black widow has been found across the globe, and the United States houses five individual species. Their biggest “give away” is the bright red hourglass on the bottom of their abdomen. Their bright red hourglass serves as a warning to potential predators, as their venom is fifteen times stronger than that of a rattlesnake. While their mortality rates are low the venom of a black widow can cause difficulty breathing, nausea, and muscle aches in humans. 

The easiest method to determine if you are facing a black widow infestation, is the presence of webs on your property. Unlike most spiders, Black widow’s typically build sloppy, irregular webs closer to the ground. Any discoveries of egg sacs around doorways are another surefire sign you may have a spider infestation.

Do not try and remove these webs on your own as you can be seriously injured by black widow venom. In addition, we do not recommend tampering with any egg sacs as you can potentially multiply your spider infestation in a matter of seconds. The best practice is to contact a professional pest control company to safely and effectively remove your spider infestation.