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How To Identify And Get Rid Of Black Widow Spiders In Your Boise Home

September 15, 2022 - Spiders

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Most spiders you find around your Boise property are likely to be a harmless nuisance, but black widow spiders are the exception. These spiders have a venom 15 times more potent than a rattlesnake bite, and their bites can range from dangerous to fatal. If you have spiders on your property, it is essential to recognize black widow spiders and the symptoms of their bites and know how to safely remove them from your property with pest control in Boise.

How To Tell If The Spider In Your Home Is A Black Widow

Luckily, black widow spiders have some easily identifiable markings. They have black bulbous bodies with a characteristic red hourglass shape on the underside of their abdomen. Most grow to be just over half an inch long, with females growing about twice as large as males. 

Black widow spiders are most active in temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They spin their irregular webs near ground level during the night and then hang upsidedown from their webs while they await their prey. You are most apt to find black widow spider webs in dry and dark locations where they are unlikely to be disturbed. 

The Symptoms Of A Black Widow Spider's Bite

If a black widow spider bites you, it is important to seek prompt medical attention. Symptoms of a black widow bite include sweating and nausea, a fever, and increased blood pressure. Pain from these bites is immediate and peaks between one and three hours after the bite before subsiding. Other symptoms include stiffness, muscle cramps, and chills.

The Safest Way To Remove Black Widow Spiders From Your Home

Black widows are a dangerous spider species that often hide in cluttered areas. The safest way to approach black widow spiders is with the help of a professional pest control technician. At Nature Shield Pest & Lawn, we can keep spiders away from your home. We will also work with you to reduce spider prey insects which will further aid in spider prevention. Our residential pest control program will protect you from spiders and the insects they are after all year round. 

Five Naturally Effective Tips To Prevent Future Spider Problems

Of course, even better than safely removing black widow spiders is to deter them in the first place. You can prevent black widows and other spiders by using the following tips:

  1. Reduce spider prey. Unlike other pests, spiders do not enter our homes in search of our leftovers or protection from outside elements. Instead, spiders are most likely to enter homes with existing pest issues because extra insects in your house are a free meal for spiders. To reduce the chances of luring spiders inside your home, make sure that you are taking care of any underlying pest issues. 
  2. Limit access points. To reduce the number of spiders (and their pest prey) that make their way into your home, it is important to seal any gaps or cracks in your exterior walls and foundation. You'll also want to use weather stripping around doors and windows and install door sweeps on exterior doors. 
  3. Reduce excess water. All pests will be drawn to homes with excess water. Fixing leaks and ensuring drainage is working properly can help to mitigate this attraction. 
  4. Declutter your home and lawn. Spiders – especially shy spiders like black widows – hide in cluttered, undisturbed areas. Clean up your yard and interior spaces to ensure you are not providing them a perfect place to hide. 
  5. Move your firewood. Black widows are especially likely to nest in firewood piles. To minimize the chances you will accidentally carry one in on your firewood, you should place these piles at least 20 feet from your home. 

If you can prevent spiders from settling on your property, you will eliminate the risk of a black widow bite. However, if you are struggling to control a spider infestation, the best thing you can do is to call the experts at Nature Shield Pest & Lawn for help.