These spiders can be found inside and outside of homes throughout the panhandle and other areas of the country. The female spider has the most obvious markings associated with this spider. The unpleasant bite from the female is usually more intense than that of the male and is seldom fatal.
Black widows are easy to identify because most are shiny and black and they have a red hourglass shape on the underside of their abdomen. Some females can be brownish-black in color. Females are larger than males and the young are typically orange and white with some red marks on the underside of the abdomen, like males.
Dry and dark areas are the most common places to find black widows. During the winter, they will seek out warmer areas. Outdoor areas where you may find webs include woodpiles, hidden areas, sheds, barns, outhouses, and kids toys and swing sets that
are seldom used. Indoors, black widow spiders are most often found in crawl spaces, attics, basements, and garages where items are cluttered, which provides protection and easier prey.
Exterior service and or yard spraying is another option for getting rid of venomous spiders. This service is normally used for flea and tick control, but sometimes it is also used for roaches, crickets, and spider control. The circumstances vary and we will be glad to visit with you to determine what is needed.
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