How Much Do You Really Know About Black Widow Spiders In Riverside?

October 15, 2020

Black widow spiders are probably the most infamous spider species ever or at least one of the most feared in the United States. While most spiders in Riverside aren't dangerous, the black widow spider is one of two exceptions. All spiders have fangs and venom that they use to incapacitate prey, but only the black widow and the brown recluse have potent enough venom to be considered medically significant to people.

a black widow in a web outside a home

General Information About Black Widow Spiders

The black widow spider is easier to identify than many other spider species given their jet black coloring and the red hourglass marking they have on their underbellies. They also have a rather round and bulbous looking body.
Given that black widows are a dangerous spider, many homeowners are scared of them getting inside. Luckily, black widows usually live outdoors, but they do occasionally venture inside. They are attracted to dark, cluttered areas such as garages, basement, window sills, and closets. While outdoors they often rest in firewood, holes, and under rubble. The black widow is nocturnal and spends daytime hours hiding and comes out at night to hunt.

The Truth About Black Widow Spider Bites

Black widow bites aren’t very common. While this is a relief, it’s important to remember that bites do occur and that the venom from a black widow spider can be very dangerous. Side effects from the venom include muscle cramps, headaches, nausea, difficulty breathing, and more. Because of these serious symptoms, you should always seek medical attention right away if you suspect you’ve been bitten.
The bite mark itself varies depending on the individual, but most people notice a sharp pain when they are bitten. Most of the time, the bite will look like two small fang marks and is usually accompanied by redness and swelling. It’s always best to err on the side of caution and get a bite checked out if you are unsure whether or not it is a black widow bite.

Effective Ways To Prevent Black Widow Spiders

Understanding black widow spider behavior is the key to preventing them. The reason why these spiders come onto a Riverside property is to hunt their prey, so having other insect pest problems can attract black widows as well as other spiders. You should focus on taking steps to deter both black widows and their smaller pest prey to have the highest chances of success.

Here are a few of the simplest ways to keep black widows away from your home or business:

  • One specific black widow prevention tip is to store firewood at least 30 feet away from the exterior of any building as this is a common hiding spot for them.
  • Get rid of clutter both inside and outside as black widows prefer places where they have many hiding spots.
  • To deter other insects, keep kitchen areas cleaned which includes cleaning up food and drink spills immediately and taking out the trash often.
  • Fix any broken screens in doors and windows to help keep spiders and other pests out.
  • Keep bushes, trees, and shrubs trimmed so they don’t touch the walls of your home or business.

What Should You Do If You See A Black Widow?

If you see a black widow spider around your Riverside property, the safest way to remove it is through help from the experts at MadCo Pest-A-Side. While bites from a black widow are rare, they can still happen, and you’re more likely to be bitten when trying to remove the spider. Instead of putting yourself at risk, let our pest professionals take over. We provide ongoing assistance to prevent black widows and other common spiders in the area, and we offer residential, commercial, and industrial pest control.

Call us today at 951-259-8243 to get started or to learn more about our spider control services.

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