Black Widow Spider
Black widow spiders have shiny black bodies and are recognizable by the red hourglass shape on their large abdomen. They range from 1 ½” to 1 ⅜” in length, with 6 legs. They can be poisonous to consume during their first 1 to 17 days of life, but we’re more concerned with their bites.
Black widow spiders thrive in warmer weather, and are most active at temperatures of 70°F or higher. They’re found in protected areas outside, such as underneath rocks, in firewood piles, or in the corners of storage areas, under tarps, and around the edges of barns and sheds. Black widow bites are dangerous, causing nausea, fever, sweating, and high blood pressure. A black widow bite requires immediate medical attention. To keep yourself safe from black widow bites, keep outdoor storage areas tidy, and wear gloves before you move objects that have been stored for a while. If you think you have a black widow problem, contact a professional.