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Are Black Widow Spiders In Richmond Dangerous?

October 15, 2021 - Spiders

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Most people have heard of black widow spiders. However, many do not fully understand the threat these pests pose. Do you know what risks these pests bring or how they find their way into Richmond residences? If not, you are in the right place. Here is why black widows are dangerous and everything you should know to effectively identify, eliminate, and prevent these pests.

Identifying Black Widows

The one benefit of black widow spiders is that they are easy to identify. Not only are these pests large, growing to be upwards of 1 ½ to 1 ⅜” long, but they are also jet black which makes them stand out against most surfaces. If this isn’t enough, they also have a distinct red marking on the underside of their bulbous abdomen.

Another way to identify black widow spiders is by their nests and eggs. These pests build irregular-shaped webs near ground level. Egg sacs, woven inside a ball of silk, are found on the sides of door frames and along trim.

Why Black Widows Invade Homes

Black widow spiders are among the less common home-invading spiders in our area. That said, these pests will come indoors from time to time. Things that might push these pests to invade your living areas include a lack of food outdoors, inclement weather, or natural predators. If you didn’t know, black widow spiders eat other pests like flies, beetles, and cockroaches. If your home has an influx of these types of creatures, then black widows will stick around if they find their way indoors.

The Danger Of Black Widows

Black widows are one of two dangerous spiders that reside in our area. This pest’s bite is host to a potent venom that allows them to fend off prey much larger than themselves. If you are ever bitten by a black widow, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Stiffening muscles around the area of the bite
  • Intense nausea or vomiting
  • Trouble breathing
  • Severe cramping and pain in your abdominal region
  • A rash around the affected area
  • An itching sensation lasting for several days
  • Weakness and tremors
  • Headache
  • Stupor, shock, or restlessness

For individuals with preexisting medical conditions, black widow bites may cause other symptoms. If you are bitten, do not hesitate to seek medical attention to minimize pain and symptoms.

Prevention Tips For Black Widows

Now that you better understand black widows, let’s talk a bit about how to keep these pests out of your living areas. To start, try these helpful prevention tips:

  • Seal off gaps, holes, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation using a caulking gun.
  • Make sure your home’s weatherstripping, door sweeps, and window/door screens are in good condition.
  • Keep unscreened windows/doors closed when they are not in use.
  • Use a long broom to knock down webs in and around your home. Be careful no spiders are around when you do this.
  • Keep your grass cut short and your landscaping well maintained.

What To Do If Black Widows Invade

Black widows are not easy pests to eliminate safely. If you suspect these dangerous arachnids have invaded your living areas, do not hesitate to involve Cobalt Pest Control. Our team of licensed technicians knows how to identify black widows and their eggs and is well versed in advanced pest control techniques. We would be happy to send someone your way to inspect your home for pests and help you find a solution that fits your needs. Contact us now to find out more about our services and to schedule your Richmond property for a visit.