For many people, the mention of black widow spiders causes panic and fear. But, if you've lived in St. Charles for a while, then you know that the reputation of these arachnids far surpasses the actual threat. Here are a few things everyone should know about black widows.
Do black widow spiders kill people?
In the United States, a black widow bite rarely leads to death. The symptoms of a black widow bite can be quite severe and may include abdominal cramps, muscle pain, chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, stupor, restlessness, and shock. These can be extreme for as long as 12 hours. Fortunately, if you take precautions, you can avoid being bitten. When a black widow spider bites, it chooses how much venom it wants to inject into the wound. Some bites don't result in envenomation. Bites that are nonvenomous are called dry bites. A black widow is more likely to inflict a venomous bite if it feels trapped. For this reason, it is a good idea to shake shoes, boots, clothing, towels, clothing, and other items these spiders may choose to hide in, before you put them on.
Do black widow spiders kill their mate?
Yes. Sometimes. But so do many other spider species where females are bigger than males. Therefore, you shouldn't think of this spider as an aggressive spider lurking in every corner of your St. Charles home. In fact, this leads to our next question.
Do black widow spiders get inside homes?
Yes, but they don't prefer to. When they come in, it is usually by accident. They don't thrive in a home the way brown recluse spiders do. You are more likely to find black widows outside, hiding in brush piles, or underneath your porch. When they get in, they're going to look for undisturbed locations and places that have clutter to hide in. This makes attic spaces an area to be cautious in if you know you have black widows getting into your home.
Should I be worried if I have black widows on my property?
No. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't do something about it. It is no fun being bitten by a black widow spider, and it can be serious if envenomation is extreme. When these spiders appear, contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Our pest management professionals are the best in the business. They'll help you eliminate these spiders and protect your home from reentry. Give us a call today for a free inspection.