Did you know that there are roughly 45,000 species of spiders that share our planet with us? If you were to take a wild guess, how many of these species do you think have been responsible for human deaths? 3000? 2000? Surely it isn’t as low as 100. The answer is 30. Only 30 spiders have ever taken a human life, one of which lives here in the Inland Empire Region. If you have never taken a second to think about black widow spiders, here are a few things you should know about these invasive and dangerous pests.
What Are Black Widow Spiders?
Most people have heard of black widow spiders. They are the stereotypical dangerous pest you think of when someone says venomous spider. Black widows are between one and a half and one and three-eighths of an inch long, have a bulbous abdomen, and a red hourglass mark on their underside. Like many other spiders, black widows build intricate and usually irregular looking webs and use them to catch prey such as beetles, grasshoppers, flies, etc. As a general rule, if your home has trouble with insect invaders, it is likely to have trouble with spiders as well.
The Dangers Of A Black Widow Bite
To start, being bitten by a black widow does not mean certain death by any stretch of the imagination. Although these pests are incredibly dangerous, there hasn’t been a recorded death caused by these pests in the U.S. since 1983. The thing you have to worry about is that their bite is the extreme painful and brings extreme discomfort with it.
Common symptoms to expect with a black widow bite include:
- Severe back, belly, or chest pain
- Stupor, shock, or restlessness
- A severe headache
- Muscle cramps or spasms around the area of the bite
- Moderate to severe pain
If one of these pests ever bites you, we recommend that you seek medical attention immediately. A licensed doctor will have the treatment needed to minimize your pain and discomfort and reduce your risk of permanent injury.
Prevention Tips For Black Widows
Because black widows invade homes to hunt for other pests, it only makes sense to use general pest prevention when trying to keep these dangerous arachnids out. To keep black widows and the pests they hunt out of your home, here are ten great tips our experts recommend:
- Keep up with your lawn and landscaping.
- Eliminate sources of water buildup around your property.
- Address leaky pipes, broken gutters, and indoor humidity issues.
- Use high-quality caulk to fill in holes, cracks, and gaps in your home’s exterior foundation.
- Make sure your window and door screens are in good condition.
- Install door sweeps on all exterior doors around your home.
- Organize storage areas and keep clutter to a minimum.
- Clean your home regularly.
- Invest in proper food storage.
- Buy tight-fitting, pest-proof lids for your trash cans.
A Simpler Way To Prevent Black Widows
It is difficult to prevent black widows from entering your home. To ensure these dangerous arachnids stay outside where they belong, hire the professionals at EarlyBird Extermination. We will apply a defensive barrier of advanced pest control treatments around your home that keeps pests like black widows outside looking in.
All you have to do is call us today. We will schedule a time for a technician to come out and take a look, and our team will work with you to find a great option for your Inland Empire Region property. Learn more about our home pest control and commercial pest control services.