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Black Widow Spider:

Friend or Foe?

Black Widow Spider: What Homeowners Need to Know

As a homeowner or office dweller, the last thing you want is to find bugs, especially spiders, inside your space. One of the most notorious spiders out there is the Black Widow. In this guide, we will outline the appearance, habitat, entry points, control, prevention, and potential damage caused by the Black Widow spider. By the end of this article, you'll know the key steps to take to keep your home or office safe from these unwanted guests.

By familiarizing yourself with the appearance, habitat, and entry points of the Black Widow spider, and following control, prevention, and removal strategies, you'll be well-equipped to keep your home or office free from these notorious pests.

Take action today – schedule a professional pest control inspection and treatment to safeguard your space against Black Widow spiders and other unwanted intruders.

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Black Widow spiders are easily identifiable by their:

  • Shiny black body
  • Unique red hourglass-shaped markings on the underside of their abdomen
  • Size of 1.5-inch long (including legs)
  • Female spiders being larger and more venomous than males


Black Widows typically reside in:

  • Warm, dark, and secluded areas
  • Outdoor woodpiles, storage sheds, and garages
  • Closets, attics, basements, and crawl spaces within homes
  • Favoring dry and messy spaces where they are less likely to be disturbed

Entry into your home or business

Black Widow spiders often sneak into homes and offices through:

  • Cracks and crevices
  • Unsealed doors and windows
  • Openings in screens or vents
  • Hitching a ride on firewood, outdoor furniture, or items brought in from storage


Although Black Widow spiders are usually more afraid of humans than we are of them, their presence can still cause issues:

  • Venomous bites can lead to pain, muscle stiffness, and in rare cases, severe symptoms
  • Emotional distress due to the anxiety of having an infestation
  • Damaged reputation and peace of mind for business owners and homeowners alike

Control and Safety

If you see a Black Widow spider, take the following measures to ensure your safety:

  • Do not attempt to handle or squish the spider; their venom can be dangerous
  • Keep children and pets away from the spider's vicinity
  • Contact a professional pest control expert to handle the situation

Prevention and Removal

Maintain a Black Widow-free home or office with these steps:

  • Regularly clean and declutter your space, removing potential hiding spots
  • Seal any open gaps or cracks in walls, doors, and windows
  • Install and maintain window and door screens, as well as vent covers
  • Inspect items such as firewood or outdoor furniture before bringing them indoors
  • Schedule routine pest control inspections and treatments

Other Types Of Spiders

Common Spiders Found in the United States of America: