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What are the Signs of a Black Widow Infestation?

Black widow spider

If you think you have a black widow infestation, the first step is to identify the signs. Black widows are most commonly found in dark, secluded areas like basements and attics. They also build their webs close to the ground, so be sure to check low-hanging branches and bushes. Throughout this blog, we'll go through other common signs of a black widow infestation and how to get rid of them in your California home.

What does a black widow spider look like?

The black widow is a small spider, about a half-inch in length with a glossy black body and a red hourglass shape on its abdomen. While the female's bite is more venomous, both sexes can inject venom through their fangs. 

Where is a black widow spider found?

Black widow spiders are found throughout the United States, but they're most common in the southern and western states

  • Outdoors, they're often found in dark, hidden places like under rocks or in woodpiles. 
  • Indoors, they might hide in closets, basements, attics, crawl spaces, and garages.

What are the signs of a black widow infestation?

The most obvious sign of a black widow infestation is the presence of spiders. However, you might also see webbing or egg sacs. Webbing is often found in corners or around objects, while egg sacs are usually hidden in dark places like closets or beneath the furniture. Other signs include:

  • Bites: Black widow bites can be painful and cause swelling, redness, and itching. In some cases, they can also lead to nausea, vomiting, and difficulty breathing.
  • Skins: As black widows shed their skin, you might find small pieces of brownish or grayish material around their hiding places.
  • Droppings: Black widow droppings are small and look like specks of pepper. If you think you might have a black widow infestation, it's important to call a pest control professional right away.

How do you prevent black widow spiders?

Preventing black widow spiders starts with keeping your home clean and clutter-free. Black widows like to hide in dark, secluded places, so eliminating potential hiding spots can help deter them. Regular vacuuming and dusting can also help reduce the number of spiders in your home. In addition, sealing any cracks or holes in your walls and foundation can help prevent spiders from entering your home.

How do you get rid of black widow spiders?

If you have a black widow infestation, it's important to call a pest control professional right away. Pest control professionals have the experience and knowledge necessary to safely and effectively get rid of black widows from your home. In addition, they can help you find and seal any cracks or holes that spiders may be using to enter your home.

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