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What To Do If You're Seeing Black Widow Spiders Around Your Phoenix Home

October 25, 2022

Most of the time, seeing a spider inside or around your home is not a good reason to panic. Many local species are not harmful at all and are mostly a nuisance. There are, however, some types of dangerous spiders that make their homes in and around local buildings.

One you should know about is the black widow. Here is how to identify the black widow spider and what to do if you see one inside or around your Phoenix home. If you already know what these pests look like and have spotted one on your property, do not wait to call ACTION Termite & Pest Control. Our team will pay you a visit and use advanced Phoenix pest control to deal with these harmful pests.

How To Identify A Black Widow Spider

There are many kinds of spiders in Phoenix. Few are as easy to identify as the black widow. This larger arachnid has a unique appearance and web-building style. An adult black widow can grow to be 1  and ⅜ inches long, has a black, hairless body, eight long legs, and a red, hourglass-shaped mark on its underside.

A black widow’s web is irregularly shaped and built close to the ground. You might find these pests nesting around your basement, attic, crawlspaces, garage, shed, and cluttered areas indoors. For help identifying an infestation, consider bringing in our team at ACTION Termite & Pest Control. We will check for these dangerous spiders so that you do not have to.

The Symptoms Of A Black Widow Spider Bite

If a black widow spider bites you, you will know it. Unlike other arachnids in our area that have mild venom, the black widow has a potent venomous neurotoxin that doesn’t just cause pain but a myriad of other uncomfortable symptoms. Here are just a few symptoms you should know.

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Constant crying
  • Irritability
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tetany
  • Seizures

The good news is that a black widow spider will only inject venom if they feel threatened or trapped. Sometimes they will dry bite as a warning. If this is the case, the bite will feel like a pinprick, and no harmful symptoms should follow it.

Where You Might Find Black Widow Spiders On Your Property 

The black widow spider builds its webs in a variety of locations around properties. You are most likely to find webs in secluded areas like the space between storage boxes or in the corners of sheds. Generally, you should never reach into a dark crevice without checking it with a flashlight first.

Invest in professional pest control if you want to feel comfortable on your property without having to worry about common spiders. We offer amazing plans at ACTION Termite & Pest Control to deal with spiders in Arizona and would be more than happy to assist with your needs.

The Safest Way To Get Rid Of Black Widow Spiders On Your Property

We do not want you to risk your health while dealing with black widow spiders indoors. Our team works hard to understand local, dangerous pests and has the experience and equipment to safely remove and control black widow spiders in Phoenix. Let us pay you a visit to identify what types of spiders are in and around your home. We will inform you of your risk and offer some simple options to stay safe year-round.

Call now and learn what professional pest control would look like for your Phoenix home. We will help you schedule an appointment and put you on a path to total pest freedom.