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What Should I Do If I See A Black Widow Spider In My Ogden Home?

April 20, 2022

Black widow spiders in your Ogden home are never a fun sight and can be quite frightening to many individuals. To avoid encounters with dangerous spiders, you should be looking into the best way to kill spiders and control them around your home with Ogden pest control. 

What Do Black Widow Spiders Look Like?

Black widow spiders are one of the most recognizable spider types thanks to their round abdomen, shiny black coloration, and red hourglass marking on their abdomen. Like other spiders, they have eight legs and create sticky hidden webs to live in and catch their prey.

You are most likely to find black widow spiders hiding around dark, secluded areas such as woodpiles or under furniture outdoors, in dimly lit garages, attics, and basements, or the dark corners of closets. This preference for living areas makes it easy to accidentally come across this spider and receive a bite without knowing it.

Are Black Widow Spiders Dangerous?

While all spiders can bite, only a few spider types are considered medically dangerous; the black widow spider is one of these species. They are considered the most venomous spider in North America, and a bite can be painful and result in several unpleasant symptoms. However, it is essential to note that a black widow spider bite is rarely fatal with proper medical care and no underlying medical conditions or risk factors.

If a black widow has bitten you and you develop any of the following symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately.

  • Pain, burning or swelling at the bite sight
  • Aching or stiff muscles
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Trouble breathing
  • Extreme abdominal pain or abdominal cramping
  • Sweating
  • A rash or itching
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Muscle weakness or tremors
  • Loss of ability to move legs or arms

If I See One Does That Mean There Are More?

Seeing spiders everywhere in your home is a clear indicator of a problem, but what if you see one or two roaming around? In general, only seeing one black widow may still cause concern. Black widows with distinct red hourglass markings are female. This means they have laid or plan to lay eggs, leading to a widespread home infestation and increased risk of being bitten by this spider.

As soon as you spot a black widow spider hiding around your home, you should be on the lookout for more and reach out to Mountain West Pest for more advice.

What Is The Best Way To Remove Black Widow Spiders? 

While you can get rid of spiders naturally by implementing prevention tactics such as keeping your grass trimmed low, storing woodpiles far away from your home, and decluttering storage areas and garages; the best and safest way to remove these spiders is by reaching out to our experts at Mountain West Pest.

Armed with professional skills and equipment, our specialists at Mountain West Pest can inspect your home for black widow spiders and effectively remove infestations of this pest. This decreases your risk of being bitten by this pest and ensures the elimination of black widow spiders from your home, something that home remedies or DIY treatments may not do.

To protect your home and those living in it from black widow spiders, reach out to Mountain West Pest today.