Common Dallas Pests
Black Widow Spiders
Black widows are a group of highly venomous spiders found throughout the world.
These spiders are known for their distinctive appearance, with females featuring a shiny black body, rounded abdomen, and a distinctive red hourglass marking on their underside. Males are smaller and less venomous, with a brown or gray body.
Black widows typically inhabit dark, dry places such as woodpiles, sheds, and outdoor toilets. They can also be found in protected areas of homes and other buildings. Black widows are shy and reclusive spiders, and will typically only bite if threatened or disturbed.
The venom of black widows is neurotoxic and can be extremely dangerous to humans, particularly to children and the elderly. Symptoms of a black widow bite may include muscle pain, cramps, spasms, and even paralysis.
To prevent black widows from entering your home, it’s recommended to seal any cracks or crevices in your home’s exterior and to keep outdoor areas clean and clutter-free. If you encounter a black widow, it’s important to exercise caution and avoid disturbing the spider. If you are bitten by a black widow or suspect that you have been, seek medical attention immediately.