Black Widows

black widow spiderBlack widow spiders are perhaps the biggest pest concern here in Utah, due to their potentially fatal bite. Here is what you need to know about black widows and black widow extermination.




Many are familiar with the appearance of female black widow spiders. Female black widows are typically about 1.5 inches long and have a characteristic red hourglass marking on the abdomen. Male black widows, meanwhile, are about half the size of females and are lighter in color, with red or pink spots on their backs.




Black widows are especially common in the western United States, where they tend to thrive in dark, dry shelters such as garages and basements. They are considered the most venomous spider species in North America. In fact, a black widow’s venom is an estimated 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s. Contrary to popular belief, however, a black widow’s bite is rarely fatal. Those who are most affected by black widow bites include the young, the elderly, and the sick. Still, the pain from a bite may last up to twelve hours, with other symptoms lasting up to several days. Symptoms from a bite include profuse sweating, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, and hypertension.




Fortunately, black widows do not need to be a concern in your Utah home. The best way to prevent black widow infestation in your home is to seek help from a pest control professional. Our experts at Smart Guard can target high risk areas around your property, keeping you and your family safe. In addition to hiring a professional, you can also practice a few preventative measures to deter black widows. Eliminating clutter in your home, for example, can reduce the number of hiding spots for black widows, while sealing any cracks along the exterior of your home can prevent black widow intrusion.


Do you fear that black widows may be lurking around your home? Call our experts today and let us take care of your pest control needs.