Spider Control Services
Miche Pest Control is a family owned and operated pest control company that provides residential and commercial pest control services for spiders, including black widow spiders, in Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Our expert spider exterminators get rid of black widow spider infestations fast, and use preventative methods to keep black widow spiders from coming back after they've been eliminated. Miche Pest Control has a 4.9 star rating and over 1,000 reviews online - click the button below to get started, or give us a call today!
Black Widow Spiders: Venomous Spiders
Black widow spiders are venomous spiders that are found throughout much of the world. Here is an overview of black widow spiders:
- Black widow spiders are small to medium in size, with adults reaching lengths of about 1-1.5 inches. They are named for the females' tendency to eat the males after mating.
- Black widow spiders are known for their shiny, black appearance and distinctive red hourglass shape on their abdomen. They are found in a variety of habitats, including gardens, woodpiles, and sheds.
- Black widow spiders are venomous and can bite humans if they feel threatened. Their venom is toxic and can cause muscle cramping and pain, as well as other symptoms such as nausea, difficulty breathing, and sweating.
- Black widow spider bites are rare, but they can be serious, especially for young children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. If you suspect that you have been bitten by a black widow spider, seek medical attention immediately.
- Black widow spiders are shy and non-aggressive, and will typically only bite if they feel threatened or trapped. They are most active at night and are attracted to dark, undisturbed areas.
- The best way to prevent black widow spider bites is to avoid disturbing their habitats and to wear protective clothing, such as gloves and long-sleeved shirts, when working in areas where they may be present.
- If you do have a black widow spider problem in your home or yard, it's important to call a professional pest control company to safely and effectively remove the spiders and prevent their return. Do not try to handle the situation on your own, as black widow spiders can be venomous and can bite if they feel threatened.
Overall, black widow spiders are venomous spiders that can be found in a variety of habitats throughout much of the world. While they are shy and non-aggressive, their bites can be serious and it's important to take precautions to avoid being bitten. Contact us today!
Black Widow Spiders In DC, MD & VA
Widow spiders (genus Latrodectus) are known worldwide for their ability to cause pain and suffering in people. Most species have a strikingly beautiful color combination of a shiny black body with bright red markings. These distinct markings increase the apprehension many people have for these spiders. The red markings often involve an hourglass on the underside of the abdomen. The two types of black widow spiders that are most commonly associated with homes and businesses in the greater DC & Baltimore areas are the southern black widow, and the western black widow. Both of these spiders are shiny black with a ventral red hourglass on the abdomen; they can be differentiated because the southern black widow has an additional red dot just above the spinnerets. These two species cause most of the widow envenomations (black widow spider bites) in North America.
How Quickly Do Black Widow Spiders Reproduce?
Black widow spiders produce about 300 eggs per egg sac, and can store sperm from the original mating. This means that they can produce more than 10 egg sacs over many months, without any reduction in egg number or viability. Black widow spiderlings stay with their mother for a short period of time after they emerge from their silky egg sac, then will often disperse by "ballooning." In areas where black widows are dense, new baby spiders are regularly produced during the warm months and later disperse. Black widow spiders are one of the first new colonizers of disturbed landscapes, such as new housing developments.
Black Widow Spider Bites
Black Widow Spiders produce a venom that affects the nervous system of the things that they bite (neurotoxin). The bite of a widow spider is typically felt as a pinprick, if at all. Within an hour or so, symptoms develop which include severe pain, localized sweating (possibly only the bitten limb will sweat), reduction or cessation of urine output, and rigid abdominal muscles. The severe pain may mimic appendicitis, and has been misdiagnosed as such. Bite victims are active and agitated and move incessantly to minimize pain. The bite site may appear as an inconsequential red mark; envenomation manifestations develop systemically throughout the body and distant from the bite site.
The symptoms caused by bites from black widow spiders can be readily vanquished with antivenin. Because antivenin is based on horse serum, allergic reactions can occur. The severity of a person's reaction to the bite of a black widow spider will often depend on the their age, as well as their physical condition. Children and the elderly are the most at risk for the more severe of the symptoms mentioned above, and are typically more seriously affected than young adults and middle-aged people. In milder cases, which are described as similar to a bad flu episode, symptoms dissipate over a few days with general supportive care.
What Should You Do If A Black Widow Spider Bites You?
- Wash the bite area with soap and water.
- Reduce the spread of the venom. For example, this can be accomplished by tying a snug bandage above the site of the bite if it is on an arm or a leg. Make sure not to tie it too tight- you don't want to impair your blood's circulation.
- Always seek immediate emergency medical care. An anti-venom medication (antivenin) is sometimes used by doctors to treat black widow spider bites. Sometimes, doctors may use other medications, including pain relievers, muscle relaxants, and/or corticosteroids. Sometimes, hospitalization is required after black widow spider bites.
- If possible, bring the spider with you to the doctor so that it can be positively identified.
- Depending on the date of your last tetanus immunization, a tetanus booster shot may be necessary, as well.
- Calling Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 can provide assistance in the proper diagnosis and management of a spider bite.
How To Get Rid Of Black Widow Spiders
If black widow spiders have become a problem around your home or business in the greater DC & Baltimore areas, including Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia, the easiest way to get rid of black widow spiders is to call Miche Pest Control. Our expert technicians use the best possible products to get rid of black widow spider infestations quickly, and treat proactively to keep them from coming back after they've been eliminated. To get your free estimate, fill out the form below, or give us a call today!
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