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There are many different kinds of spiders that residents of Frisco may see in their homes, but fortunately, very few of them could be considered dangerous. One of these potentially harmful spiders is the black widow. This infamous arachnid's venomous bite may lead to serious health risks for people, so it's helpful to arm yourself with knowledge about this pest and how to avoid it. At All-Safe Pest & Termite, we have the experience and skill to ensure your home is free of these frightening pests. 

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How To Identify A Black Widow Spider

Although it may be difficult to differentiate between different kinds of spiders, the black widow has a few defining characteristics that allow you to identify it properly. The black widow spider has a shiny, round body that is black or brownish-black in color, with the signature hourglass shape in red on the underside of its abdomen. Like all spiders, the black widow has eight legs, and its hind legs also feature a comb foot, which features a row of bristles. Occasionally, the black widow spider will also sport red or white dots on its back or abdomen alongside the hourglass shape. 

The Symptoms Of A Black Widow Spider Bite

While the black widow spider bite may seldom be deadly, it can still potentially cause a number of health concerns. The impact of the bite may vary widely due to the varying amount of venom released with each bite. On occasion, the black widow spider bite can even have no venom released within it at all. However, the more venom that is injected via the bite, the more pain you will likely experience. Typical symptoms of a black widow spider bite can include:

  • Chills
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Extreme sweating
  • Stomach cramps
  • Muscle cramps
  • Pain, especially in the specific area of the bite

If you think that you have been bitten by a black widow spider, it is best to seek medical attention immediately. There is no accurate way to know what the impact will be, nor how much venom was released, without the care of a medical professional. 

At All-Safe Pest & Termite, we know how scary a spider bite can be, and the best prevention for such bites is to ensure your home is free from these harmful spiders. If you see or suspect black widow spiders in your Frisco home, there is no reason to risk a bite. Contact us immediately, so that we can keep you and your family safe. Our treatments will safely and effectively rid your home of spiders, giving you peace of mind.

Where You Might Find Black Widow Spiders On Your Property

Black widow spiders prefer dark, dry, protected areas where they can spin their webs undisturbed. They often nest in rocks, woodpiles, near home foundations, and in sheds and other outbuildings. They prefer an outdoor life and do not often come into your home.

However, if seeking food sources, a black widow will come into your Frisco home and seek hiding spaces in closets, attics, corners, under furniture, in piles of debris, amongst clutter such as boxes and newspapers, in crawl spaces, and in basements. Spiders will typically only enter a home if there is a food source for them, so if you do see a black widow in your home, it's a likely indication that you may have a secondary pest infestation.

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

To keep your Frisco home free of black widow spiders, trust the experts at All-Safe Pest & Termite. We have the experience and treatment plans to keep your home pest-free for a long time to come. With our routine follow-up care, we will continue to ensure that you do not have to worry about the potentially dangerous bite of a black widow spider. Call us today to ensure a spider-free home.

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