Black widow spiders are quite common in Fallbrook and the surrounding areas. This may sound alarming to some readers, since black widows are known to be venomous, but fortunately, the spiders are not generally aggressive. They won’t bite unless they feel threatened. However, a spider has no way of telling the difference between an active child that has “invaded” their space, a curious pet, or a real threat, so it’s important to call a pest control company to take care of black widows before they have a chance to bite.
Black widow bites are rarely deadly, and are really only dangerous for the very young, the very old, or those with compromised immune systems. For most people, a black widow bite will result in muscle pain, abdominal pain, increased body temperature, accelerated heartbeat, and muscle spasms. With treatment, symptoms usually subside within 24 hours, although without treatment, they could last up to several weeks.
How do you know if you have black widows on your property? Black widows generally keep out of sight, preferring to live in dark, undisturbed locations like in woodpiles, under furniture, or in holes left behind by other animals. The easiest way to know if you have black widows nearby is by the presence of their webs.
Unlike other spider webs, the webs produced by black widows have an irregular pattern, and are very strong and sticky. (It is said that black widow spider silk is as strong as steel wire of the same thickness!)
You can identify a black widow spider by the red or orange hourglass shape on their abdomen. Their bodies range in size from a half an inch to one-and-a-half inches long, and are a glossy black color.
It is difficult to get rid of black widow spiders on your own, since they tend live in the shadows. That’s why it’s important to call a professional Fallbrook pest control company to come out if you think you have black widows or other spiders on your property. Our highly trained pest control technicians will treat both indoor and outdoor areas in order to rid your property of spiders and prevent future infestations.
Spider control can be part of a regular pest control maintenance plan. We offer monthly, bi-monthly, and quarterly pest control service options. All of our maintenance plans come with our guarantee that your property will be free from pests, or we will come back, free of charge, to eliminate your pest problem.
So before you entertain outdoors this summer, make sure your property is free of dangerous pests, like black widow spiders, as well as annoying pests like ants. Contact Knockout Pest Control today to schedule your free inspection or to find out more about the pest control services we offer to Fallbrook and the surrounding communities.