What To Do If You Spot A Black Widow Spider In Your Jacksonville Home

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The list of reasons why spiders should be avoided is long. For starters, they look threatening. Some are quite large, but even the tinier ones are off-putting. They seem to have too many eyes and curved legs, and their body shape is unusual. Next, many create webs that can stick to you or other objects. It’s just gross. Last but not least, they have jagged teeth and venom. You have to keep spiders away with pest control in Jacksonville

The risks vary with different kinds of spiders, but those associated with the black widow species are extensive. Unfortunately, these bugs are all over the area. Find out how to respond when you spot one and the best home defense for spiders. B&T Pest Control can intercede.  

How To Identify A Black Widow Spider

Thankfully, it’s easy to tell black widows apart from docile common house spiders. As you might expect, black widows are dark. Their skin is very shiny. Females are distinguished from males by a red stomach blemish formed like an hourglass. Overall, these pests are 3/25 to ½ of an inch long.  

You may see them entering your domicile through gaps in doors, windows, walls, and flooring. If not, you’ll likely come across them in basements, closets, and garages. The arachnids prefer dark spaces that aren’t busy. Any sightings during the day mean an infestation is active. Webs are a sign, too; they’re usually close to the floor in sheltered locations.

Black Widow Spider Bites Can Lead To Serious Medical Problems 

Black widows are poisonous spiders in Jacksonville. In their venom are neurotoxins that can stop the central nervous system from working correctly. Get immediate medical attention if you know or suspect that you’ve been bitten. Symptoms at onset include redness and pain at the site. Inflammation and swelling will also arise. Emergency indicators are as follows:

  • Muscle and body pain 
  • Lesions
  • High blood pressure or heart rate 
  • Tremors
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Breathing difficulties

Senior citizens and children are expected to have critical bodily reactions to black widow spider bites. Individuals with immune system and heart illnesses will have heightened sensitivity too.  

Factors That Attract Black Widow Spiders In And Around Your Home  

Black widow spiders will undoubtedly be attracted to your residence if you have pest issues in general. They’ll spin webs to capture specimens like insects, reptiles, and even rodents. Natural elements also draw in these bugs; they’ll build outdoor nests around firewood, piles of organic debris, and tall grass. A low food supply and bitter weather often inspire their home invasions.  

How To Safely Get Rid Of A Black Widow Spider Problem   

Efforts to get rid of spiders naturally with liquid mixtures of water and ingredients like vinegar or peppermint will be futile. Ultimately, you’ll only experience mild relief. Better ways to prevent these arachnids are:  

  • Close holes in foundations, windows, and doors. 
  • Fix leaks and moisture defects right away. 
  • Control warmth by utilizing a dehumidifier. 
  • Decrease clutter around the house to eliminate possible nesting centers for spiders.
  • Brush up spider cobwebs and eggs. 
  • Keep grass and plants clipped. 
  • Sit greenery and wood two feet from the property. 
  • Scan storage items, outdoor furniture, and wood before bringing them indoors.  
  • Contact B&T Pest Control if you have critters that spiders consume. 

Commercial pesticides and other management products for spiders aren’t robust enough to cease an infestation. If they were, they still would be problematic because of their pricing and hazards. B&T Pest Control can offer you intricate interior and exterior pest control treatments that are cost-efficient and safe. Block out dangerous black widow spiders now! Call us today!

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