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Black Widow Spiders Prevention Tips

Have you spotted these eight-legged demons in your Arizona home? Well, you are not the only one! These pesky little arachnids, known as black widows, don’t play around and are highly dangerous. If you see them or their egg sacs, it’s time to act ASAP with some precautions.

Black widow spiders are one of the most hated spiders due to their potent and deadly venom. You may have heard many stories about people suffering from their venom, so you must be aware of them!

Contacting a Glendale pest control technician is usually the best preventive method to get rid of these spiders, but you can also try our recommendations below.

A Black Widow spider in AZ

Identifying A Black Widow

The black widow spider is one of the most unusual spider species on the planet. They are simple to identify because of their all-black bodies, bulbous abdomens, and skinny legs. It also helps that they have a red hourglass mark.

Other widow spider species have a similar appearance, but with different colors and markings.

Risks Associated With Black Widow Spiders

Although all spiders are venomous, most are harmless and pose little to no damage to human health. However, black widow spider bites are deadly and can cause severe health problems in those who are bitten.

Basic signs include sweating, severe stomach cramps, pain, and swelling from the bite site. Some people also experience nausea, chills, and other more serious medical issues.

To lessen the agony and your chances of developing painful symptoms, which in rare cases include death, seek medical assistance immediately if you ever get bitten by one of these creatures.

As you can see, black widows can be extremely dangerous at home. You should act fast when they become a pest at home. Contact a Gilbert pest control technician as soon as you see one!

Practical Techniques For Preventing Black Widows

Black widow spiders enter your house to shelter and hunt for other pests like cockroaches, beetles, flies, etc. You must deal with their access points and attractants if you want to prevent these spiders from entering your home. There are several ways to achieve this.

Strong Smells Keep Black Widows Away

Due to their keen sense of smell, black widows do not enjoy lemon, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, or peppermint aromas. You can deter black widows by spreading these potent odors because they can smell through their feet.

All you need for your homemade spider repellent is a spray bottle, water, essential oil, and a drop of dish soap. Follow these steps:

  • Fill a 16-ounce spray container with five drops of your favorite essential oil.
  • Put water in.
  • Add three to four drops of dish soap.
  • Spray on window ledges, baseboards, corners, and under furniture.

Vacuum Any Black Widow Web

Removing webs is your first defense against black widows and other spiders because they rely on them for food and shelter.

To get rid of any webs, vacuum thoroughly, paying special attention to hiding places such as corners and shadowy spaces under furniture.

You may need to contact a Queen Creek pest control company for a more reliable solution.

Vinegar Kills Black Widow Spiders

The acidity of the vinegar will instantly burn a spider’s body. Therefore, this is not the best technique if you don’t want to kill spiders.

By mixing equal parts vinegar and water, you can make a vinegar repellent that you can spray directly on black widows. Spray heavily all over an egg sac if you see one.

To lessen the strong vinegar smell, you can use aromatic oils. Some essential oils can be used around kids, dogs, and other household members when properly diluted and managed. Lavender, rosemary, and chamomile essential oils are a few examples.

How To Remove Black Widows From Your Home

Now that you know how to DIY some spider repellents, take a look at these recommendations to prevent black widows from entering your home:

  • Cut your lawn and trim your landscaping regularly. Clip any tree limbs and shrubs at least five feet from the exterior of your home.
  • Remove any debris and clutter from your yard, and fill in any holes you find.
  • Look for openings, cracks, and holes in your home. Use a caulking gun or liquid cement to seal these entry points. Do this before calling a Glendale pest control company.
  • Replace broken screens and patch up any rips and tears in your windows.
  • Ensure that all doors going out of your home have door sweeps installed beneath them.
  • When not in use, keep windows and doors without screens closed.
  • After sunset, turn off external lighting or use insect-resistant bulb replacements.
  • Clean all the surfaces in your home.
  • Pick up and wipe out your pets’ food and water bowls after feeding them.
  • Food leftovers should be kept in sealed containers.

Hire A Phoenix Pest Control Company

Although these methods help a lot, it’s always better to contact the pros. Call Varsity Termite & Pest Control to find the most effective and safe solution to ensure your home is free of any pests, including black widow spiders!

 
 
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Varsity Termite and Pest Control – Gary Dobert
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Mesa, AZ85206

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Gary is the co-owner of Varsity Termite and Pest Control, a family owned and operated company in Arizona with over 21 years of experience. They specialize in termite and scorpion control services.

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