There are 31 known species of widow spiders and they are found just about anywhere in the world. That includes our friend the North American Black Widow Spider, which is common here in the Surprise AZ area. The females are easy to identify with their jet black color and the bright red hourglass shaped mark on the underside of their abdomen. Their webbing is extremely sticky and will make a crackling sound when disturbed by a stick. The pattern is irregular, or no pattern at all, and often looks unkept and messy as it easily catches and holds leaves and other debris.
The adult female really is the trouble maker when it comes to Black Widows. She makes those messy, sticky webs from a silk that is about as strong as a steel wire of the same thickness. And, of course, there’s those pretty white egg sacs that can contain up to 400 eggs each…. It’s the females venom that is potentially dangerous to humans as it contains the neurotoxin latrotoxin, which can cause all sorts of problems such as severe muscle pain, abdominal cramps, muscle spasms and much more.
Black Widows are not aggressive to people and prefer to play dead if feeling trapped. They have very poor eyesight and rely on vibrations from predators or prey they are felt via their webbing. When an egg sac hatches, the young are initially white and very small. They distribute out into the world via a strand of silk and set up shop where ever they land. Teenage Black Widow Spiders are usually brown and a bit smaller than mom, tho shaped the same. Though the females are famous for eating the male after mating, that actually doesn’t happen near as often as folks think. The male tries to select his mate carefully, preferring a well fed lady who’s not looking for a meal. He senses certain chemicals in her webbing that indicate if she has recently eaten.
Obviously we recommend never handling a Black Widow Spider in any way. In most cases a pest control professional should be hired to take care of a Black Widow problem. What starts out as one spider can quickly become a real problem and a potential threat to children and pets.. Once the spiders have been exterminated, the webbing should be removed. If new webbing appears you know that you still have spiders that need to be dealt with.
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