Black Widows in Seattle, WA
How to get rid of spiders in Seattle, Olympia, Puyallup & Tacoma.
Most spiders are beneficial. They feed on a variety of small insects including mosquitoes, moths, and other flies. Many species build intricate webs in strategic locations like windows, ceilings and corners. Since the webs are highly visible, most homeowners choose to remove them.
Virtually all spiders have venom and fangs, but only a few are likely to bite humans. The hobo spider is common throughout Washington state and is quite common in and around homes in western Washington. The black widow spider is common in eastern Washington but rarely found in western Washington. Contrary to popular belief, the brown recluse spider does not occur naturally in Washington.
If you have been experiencing spider problems, call us about our prevention programs. We’ll treat problem areas with a recommended dose of an effective insecticide. We’ll also inspect your home to help you stop future invasions.
What Do Black Widow Spiders Look Like?
A female black widow can be easily identified by the shiny black body and large red hourglass on the underside of the abdomen. Widows are typically found in dark areas where there is refuge from animals and people. Normally we see them at the foundation of buildings and houses, wood piles and other dark areas that remain undisturbed for long periods of time. A black widow web is easily spotted; garden spider webs will have a vortex style that almost looks well thought out. However, a black widow web is chaotic at best, strands zigging this way and that, with no overall sense to the design.
Are Black Widow Spider Bites Lethal?
The bite of a black widow can be lethal to small children (under 6) and the elderly as their immune systems are typically weaker. The venom is a neurotoxin about fifteen times as potent as a Rattlesnake’s. In a normal healthy adult, the bite causes extreme localized pain and intense full body muscle contraction and cramping
How to get rid of spiders in your Seattle Home
- Check doors and windows for gaps. Repair any holes or gaps large enough for spiders.
- Check firewood for silk egg sacs and spiders before bringing inside.
- Remove spiders and webs from dark corners with a vacuum cleaner. Empty the bag immediately.
- Don’t allow heavy shrubbery to grow against house.