How Black Widow Spiders Get Inside Florida Homes
July 4, 2018
Keeping black widow spiders out of your South Florida home and away from you, your children and your pets is important because of the significant health risks that these venomous spiders can pose. When black widow spiders find their way into homes, they will seek out shelter that is hidden and away from people. Even though the female black widow spider is one of the most venomous spiders in the United States, they are actually very reclusive in nature and are very afraid of people — these spiders are much more likely to run away from a perceived threat than attack. Black widow spider bites typically occur when a person doesn’t realize the presence of one of these spiders and accidentally makes contact with one, causing the spider to bite because it felt threatened. The good news is that, while a black widow spider bite is serious and requires medical attention and their presence on a property should be taken very seriously, their bites are rarely life-threatening.
Black widow spiders typically find their way into homes while foraging for food after initially being attracted to your property by piles of leaves, sticks, overgrown vegetation, construction debris, and garbage which they can use to hide out of sight. Another thing that often attracts black widow spiders is outdoor light fixtures; outdoor light fixtures are highly attractive to the insects that black widow spiders feed on, meaning that your home’s outdoor light fixtures could actually be inviting black widow spiders to your home where they then can gain easy access inside through small cracks and crevices. Once inside, black widow spiders tend to take up residence in quiet, dark, secluded areas like inside boxes, in basements and attics, in crawl spaces, in closets, underneath of furniture, and inside stored clothing.
To help you prevent these venomous spiders from being attracted to your property and entering your home where they can become a danger for you and your family, here are some helpful black widow spider prevention tips:
- Get rid of clutter that could attract black widow spiders to your property both inside and outside of your home.
- Trim back overgrown vegetation that could allow spiders to gain easy access to your home away from the exterior of your home.
- Seal openings found in the exterior walls and the foundation of your home; seal spaces found around pipes, wires, and other utilities entering into your home as well.
- Caulk openings found around exterior doors and windows.
- Make sure that the screens in all the windows and doors in your home are completely intact.
- Place tight-fitting caps on all chimneys; place covers over all the vents leading into your home.
- Replace white outdoor lights with yellow outdoor lights which are much less attractive to insects.
Having large populations of black widow spiders and other spider species living on your property is usually an indicator that you also have an infestation of other invasive insect species that spiders feed on in your home. To combat both black widow spiders and other insect invaders, turn to the South Florida pest control experts at Nozzle Nolen. Our professionals will come to your South Florida property, find and identify the spiders living on your property, and provide treatment services. They will then implement an eco-friendly pest control plan to keep black widow spiders and their prey away from your home and family throughout the year. Contact Nozzle Nolen today to learn more!
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