How To Safely Get Rid Of Black Widow Spiders On Your Jacksonville Property

February 15, 2022

For the most part, American spiders are not particularly dangerous. In the entire United States, there are only three species that can do significant harm to people. Another small consolation is that among spiders found in homes, these dangerous species are relatively rare, preferring to hang out in sheds, garages, and woodpiles over the dark corners of your home. However, of all Florida spiders, the black widow is one of the most dangerous. Keep reading to learn more about these famous spiders, the dangers they pose to your health, and the safest way to get rid of them.

black widow spider

How To Identify Black Widow Spiders In Jacksonville

Black widows can occasionally look similar to different house spiders, but they do have a distinctive body shape. Black widows have very rounded abdomens that are shiny and black. They may occasionally have spots on the back, and then, of course, they have the red or yellow hourglass on the underside of their abdomen. Their legs are thick and pointed, and their webs are generally disorganized and messy.

The Dangers Of Black Widow Spiders On Your Jacksonville Property

Black widow spiders are one of the greatest health threats of American spiders. The severity of reactions may vary, but among the symptoms a black widow bite can cause, there is:

  • Fever
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Sweating and trembling
  • Nausea
  • Pain and swelling around the bite
  • It is best to seek immediate medical attention if you believe you’ve been bitten by a black widow. On average, their bites cause seven deaths each year in the United States.

Being able to tell the difference between the black widow and other Florida spiders can save your life. If you believe you’ve spotted a black widow, it’s best to be extremely cautious in how you deal with it.

The Safest Way To Get Rid Of Black Widow Spiders On Your Jacksonville Property

Getting near enough to a black widow that it can jump on you is not an ideal plan. The safest way to get rid of black widows and any other kinds of spiders found in homes is to practice pest prevention. Spiders are most likely coming indoors because they have access to plenty of pest prey, so to keep down your bug and spider population, try these tips:

  • De-web often, indoors and outdoors.
  • Keep your porch light off at night.
  • Seal cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation with silicone-based caulk.
  • Maintain door and window screens so they are hole-free and seal properly.
  • Don’t store wood piles or other hiding spots near the home.
  • Practice good sanitization: seal trash, take the garbage out regularly, keep surfaces clean, vacuum, and store food in air-tight containers.
  • Repair anything causing excess moisture in and around your home, including clogged gutters, leaking pipes, and landscaping issues.

How To Keep Black Widow Spiders Away From Your Jacksonville Property

If you’re seeing black widows or other dangerous Florida spiders, don’t put yourself at risk - call Lindsey Pest Services. Spiders that are a threat to human health and different house spiders incapable of biting are in your home for the same reasons. If you’ve got an abundance of pest prey, they are eating well inside your home. To deal with the pest prey and finally get rid of spiders, Lindsey Pest Services can equip you with a plan that can protect your home through every season. For reliable pest control that’s been serving the Jacksonville area for over 60 years, call Lindsey Pest Services to get started today.


Schedule Your Free Inspection

Complete the form below to schedule your no obligation inspection.

or call (904) 552-2346