You may have heard the warning that there are more black widows in Florida than ever before, but most people living in and around the Tampa area can't see them. The black widow spider is a secretive arachnid with a bulbous black body and red marks on the abdomen. They tend to stay out of sight, during the day at least.
Black widow spiders like to hide in dark areas inside various locations of Tampa homes and yards. They are often found inside walls or under porches and decks, in garages, basements, attics, pool areas, and storage sheds, just waiting for their chance to come inside. Given the dangers of black widow spiders, many homeowners hire Bold Servicing for pest control solutions that protect the entire home with both preventative and responsive pest control.
How Dangerous Are Black Widow Spiders?
Black widow spiders are a deadly species of spider, capable of delivering a painful and toxic bite if not handled with care. It's important to understand why black widows bite to prevent them from doing so. A black widow doesn't need to be provoked or trapped in order to deliver its painful and sometimes toxic bite. Instead, it simply bites any time that it feels threatened or frightened. Even if there's no defense mechanism involved, all it takes is for someone to mistakenly get too close for its comfort.
Black widow venom can be up to 15 times as strong as rattlesnake venom. Early symptoms of bites can include swelling and faint red marks, but intense pain and stiffness can begin over a few hours. Other symptoms include fever, chills, muscle cramps, vomiting, and severe abdominal pain. It is crucial to seek medical attention if you fear a black widow spider has bitten you.
Spider Prevention Tips For Tampa Residents
Thankfully, there are ways you can minimize or prevent infestations of black widow spiders from your home - or your yard for that matter - by following some simple steps:
Regularly sweep away spider webs to discourage spider populations.
Seal all cracks and crevices where the spiders can enter.
Make sure to store firewood away from your home.
Keep your yard and landscaping in good shape to discourage spiders from finding a home.
Remove rock piles and other debris, and cut back dense bushes every so often.
Cut the lawn regularly and remove dead plant matter from flower beds and elsewhere around the house.
Put down a layer of mulch around the foundation of your home to discourage spiders from entering.
As a homeowner, you're responsible for keeping your home and yard safe for yourself and your family. That means keeping a wide variety of pests away. Of course, this includes everything from ants to termites to mosquitoes, but it also means that you have to address issues with your lawn and landscaping to discourage other kinds of pests from entering the home.
How Bold Serving Can Help
Understanding what kind of spiders live in your area and where they like to hide can help determine the measure of spider control you need to implement and help you prevent black widows from entering your home. Whether you need help with an existing population or simply want to makes sure you never get one, Bold Servicing can help. Call today to find out more about our spider control options and other pest control services in Tampa.