Black Widow Spider

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Black Widow Spider in Alabama

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Latrodectus Mactans

Black Widow Spiders in Montgomery
Color Black, with characteristic red "hourglass" on back
Legs Eight
Shape Round
Size 3/4" length; 3/8" diameter
Antennae No
Flight No

Black widow spider Habitat & Prevention

Black widow spiders are most recognized for the red hourglass shape on the back. Contrary to legend, female black widow spiders rarely devour the male black widow spider after mating.

Habits

Black widow spiders spin their webs near ground level. They often build their webs in protected areas, such as in boxes and in firewood.

Habitat

Black widow spiders are often found around wood piles and gain entry into a structure when firewood is carried into a building. They are also found under eaves, in boxes, and in other areas where they are undisturbed.

Threats

The venom of a black widow spider is a neurotoxin and is used as a defense. Black widow spiders do not bite humans instinctively. The black widow spider bite can cause severe pain. Young children and the elderly are especially susceptible to a severe reaction to a black widow spider bite.

Black Widow Spiders can be found in all 50 states.

Prevention

Avoid black widow spider bites by wearing heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time. Spiders often hide in shoes, so check shoes and shake them out before wearing them. When spider webs are visible, use caution before putting your hands or feet in that area.

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our service area

We serve the following areas

Alabama
  • Bridgeport
  • Bryant
  • Cedar Bluff
  • Centre
  • Collinsville
  • Crossville
  • Dawson
  • Dutton
  • Estillfork
  • Fackler
  • Flat Rock
  • Fort Payne
  • Fruithurst
  • Fyffe
  • Gaylesville
  • Geraldine
  • Groveoak
  • Gurley
  • Hazel Green
  • Henagar
  • Higdon
  • Hollytree
  • Hollywood
  • Ider
  • Langston
  • Leesburg
  • Mentone
  • Muscadine
  • New Market
  • Paint Rock
  • Piedmont
  • Pisgah
  • Princeton
  • Rainsville
  • Scottsboro
  • Section
  • Spring Garden
  • Stevenson
  • Sylvania
  • Trenton
  • Valley Head
  • Woodville
Georgia
  • Barnesville
  • Meansville
  • Milner
  • Molena
  • The Rock
  • Thomaston
  • Yatesville
  • Zebulon
Our Locations:

Alabama Professional Services
3340 Richwood Avenue
Irondale, AL 35210
1-205-596-6161
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