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Black Widows - ugh!

Has anyone had experience with Black Widows? As I was grubbing around removing dried leaves in the corner of a raised bed, I pulled out a mass of webbing and suddenly there it was in my hand. My guardian angel was on duty - I had a gardening glove on! As soon as I saw the famed red hour glass, I dispatched her really fast! My next thought was - are there more?

That could have been Luci's nose investigating. Yikes!

I checked info online and it said they inject a neurotoxin that can be fatal to small animals, children, the elderly.
Just what I need - something else to worry about!!!
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That's terrifying. Be careful.

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I don't have any experience with Black Widws. There are worse spiders out there; the Brown Recluse, for instance. I had a look at this stuff some years ago.

What I'd consider is, what habitat do the spiders like? And maybe fence off those habitats so Luci CAN'T stick her nose in there!

I guess you'd have to be pretty creative with the fencing - leave a kind of gate so you can get into the bed, but Luci can't!

Oh, and don't forget to wear your gardening gloves!

How scary! Thanks for reporting! I'm trusting Luci didn't get bitten!

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Has anyone had experience with Black Widows? As I was grubbing around removing dried leaves in the corner of a raised bed, I pulled out a mass of webbing and suddenly there it was in my hand. My guardian angel was on duty - I had a gardening glove on! As soon as I saw the famed red hour glass, I dispatched her really fast! My next thought was - are there more?

That could have been Luci's nose investigating. Yikes!

I checked info online and it said they inject a neurotoxin that can be fatal to small animals, children, the elderly.
Just what I need - something else to worry about!!!
Yes, we have occasionally found one in our barn, especially in early spring, among garden implements that haven't been used over the winter. I have a freind who got a terrible bite from putting his hand in a garden glove where one had put up housekeeping in the early spring. I keep my garden gloves in a well-sealed plastic box to keep any critters out!


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You are right, Carol, Brown Recluses are MUCH worse, and much more likely to be a problem for people and pets because they like to come indoors and are nondescript looking. Black widows prefer to be outdoors or in cool garden sheds and barns, and are pretty easy to identify.


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My son had to have the pest control people come and spray all around and under his house. Black widows were everywhere and he was afraid for the children. I read that the black widows were the worst because they can be fatal if not treated immediately. But they like to hide in places most wouldn't see. My son said he probably could find one in my flower bed and sure enough he raised up an ornament and there was one under there. But the brown recluse can make a horrible place if not treated soon also. I find them in my house from time to time usually in the bathroom. I am careful with the laundry hamper. They are sorta like honey bees, if given a chance they will run (brown recluse--I don't know about the black widow).

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