What To Do About Black Widow Spiders On Your Maryland Property


up close image of a black widow spider

Whether you watch them on the big screen or read about them in books, black widow spiders are one of the most famous pests in the world. They are also some of the most dangerous pests that will invade your Maryland property. Even though they are rare in most areas, a black widow spider infestation could be a serious problem in a place like Maryland, so don’t sweep these potential problems under the rug. Get the facts on the infamous black widow spider and what you can do to keep your family safe today.

What To Look For To Identify A Black Widow Problem

Black widow spiders are usually the size of a dime with their legs outstretched. They feature a black, bulbous abdomen with the famous red hourglass marking. This is one of many black widow spider myths, as this hourglass shape is actually two triangles facing each other, often not even touching. 

However, the danger is not a myth. Black widow spiders have an incredibly venomous bite as one of the only spiders that can transfer their venoms to humans. A black widow bite can result in nausea, fever, skin irritation, swelling, paralysis, and even death in certain cases when proper medical attention isn’t sought.

That’s why it’s important to recognize a black widow problem early. Black widow spiders will inhabit the low traffic areas of your home and yard, such as a cluttered garage, garden areas, within rocks and holes in the ground or under trees, or in your basement amongst your stored items. They prefer to seek shelter in areas of coverage where they are likely to encounter more of their desired pest prey. That’s why it’s important to wear gloves when working in the yard or reaching into these kinds of areas as you work in the garage or basement.

What You Can Do To Protect Your Family

Black widow spiders are some of the most difficult pests to control, as they are nearly impervious to the kinds of pest control solutions you can get at the store. However, you can use their appetite against them. Since they will only invade your home when searching for their pest prey, limiting pest activity on your property can help reduce spider attraction to your home. Here are the best ways that you can create a less conducive environment for pests on your property:

  • Maintain the lawn regularly. 

  • Control moisture issues throughout the property. 

  • Declutter the low traffic areas of the home. 

  • Store food and trash properly. 

  • Maintain a clutter-free yard. 

  • Store outdoor food and trash in proper receptacles. 

  • Seal up any potential entry points, cracks, and crevices.

Even though these methods can help you reduce your chances of a spider infestation, there is not much you can do to get rid of a pest problem or serious black widow problem on your own. Even attempting to utilize these DIY methods after an infestation has gained a foothold in your home can be detrimental, as you might give yourself a false sense of security as the infestation grows where you can’t see it. 

That’s why partnering with an American Pest residential pest control expert is the best way to get rid of a black widow spider problem in your home or yard. If you notice these pests or excessive webbing around the home or in the cluttered areas of your basement, garage, crawlspace, and yard, then give us a call to schedule an inspection. Don’t allow your family to be in danger any longer. Reach out to us today to take your first step toward a spider-free home.


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