How Dangerous Are Black Widow Spiders In South Carolina?

September 24, 2019


Can you list the symptoms of a black widow spider bite, or are you only aware that being bitten is not a good thing? It’s okay if all you know is that a black widow's bite can be dangerous, especially if that means you are avoiding them as much as possible. However, if you would like to know more about the dangers black widow spiders pose, that is what we are talking about today. Stick around to learn more!

a black widow on front porch of south carolina home

Why Are Black Widows Dangerous?

As you may know, spiders bite and they have venom strong enough to kill their prey. The biggest difference between most spiders and a black widow is the potency of their venom. A house spider’s venom is enough to paralyze a fly, but a black widow’s venom is strong enough to kill small animals (and, in some cases, larger animals or even humans). Fortunately, because of the availability of quality medical services in the U.S., most potentially deadly effects of a black widow bite can be easily treated. Regardless, being bitten by a black widow, treatments or not, can be an extremely painful experience. Here is a list of symptoms that can result from a black widow bite:

  • Nausea

  • Chills

  • Fever

  • Muscle Cramps

  • Spasms

  • Stomach Pain

  • Body Pain

  • Shock

  • Severe High Blood Pressure

Fortunately, black widow spiders are not looking to bite humans and will most often simply run away. Bites mostly occur when black widows are trapped against the skin, such as when you are grabbing something in the yard that has a black widow in it or slipping your foot into a shoe with one hiding within.

How Black Widows Get Into Homes

Black widows do not look for ways to get into homes. More often than not, if they are inside, they got there by accident. Some common places black widows get into homes include through cracks or holes in your home’s foundation, through gaps around window and door frames, around loose utility piping, under doors, and through torn window screens.

Why You Need Professional Services

If you are looking for a way to stop wandering black widows from accidentally wandering into your home, our team here at Aiken Pest Control is here to help. We would be happy to come inspect your yard and home for black widow spiders, eliminate any we find, and set up a lasting barrier to keep future black widows at bay. Interested in getting started with our pest control services? Give us a call to learn more.




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