Want to control Black Widow Spiders? Check out this informative video on Spider Control and specifically black widows:
1- While they are one of the most deadly spiders, Black widow bites are not usually fatal. If you do feel sever reactions then call your local poison control center, or visit your local hospital.
2- Black widows get their name because they have been known to eat their mates after mating. However, this ritual is not the norm. I guess most husbands are smart enough to run away these days… and FYI male black widows are not always black, they are usually a combo of brown, white, and black with spots and/or strips.
3- Black widows are reclusive by nature. They don’t actively hunt prey. They wait for the prey to come to them. So black widow bites are not common. Usually you have to be antagonizing the black widow in order to be bitten.
4- Black widows are notorious for the red hour glass on their underside, but not all black widows carry this mark. Some only red markings on their bellies, some have red spots on top, and some have no red at all but are pure black. The Black widow does have an overall look is unique to their species, so if it looks like a black widow, red hour glass or not, then it most likely is a black widow.
There has been a lot of scorpion activity in other parts of the US recently. Las Vegas and Phoenix are reporting an increased number of scorpion stings and scorpion requests. Austin Texas has certain pockets that are full of scorpions. For those of us in Austin that must deal with scorpions its a relief to know that there is pest control service that can handle them.
As of right now we have not noted any significant increase in scorpion activity for the Austin area.
Stay tuned for more scorpion reports.