Black Widows in Colorado: Understanding the Threat and Effective Control Methods

Colorado is home to various spider species. Among them, the black widow stands out as a notorious and potentially dangerous pest. With its venomous bite, the black widow poses a risk to both humans and pets. Local news outlet KDVR reports that due to the higher than average rain we have received this summer, there are a higher number of black widows along the Front Range.  In this article, we will delve into the world of black widows in Colorado and explore their characteristics. Additionally, we will discuss the risks, and provide effective pest control methods to ensure your safety and peace of mind.

There has been an increase of black widows in Colorado this summer

Identification and Habitat

Black widows are easily recognizable with their shiny black bodies, round abdomens, and distinctive red hourglass marking on the underside of the female’s abdomen. These spiders typically prefer dark, secluded areas. This includes places such as woodpiles, cluttered spaces, sheds, or garages. As you can see, this makes them a potential threat around homes and outdoor structures.

Venom and Potential Risks

Female black widows possess potent venom, which they use primarily for subduing prey. While bites from black widows are relatively rare, their venom can cause severe symptoms. For example, in humans, this includes intense pain, muscle cramps, nausea, sweating, and, in rare cases, allergic reactions. Prompt medical attention is crucial if you suspect a black widow bite. Colorado State University says female widows are most likely to bite in her web when protecting her egg sac.

A black widow spider in her web

Prevention and Control Measures

We’ve received a lot of rain this spring and summer, and while this has been beneficial in many ways, it has also increased the number of black widows in Colorado.

a. Reduce Clutter: Keep outdoor areas, basements, and storage spaces clean and well-organized to eliminate potential hiding spots for black widows.

b. Seal Entry Points: Inspect your property for gaps, cracks, and openings that may serve as entry points. Seal them using caulk or weatherstripping to prevent spiders from gaining access.

c. Outdoor Maintenance: Regularly trim vegetation, bushes, and trees around your property to reduce harborage areas for black widows.

d. Shake Out Clothing and Shoes: Before wearing or handling items that have been stored for a while, such as shoes, gloves, or clothing, give them a good shake to dislodge any spiders.

e. Professional Pest Control: If you suspect a black widow infestation or want to ensure comprehensive spider control, enlist the services of Complete Pest Control. We have the expertise and tools to identify and address black widow populations effectively.

Call us to schedule an inspection at (719)331-9646.

Safety Precautions

a. Wear Protective Clothing: When working in areas where black widows may be present, such as attics, basements, or crawl spaces, wear long sleeves, gloves, and closed-toe shoes.

b. Use Caution in Dark Areas: Always use a flashlight to illuminate dark spaces, ensuring you can spot any black widows or their webs.

c. Educate Children and Pets: Teach children to avoid touching spiders or webs, and keep pets away from potential black widow habitats to minimize the risk of bites.

Curious about the various types of spiders in Colorado? Check out our Spider Pest Control Page.

Local pest control expert removing black widow webs

Seeking Professional Help

If you suspect a black widow infestation or have concerns about spider populations on your property, it’s wise to contact a professional pest control company like Complete Pest Control. Call us at (719)331-9646 or use our contact form here. Our experienced exterminators can conduct a thorough inspection, develop a customized treatment plan, and safely eliminate black widows from your premises.

While black widows in Colorado can be a cause for concern, awareness and proactive measures can help minimize the risks associated with these venomous spiders. By understanding their habits, taking preventive actions, and seeking professional assistance when necessary, you can ensure a safe and comfortable environment for yourself and your family. Remember, at Complete Pest Control, we are always ready to provide expert guidance and effective pest control solutions to keep black widows and other pests at bay.

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