Wednesday, October 24, 2012
That is a photo I took of a black widow spider in my yard. I apologize if you feel like there are bugs crawling all over you for the rest of the day.
The red hourglass on the abdomen gives it away. Their bodies are black and shiny. They're basically enormously horrifying. A long time ago I read a Nancy Drew book that had black widows in it and have been terrified of them ever since. Perhaps rightly so. A bite probably won't kill you, but could result in temporary paralysis if you're not treated right away. It can kill pets, kids, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems.
Unfortunately, this is just one of several black widows we have found and killed. None have come in the house, thankfully. We used to have the exterior sprayed for bugs but I had that stopped about a year ago when I became paranoid about the chemicals. Problem is all our neighbors spray for bugs, and I have a feeling the bugs are flocking to our yard. Blergh.
I posted this photo on Facebook about a week ago and the general consensus was OH MY GOD KILL IT WITH FIRE AND NUKES AND SPRAY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. I tend to agree, although I still haven't re-hired our old pest control company. I plan to ask the orange oil company if their spray will keep these beasties away. Other plans are to tidy up the garage and perhaps leave the porch light off at night -- spider meals like to fly around the light, so it makes sense that spiders would camp out in wait.