During the cold winter season, black widow spiders seem to disappear. Some may ask where they go and when to expect them back. As many know, black widow spiders are one of the top venomous spider species in Texas and throughout America. This is why when it comes to controlling spider black widows; it is at the top of the list. For those who wonder where black widow spiders go during the winter and when to begin preparing your home and yard for their arrival in the spring, A-Tex Pest Management will explain.
Overwintering Spider Pests
Black widow spiders are an overwintering species. When the temperatures drop, they will look for a safe or secluded area where they can curl up tightly and go into a dormant state. They will hide in cracks or the bark of trees, sheds, and even under large rocks. As long as they are exposed to cold temperatures, they will remain dormant. However, if a black widow spider invades the inside of the home where it remains warm, they may stay active. Black widow spiders prefer places where they can find food which includes insects and other spiders. However, black widow spiders can go months in between feeding which makes it possible for them to crawl around your home all winter long. In most cases, black widow spiders will look for a safe place to build their web and hide during the day. Unless the black widow spider has laid an egg sack, major invasion during the winter is rare. As the temperatures begin to warm up, the spider’s metabolic rate increases. This will awaken the black widow spider. Most black widow spiders only live a few years. A female can lay up to 900 eggs in a single egg sack and will only reproduce once or twice in her lifetime. As it may seem like 900 eggs is a lot many won’t make it to adulthood. The babies will eat each other if they don’t have a food source.
How to Keep Black Widow Spiders Out of My House or Yard
Controlling black widow spiders as the temperatures rise becomes important. Five percent of all black widow bites are fatal and lead to serious sickness and require medical aid. To help control black widow spiders, it is best to start before the temperatures begin to get warmer. Start by sealing the home from the outside. Most especially after the cold winter, inspect the outside of your home for any cracks or gaps that a spider can use to enter the home. Also, look around the yard. Spiders will hide in planter beds, block walls and other manufactured areas that may provide a dark hole for them to hide. Fill in all the cracks and gaps you find with a concrete mix or silicone caulking glue. Make sure you also have the exterior edges of your home sprayed with an insecticide. To keep spiders out you will want to have a barrier that can keep them out such as a pesticide or insecticide that can control spiders. It is also recommended to keep your home clean including inside the garage, in the shed and around the edges of the home. Avoid having clutter or it can provide hiding places for black widow spiders as well as a food source. Other pests are drawn to clutter and debris which will draw in other insects and spiders. To prevent a major infestation of pests, including black widow spiders, clean the outer areas as clean as possible.
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