Black Widow Spiders

What are black widow spiders?

black widow spiders in tennessee

The black widow spider is a species of venomous spider that lives in most counties in Tennessee.

They are glossy black in color and have a distinct orange or red hourglass shape on their bellies.

Females can be 1 ½ inches around with their legs fully extended and have eight eyes arranged in two rows of four.

Males are considered harmless and are about half the size of females; they also have red or yellow spots or bands on their sides or back.


Are black widow spiders dangerous? 

Black widow spiders are a venomous spider and their bites can affect humans. However, it’s extremely rare to experience long term complications or death from a black widow bite. Some people don’t even notice that they have been bitten right away while others identify the bite as a sharp pain. The severity depends on the location of the bite, how much venom was injected, and the person's individual sensitivity. The black widow's venom travels through the blood stream and affects the nervous system. Some common symptoms include severe cramping of the back and the abdominal muscles, tremors, fever and labored breathing. These symptoms typically subside within a couple of days. If you are bitten by a black widow spider, seek medical attention immediately and, if possible, collect and bring in the spider for identification.

Why do I have a black widow spider problem?

Black widow spiders prefer to live and build webs in areas that are warm, dark and closed-in. They are often found along the perimeter of home, crawl space doors and AC units. Because of this, regular exterior applications similar to what is provided with Perimeter Plus pest control or Green Choice pest control can greatly reduce black widow spider populations.

How do I get rid of black widow spiders?

Call a professional pest control company for help getting rid of black widows.  At All-American Pest Control, we offer home pest control services that target black widows as well as house spiders and other household pests. 


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Can I do it myself?

It is difficult to control black widow spiders without the help of a professional exterminator since they mainly live outdoors. It can also be dangerous to try to handle them on your own since they are poisonous and can cause severe allergic reactions in some people. If you are experiencing problems with black widow spiders, contact All-American Pest Control today

Why choose All-American Pest Control?

With 50+ years of industry experience, we know the time, effort and commitment it takes to solve pest problems. With All-American Pest Control, you’ll receive services, a serious commitment, and thorough treatments from our trained experts.

How can I prevent a black widow spider problem in the future?

The best way to prevent black widow spiders is to eliminate their preferred habitats. Black widows prefer to stay in cluttered, undisturbed areas. So keep basements, garages and other storage areas uncluttered and your yard free of debris to help decrease the population. Seal cracks and crevices in foundations make sure that that screens are intact to prevent pests from entering your home.

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