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Black Widow Spiders
« on: June 10, 2009, 07:58:29 PM »
Over the past week I have killed SIX black widow spiders on my back porch (four big full grown femals, one medium sized female, and one small male and/or very young female).  I also found a couple egg sacks (I destroyed them as well).  What is the best way to get rid of these things?  Do I just keep killing them as I see them and hope they don't come back...or is there something better out there?
 
My back porch isn't full of bugs or anything.  I've lived in this townhome for about four years and never had this issue before.  I'm dumbfounded why they suddenly decided to setup their webs to catch prey here. 
 
On a side note...spiders and I don't get along.  I've been known to scream like a little girl and ghostride my bike into a tree as a result of running through a fully loaded web on the trail.  Are spiders attracted to fear? 

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Re: Black Widow Spiders
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2009, 08:40:56 PM »
with the exception of the hour glass males look nothing like the females and are not poisonous. as far as getting rid of them i say kill them all
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Re: Black Widow Spiders
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2009, 08:43:48 PM »
The bug smoke bomb type units work well, I had a shop that was red iron and it had alot of BW spiders, the bombs that you pour a little water into and leave, in the morning all kinds of dead ones !
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Re: Black Widow Spiders
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2009, 08:51:46 PM »
I've been known to scream like a little girl and ghostride my bike into a tree as a result of running through a fully loaded web on the trail.  Are spiders attracted to fear?

LOL, that's funny.  So I'm guessing you're not the first guy down the trail at 8 in the morning?
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Re: Black Widow Spiders
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2009, 09:06:07 PM »
whats real fun is when your in the woods turkey hunting and walk face first into a big banana spider web and it crawls across your neck :o
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Re: Black Widow Spiders
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2009, 09:19:46 PM »
On a side note...spiders and I don't get along.  I've been known to scream like a little girl and ghostride my bike into a tree as a result of running through a fully loaded web on the trail.  Are spiders attracted to fear?

Yeah, a early morning ride or two will cure that for you... you get used to the webs hitting you in the face after about the 1st 4 or 5...

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Re: Black Widow Spiders
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2009, 08:50:38 AM »
Are you sure they're black widows? I know the species are web builders but I've personally never seen one out in the open. There are a couple of pretty similiar looking species around that I see out in the open pretty frequently that make me do double-takes. There's a dark brown one of similar size and shape that has orange spots that I see all the time which seems to like building very prominent webs in the corners of concrete structures. All the true black widows I've see are always tucked up inside something or atleast tight into a secluded corner. Maybe it's just because I open a lot of j-boxes doing my work but they seem to like electrical junction boxes and splice cans as that's where I've seen 95% percent of all the ones I've ever seen.
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Re: Black Widow Spiders
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2009, 10:12:34 AM »
Definately back widows. They were black with the red hourglass (I gave them all a real close look before saturating them with Raid).

Funny/sad thing about my trail ride spider experiences is that I'm always out early enough to be one of the first. I'm fine with the empty webs...it is the ones with the big, harmless spiders that catch a ride on my face that freak me out. I think it is more of the suprise of a huge spider on me that freaks me out...I'm really not freaked out with spiders that don't invade my personal space.

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Re: Black Widow Spiders
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2009, 10:40:22 AM »
those big ones are banana spiders. really creepy
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Re: Black Widow Spiders
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2009, 10:42:45 AM »
Any pics>? more than likely it was a Brown Widow

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Re: Black Widow Spiders
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2009, 01:12:28 PM »
Alan
I use Demon WP you get at your pesticide general store. they are hard to kill they don`t clean themselves so when they walk thru the poison it does not kill them, So you have to kill off there food source. you mix one packet to one gal of water and put in a pump sprayer.. good luck with that.
 
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