Black Widow Spider. A species of spider well known for their large black body with a red hour glass, long black legs, and venomous bite.
The Southern Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans)
The Black Widow Spider has a neurotoxin called Latrotoxin which they use on prey for hunting, defense, and mating purposes (feel sorry for the spider fellas). The male Black Widow is generally too small to inject enough of the neurotoxin into humans. The female however is the one responsible for the bites dangerous to humans, although most Black Widow bites reported are generally non -fatal to humans. However bites to children and elderly should of course be taken to be seen by a medical professional who may advise an anti-venom treatment.
Black Widow species are notorious for placing there webs in the corners of garages near the door as well as around the exterior of houses low to the ground. A tell-tale sign of a web being that of a Black Widow is the strength of that web. Black Widows have very strong webs, which provide resistance and may not break at first with a cursory spray of a hose as most spider webs do.
The Black Widow Spider Is No Joke
Black Widows are a serious and dangerous household pest. Immediate treatment around the exterior of the home as well as the interior of garages is advisable. Special care should be taken if you have children or small pets in the presence of any species of Black Widow, not just our unfriendly southern neighborhood type we have here in the south.