Black Widow Control and Extermination

Using professional, effective methods, Aptive Environmental controls black widow spiders in and around homes.

Seeking help from a certified pest expert is the best way to ensure your entire home is protected from black widow spiders.
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Preventing Infestations

Our certified pest experts customize a solution tailored to your property after conducting a thorough investigation of your home. The Four Seasons Protection Plan ensures that you’ll be secure from spiders and other pests throughout the year. With Aptive, you’ll receive the best customer service and convenient, effective treatments to remove and prevent black widow infestations.

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Identifying Black Widow Spiders

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  • Where Do Black Widow Spiders Live?
  • Black Widow Behavior
  • How To Identify A Black Widow Bite
  • Symptoms Of A Black Widow Bite
  • Where Do Black Widow Spiders Live?

    Black widows build webs in secluded, well-sheltered areas with little traffic. Outside, their webs can be found in wood piles or in areas with protective ledges such as under outdoor furniture.

  • What Attracts Black Widow Spiders To Houses?

    Like other spiders, black widows go where conditions are favorable. This means where there is ample food and plenty of structure for shelter and safety.

  • What Attracts Black Widow Spiders To Houses? (Part 2)

    While more likely to inhabit woodpiles, rubble & cluttered landscaping, black widows can settle inside. Indoors, they’ll look for boxes, shoes, vents and other dark, rarely-used areas. These locations are typically in storage spaces, garages & sheds.

  • How To Get Rid Of Black Widow Spiders

    The best way to prevent an infestation is to eliminate as much clutter as possible. You should vacuum around corners & under furniture. Sealing openings & cracks, as well as installing screens & door sweeps, can prevent spiders from entering your house.

  • Black widows build webs in secluded, well-sheltered areas with little traffic. Outside, their webs can be found in wood piles or in areas with protective ledges such as under outdoor furniture. Indoors, black widows will choose dimly lit areas to build nests. Their webs are usually found at ground level and they will often choose a cluttered area or dim corner for protection. Basements, closets, and garages are common areas for black widows to build webs.

  • Black widows are nocturnal, though they spin their webs during the daytime. While the black widow’s web appears unorganized and disorderly, much planning actually goes into the building of their web. A black widow’s web is composed of three different zones. The lowermost zone is made up of trap threads for catching prey. The middle zone is composed of tangle threads, and the top portion is constructed of supporting threads. When an insect, such as a fly, grasshopper, or beetle, comes into contact with the web, the web will lift up towards the black widow. The spider will then bite the insect and wrap it in its silk.

    Despite their intimidating name, black widows are actually quite shy. Black widows would rather escape than attack a large predator. Black widows will even play dead by dropping from their webs in order to avoid attack.

    Female black widows attach pheromones to their silk in order to attract male black widows. In some cases, the female black widow will consume the male after mating. This is where the black widow gets its name. The black widow will then produce several egg sacs that are tightly woven and protect them fiercely until they hatch. Once hatched, only the fittest will survive. This is because black widow spiderlings are cannibalistic.

  • The black widow has a dangerous reputation. While black widows are venomous, they rarely bite humans. Even when bitten, a black widow bite poses little danger to humans. One can typically recover on his or her own with no medical intervention. However, it is always a good idea to know the symptoms of a black widow bite in case you have a severe response.

    1. Pain, burning, swelling and redness at the site immediately after being bitten.

    2. Muscle aches within 8 hours of being bitten.

    3. The development or a rash with itching.

    4. Nausea and stomach cramping.

    5. Two fang marks.

    While the severity of the reaction varies from person to person, these bites can be fatal in young children, the elderly, and in those with weakened immune systems. If you suspect you’ve been bitten by a black widow, you should make an appointment to see your doctor. You can ease symptoms by washing the area with soap and water, applying a cold pack to the area, and using an antibiotic cream.

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12 Month Plan - 5 Service Appointments

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  • Property Inspection
  • Pest Protection Year-Round
  • Aptive's Protection Plans
  • Reservices as needed
After our first visit, Aptive will return the following month to rid the exterior of any surviving pests and continue to treat your home year-round. To ensure exterior treatments are convenient, customers do not need to be home while we work.
Service begins with a thorough inspection of your property by a certified pest specialist. Risk areas are identified and treated using a customized protection plan that keeps your property protected from pests year-round.
Aptive’s protection plans provide an effective solution that keeps your indoor environment protected. Using the most progressive protection plan in the industry, our comprehensive extermination services and quality treatments have made us the fastest-growing pest control service in North America.
Aptive Environmental knows that for most homeowners it’s not if the pests will return, but when. If pest return between scheduled services, we return too— at no additional cost!
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If you see one or more black widow spider in or around your home, you should call an Aptive professional to exterminate. It is the safest way to get rid of black widow spiders. Aptive’s dedicated team uses professional, effective methods to remove spiders and ensure that your home is protected for the future.

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Aptive professionals make effective pest control convenient for you.

Our treatments, which are customized to your home, protect you from black widows and other pests throughout the year.