How to Identify Black Widow Spiders


The adult Black Widow female is usually jet black and nearly 1/2” in length. The underside has a red hourglass marking. The males are half the size of females and light brown with a yellow hourglass marking.


This spider is usually found around shrubbery, in woodpiles, under boards and around brickwork, especially where brick and wood siding extends close to ground level.


Black Widow female spiders produce a neurotoxic venom which affects the nervous system. Some of the symptoms involve a numbing pain in the affected area and cramps in one or several of the large muscle masses.


It is virtually impossible to prevent a Black Widow problem, but because of the severity of the bite, professional control measures are crucial.


A professional treatment is the best way to control Black Widow spiders in a given area. Cook’s Pest Control offers professional treatment for the control of Black Widow Spiders. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your spider problems.

Don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies or unprofessional service. Call Cook’s, the South’s reliable pest control service. We provide free pest identification and free evaluations with no obligation!

About Spiders

  • All spiders are eight-legged, and they can enter a home in a variety of ways: on clothing, through cracks under doors, and more.
  • Most spiders can’t harm people, except for a few species like the brown recluse and black widow.
  • A Cook’s professional knows how to spot and control all types.