I was suspicious when I initially heard of a garage full of hazardous brown widow spiders. “Are you sure you don’t mean brown recluse?” I inquired, presuming that two dangerous spiders, the brown recluse and the black widow, had become confused. The Brown Widow Spider has been expanding across the United States since the 1990s, according to ATAP Pest Control and a few minutes of online research.
What Is The Brown Widow Spider?
Other widow spiders, such as the infamous black widow, are related to the brown widow. It can be more difficult to detect than the shiny black widow with its prominent red hourglass, as it ranges in hue from tan to dark brown. The hourglass of the brown widow is more difficult to spot. Its legs appear to be striped, with pale and dark parts alternating.
Another symptom to keep an eye out for is its unique egg sac. In contrast, the brown widow spider’s skin is covered in pointed projections.
The Venom of the Brown Widow
Although the brown widow’s venom is twice as potent as the black widow’s, it is not nearly as dangerous. In normal circumstances, all widow spiders are non-aggressive and only bite when accidentally handled or touched.
Where Can You Find Them?
In addition to garages and sheds, brown widows can be found under patio furniture and in woodpiles. That means more brown widows around the house and more black widows in natural regions.
If you’ve experienced any of these signs, including but not limited to egg sacs and spiders with pointed projections, call an emergency pest control. You can also call us at (708)375-1160 visit our website to learn and get information about the Spider Basics and more.