Identification:  The overall length of a female black widow is 11/2 to 1 3/8", including legs, with males being about half the size.  They are typically black in color with 2 red triangles in the shape of an hourglass on the underside of the abdomen.

Habits:  The female deposits her eggs into a silken sac that is white originally, but turns a pale brown soon after it is made.  Black widows often use protected places to live, such as under rocks, or woodpiles.  Indoors they will live in seldom-used areas, such as garages, basements, or crawl spaces.  These spiders are most common in southern states and are rarely found in the great lakes region.

Control:  The best method for the control of spiders should begin with an exterior treatment, with the appropriately labeled residual pesticides, as well as, an interior spray around doors and windows and spider harborage areas.  If you encounter theses spiders, Monroe Monroe Pest Control Co., Inc. has highly qualified personnel who will eliminate these pests.  We stand behind our work and offer a full warranty with our services.

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