Black widow spiders (Latrodectus hesperus) are one of the most venomous spiders found in
. They are easily identified by the red hour glass
shaped markings on the underside of their abdomen. Although they are relatively
small when compared with many other spiders, their bites can be extremely
painful. The bite of a black widow
spider seldom causes death because they normally only inject small amounts of
poison when they bite. This usually lessens the severity of the bite and its symptoms. America
Black widow spiders are found in all the usual places and especially like moist areas. Garages, water meters, water wells, storage sheds, and outdoor lawn and patio furniture are just a few of the places they can be found.
They build unusually strong but irregular shaped webs that are normally found close to the ground. The strands of their webs are some of the strongest made by any spider.
If you happen to get bit by a black widow spider, you should seek immediate medical attention. The bite of a black widow spider can be extremely hazardous to young children, older persons and those with allergies or other medical conditions such as heart or breathing problems.
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