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Mr. Longhorn
2500+ posts
07/11/06 10:57 PM
Getting rid of black widow spiders

Anyone have a good remedy of getting rid of these POSs? I killed about 10 of them in the garage 2 weeks ago, cleaned out the garage and sprayed some ORTHO Home defense and then now I found 2 in consecutive days. I know that the ortho wasnt made for them, but it was all I had, plus it kills them in about 30 sec.

Am I going to need to call out an exterminator or is there a special spray that I can buy. I found a couple in the backyard also, so I need it to be safe around plant/pets.

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Not that BobSponsor
500+ posts
07/11/06 11:17 PM
Re: Getting rid of black widow spiders [re: Mr. Longhorn]

The Link




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Brak
250+ posts
07/12/06 12:01 PM
Re: Getting rid of black widow spiders [re: Mr. Longhorn]

I've bought some kind of Spider killing spray insecticide at Home Depot. Works pretty good. Where do you live to have so many. I have them around my yard but I've never run across one in the house or garage. They mainly find out of the way places where it's dark.




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I don't know why. Maybe it's 'cause I'm cuttin' muffins.

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Mr. Longhorn
2500+ posts
07/12/06 07:19 PM
Re: Getting rid of black widow spiders [re: Mr. Longhorn]

We just built a house in a new development just south of Cinco Ranch. There are other houses on the street, just none next to us yet so I can shoo them the other way.

I actually killed a male last night, the other 15 were female. They just came out of God knows where and set up camp on my property. The builder even said that he has never seen one, so hopefully this is just a fluke

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ashmead's
250+ posts
07/12/06 11:16 PM
Re: Getting rid of black widow spiders [re: Mr. Longhorn]

Are they clearing lots or developing nearby land for houses? When we moved into our home 11 years ago, we backed up to a field. Never had a problem. As soon as they started bulldozing that field for new houses, we were overrun with black widows. I can still look at a web and tell you instantly if it was spun by a widow. Nasty little things.

Keep the garage clear, if possible, to eliminate the kinds of hidey holes they like. Avoid them. The female is the dangerous one, and she's usually pretty shy. Just don't blunder into her web. You'll know the webs because they look really random, with lines that stretch here and there from some box or pot, or log to the ground.


Good luck. When the lots were all finally cleared, the problem cleared up for us.

Hook 'em!

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Waxahorn
25+ posts
07/13/06 12:30 AM
Re: Getting rid of black widow spiders [re: Mr. Longhorn]

Get some orange oil cleaner in a pump spray bottle and keep it handy. One squirt will kill any kind of spider or other insect. Plus it is non-toxic to you.




" A man gotta do what he thinks right " - John Wayne

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TEXAS1026
1000+ posts
07/13/06 01:30 AM
Re: Getting rid of black widow spiders [re: Mr. Longhorn]

My brother-in-law was bitten TWICE by a black widow yesterday and spent the night in the hospital in horrible pain. It was so bad they had to put him in ICU (partly due to an existing heart ailment). He's currently in bad shape resting at home. The spider that bit him was probably between the size of a penny and quarter.

The spider guy (think Steve Irwin, but with spiders) came to my sister's house and said the best way to get rid of them is to kill their food source. Killing the spiders is hard because they don't come in much contact with poison, so the best option is to starve them. The spider guy sprayed a lot of the exterior of the house with powerful stuff after he saw several irregular webs (a sign of black widows) he also said the spider that bit my BIL was the largest he'd ever seen in the area (Frisco)

A good home remedy is peppermint oil. It supposedly keeps them away.




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TXSNOS
1000+ posts
07/13/06 02:34 AM
Re: Getting rid of black widow spiders [re: Mr. Longhorn]

A guy I worked with many years ago would actually eat them. He ate a lot of weird things.

Flick them up in the air and catch them in your mouth. Just be sure to bite them before they bite you.




TXs N Os

"To err is human; to forgive, canine."

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HornsN04
5000+ posts
07/13/06 03:22 AM
Re: Getting rid of black widow spiders [re: Mr. Longhorn]

TXSNOS, that is really really [censored] up.





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Mr. Longhorn
2500+ posts
07/13/06 11:03 PM
Re: Getting rid of black widow spiders [re: Mr. Longhorn]

Wow, I agree. That is [censored] up.

They are clearing some lots in front of us and in back of us, so maybe that does have to do with the recent invasion. As for getting rid of their food source, I think that is pretty close to impossible. They seem to like junebugs, probably because they are the most retarded insect alive. We hear them flying into our windows and the garage at night so the widows just snatch them up. I think that every other day or so, I am going to try and spray the ORTHO around the garage and backyard and clear all the webs, maybe they will get the hint. I only saw a male today, but I am about to check again tonight since that is when they come out.
Thanks for all the advice, I'll probably end up trying all of it.

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WolandSponsor
1000+ posts
07/13/06 11:53 PM
Re: Getting rid of black widow spiders [re: Mr. Longhorn]

Keep your vehicles tightly closed. You don't want any baby black widows hatching inside your car.






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Purple Rose
250+ posts
07/14/06 05:38 PM
Re: Getting rid of black widow spiders [re: Mr. Longhorn]

We recently had a problem with them, I killed a nest of baby ones and one in my kid's sand box, then Huck killed the Mama one & another one near the sand box. We ended up calling an exterminator out who sprayed the heck out of our outside & in our garage (although we haven't found any in the garage...but there's plenty of potential for them in there. Today I found a newly hatched nest of baby widows all dead in the same area where we killed the mama widow. Now I'm glad we called the exterminator.

This site has some info on controlling spiders: The Link

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