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Black Widow

Pest Identification:
Appearance:
Female is ½ inch in length. Shiny black in color. Distinct red hourglass-shaped mark on underside of abdomen.
Habits:
Can be found anywhere- inside or outside. Nests are usually built close to the ground.
Diet:
Insects trapped in the web made by the female.
Reproduction:
Unlike the myth, females are usually unsuccessful in eating the male after mating. 300-400 eggs are laid in a silky cocoon and hatch in 10 days.
Other Information:
Black Widows are not particularly aggressive, and won’t bite unless provoked; however, their bite is poisonous. Seek medical attention – rarely fatal.