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BLACK WIDOW

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.

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