NWR: question about black widow extermination…

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
1154 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I’d do both.  Call the pest control company first, then when they leave do what you planned to do anyway just to be safe.  

Post # 3
10454 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I know there are also spider sprays.  When we moved in the spiders were ridiculous, we had webs on the grass, all over the deck and by the doors, etc.  We used it just to keep them away from right by the door, where we sit, etc.  It seemed to last quite a while.

These were not black widows though!

Post # 5
2642 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

coffeeismypoison:  BURN EVERYTHING!  At least that’s what I would do because I have a hugely irrational fear of all spiders.

But seriously, it sounds like what you are doing would work – though I’ve never done it.  I would suggest getting a pest control company to do a perimeter spary after you wash everything though – to keep them from coming back and out of the house.  Good luck!

Post # 6
5968 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017


coffeeismypoison:  I would call the pest control people immediately. Black widow spiders can be dangerous for pets and humans, especially small children. I would also still do what you were going to do yourselves. But I definitely think calling an exterminator is a great Idea.

Post # 7
2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

coffeeismypoison:  I’d move- because I’m with PP- I have a somewhat ridicuous fear of spiders- which we have our fair share here- BUT they are not black widows.  I wouldn’t wanting to be use chemicals either, but the spiders might be worse for fido?  Try the method you mentioned above- but if you see even one black widow after the fact, I’d call an exterminator and ask for pet-friendly options.

Post # 8
1473 posts
Bumble bee

If the chemicals get rid of the spiders, couldn’t that potentially be safer for your pet? There may be some animal safe sprays out there – you could probably call pest control, tell them you’re concerns and they could give you a free estimate and let you know if they have any pet friendly products.

But I’m totally with PP – I would move if this happened to me!

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