… another public service announcement …
I saw my first black widow spider many years ago – in a box of mail-order plants I was unpacking. Nothing bad happened. I smashed it with a trowel and it made a good story and I assumed I’d never see another.
I saw my second black widow spider here in the woods of central Virginia. It was a few years ago, maybe 2007 or 2008. I probably should have killed it.
I saw my third black widow spider on Monday of this week. On my front porch! I knocked it down and stomped on it with my garden clogs.
I saw my fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh black widow spiders yesterday. All in various place on the outside of our house. But now some of them were busily making babies.
I shredded my green credentials and called an exterminator. I really hated to do it, but we just can’t have so many of these things around. Everything I read about them says they inhabit damp dark spots generally hidden to human view. Well I don’t know about that – all the ones I’ve seen have been clearly out in the open. With the exception of one that was on the foundation nestled up against the first row of siding, all the rest were under the eaves of the house and garage. How many more are there in those damp dark hidden places?
What would Rachel Carson do?
More information about black widow spiders:
- Widow Spiders, Pub. 444-422, Virginia Cooperative Extension Service
- News story about Woodbridge, VA resident bitten by black widow