How to Identify Black Widow Spiders

Identify Black Widow Spiders
Spider is the name of a dangerous insect, at the same time they are friend of ours. They help us by killing house insects. They help us controlling insects on our crops. But, few species of spiders are harmful and dangerous for us. They have strong venom and sometime they are deadly. Black Widow Spider is one of the most dangerous spider of this world. They can seriously injure us.

Getting rid of black widow spider is very complex. But, the prerequisite of getting rid of them is Identification of Black Widow Spiders properly. Today I will show you how to identify black widow spiders. We will categories the identification process into three divisions, i.e. 01. How to Recognize Black Widow Spiders, 02. Know Their Habits, and 03. Understand The Danger Of Their Bite. Let’s see how to identify black widow spiders sequentially.

First Step: How to Recognize Black Widow Spiders?

They are the very common figure across the North America. The US, Canada, and their neighboring countries are ideal habitat for Black Widow Spiders. Black widow spiders are considered the most venomous spider of the world.

The Females are most dangerous. We can easily identify them. They are black in color, half inch long, spherical abdomen, and the most important sign is red hourglass on her abdomen.

Male Widow Spiders are not venomous. But, it is important to identify them. They are small in size, about ¼ inch length. They have several red dots on their abdomen and their color is gray or brown. Another important sign is they have red or yellow bands on their back.

Spider lings: they are the new born black widow spider. At the first stage, that means after born they are white or off white in color. Their color turned into dark with their age. They do now show any sign of whether they are male or female. At this stage they do not have venom.

Second Step: Know Black Widow Spider’s Habit

Black widow spiders love to live in dark, holes, cavities, cracks, boxes, among firewood, and so one. They become active during night, because they are nocturnal insect.

  • Black widow spiders produce stronger nets than other spices of spiders. Like other species they use their net for catching pray and storing cocoon of eggs.
  • They are generally found in dark places, edges of the room and furniture, storage, garages, periodic used goods and also vehicles. They generally choose non disturbing places for creating nest.
  • They love to live in territory, so you will find a lots of black widow spiders at a single place.


Third Step: Understand the Danger of Their Bite

We have already discussed that the only female black widow spiders have dangerous venom. How strong the black widow spider’s venom? It is said that their venom may be 15 times stronger than the venom of Rattlesnake.


That venom is neurotoxin, which can aches muscles, produce abdominal pain, create breathing difficulties, and nausea. Don’t be afraid of black widow spider’s venom, medical science is now very matured. If anyone can take immediate medical treatment then the venom will not do any major damage. But, if do not take right medical treatment in time then a bite may lead us to death. 

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