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What Every Frisco Property Owner Ought To Know About Black Widow Spiders

In our area, black widow spiders are a concern. Black widows have a venom that can cause serious illness. The more you know about these spiders, the better. Today, we're going to give you all the important facts you need to avoid getting bitten and to keep these spiders out of your home.

Black Widow Identification

If you're not familiar with what a black widow spider looks like, there are a few visual characteristics that can help with identification.

  • A black widow is entirely black except for a red marking.
  • A black widow is visibly hairless.
  • The markings on a black widow may be red, orange or yellow.
  • The marking on a black widow can be found on the abdomen.
  • The marking on a black widow may be in the shape of an hourglass or may appear as dots, depending on the age of the spider.
  • The marking on a black widow may look like an irregular line down the center of the abdomen.
  • The abdomen of a widow spider is shaped like an orb.
  • A black widow may be 1 ½ to 1 ⅜ inches long.
  • Males are smaller than females.

Black Widows In The Yard

When a black widow spider comes into your yard, you can expect it to hide in and around wood, brush, and leaf piles. You may also find one under your deck, stairs, and other exterior structures. The best way to avoid a black widow spider bite when you're out in your yard is to wear gloves and to be cautious. If you go underneath your deck, be sure to use a flashlight to inspect for the presence of black widow spider webs. These webs are made of strong material and constructed in an irregular manner. Keep in mind that black widows keep their egg sacs in their webs. Bites from these spiders usually occur when there is contact with a web and the female spider bites defensively to protect her eggs.

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Black Widow Prevention

The secret to reducing black widow spiders in your yard is to reduce the food black widows eat. If you have fewer grasshoppers, mice, lizards, snakes, mosquitoes, and bugs, you'll have fewer black widow spiders. Here are a few general tips for reducing black widow food sources:

  • Reduce exterior lights at night and keep your shades drawn. Many insects are attracted to light. If keeping lights off is a security concern, consider replacing white bulbs with insect-resistant yellow bulbs.
  • Reduce moisture. There are many bugs that are attracted to moist environments. A key way to reduce moisture is to make sure your gutters are clean.
  • Reduce standing water. Some mosquito species breed in stagnant water. Remove objects in your yard that allow rainwater to collect.
  • Keep your grass trimmed and remove unnecessary vegetation from your landscaping. This will help reduce moisture and also remove hiding places for mice and other animals.
  • Make sure your exterior trash is kept in covered receptacles, and that you have your trash removed from your property weekly. If your trash receptacles have an odor, pests will take notice.
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Why Choose Adams Exterminating?

  • Trained Entomologists & Service Technicians
    Our team brings a deep understanding of insect biology and behavior to create targeted pest control strategies. We're equipped with the latest techniques and technologies to effectively eliminate pests.
  • Customized Plans for Every Budget
    Recognizing that each space is different, we customize pest control services for every home or business. Our approach involves targeted solutions, addressing specific needs for your environment.
  • Trusted in the Community Since 1947
    With a legacy dating back to 1947, our pest control company brings decades of experience with a proven track record to keep your space critter-free.
  • Locally Owned & Operated
    As a locally owned business with offices in both Denton and Lewisville, we are rooted in the community and dedicated to serving our neighbors with personalized service.


Have questions? We are here to help. Still have questions or can't find the answer you need? Give us a call at 940-239-9786 today!

  • If your company puts out rodent poison at my house, will a rat die inside?
    Yes, this is a possibility. Ideally, we prefer to use traps on the inside and in the attic, and then place rodent poison in protected stations on the exterior (which could reduce the likelihood of having a rodent die inside). However, anytime a rodenticide is used, there is always a threat that a rat or mouse could die on the inside. If the dead rodent can be located and removed, this will fix the smell. Otherwise, we sell odor control products to help with unpleasant smells should this unfortunately occur.
  • Do you offer plans or bundles?
    Yes, we offer three different plans designed to meet your needs and your budget. Our perimeter, Home Guardian, and Home Guardian Plus are all designed to bundle your pest control treatment into a package that fits your needs. If there isn’t a plan that works for you, don’t worry, we will customize one that fits your unique needs.
  • I have a baby/toddler… is it safe to have treatment?
    While the products we use are toxic to insects, they pose almost no serious risk to people when used properly. However, it is always advisable to be careful when using chemicals around small children, including pesticides. If you have a small child, we recommend staying away from the treatment area while the service is being performed and then wait until the product has dried.
  • How do I get started?
    Contact us today for a free, no-obligation estimate! Regardless of your pest issue, contact us today to speak with one of our technicians. To make a plan, one of our licensed service technicians will come to your home or business and perform a thorough inspection of your property. Then, we will work with you to come up with a solution that meets your needs.

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