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When people think of venomous spiders, their minds usually go to the Amazon rain forest or the Australian outback. Less associated with the United States of America than some far off, wild land, there are still plenty of venomous spiders traipsing around the good ol’ US of A. Luckily for us, though, there’s only one venomous spider native to New York state. What’s more, it’s the only venomous spider native to the entire tri-state area!

And that spider is:

The Northern Black Widow.

Many states have upwards of five or six different species of venomous spider, desert states have up to eight or nine, and Texas has a full 11 different ones! Not New York, though, nor anywhere in our surrounding area.

Here are some facts you should know about the Northern Black Widow:

  • They are jet black, with a glossy sheen, and feature the trademark red hourglass marking on their underside
  • The female of the species is considered dangerous, while the much smaller male is considered harmless
  • They are nocturnal
  • They are typically not aggressive, only resorting to biting as defense when they feel threatened or attacked
  • Black Widow webs look more like cobwebs than typical spider webs
  • You can find them mostly where it will be dark and the web will be protected from the weather: areas such as under logs and rocks; in cracks and crevices; and in wood piles, sheds, garages or barns

While it’s not such great news to find out we’ve got poisonous spiders in (some of) our own backyards, it should be somewhat comforting to know there’s little to fear from them. A vigilant eye and a little patience around a Northern Black Widow should keep you safe from harm.

Even so, there’s no reason to put up with an infestation of venomous spiders if one breaks out around your home. In such an event, call Rest Easy Pest Control immediately. Throughout Long Island and in each of the five boroughs, we’ve got professionals who know what to do, and how to do it. Let us take care of it, it’s our pleasure to do so.