Black Widow Spiders

First, I would like to say Happy Father’s Day to all you guys who have worked so hard to be a good dad! It is one of the toughest jobs a man can have, and the most enduring- even if unemployment is up! THANK YOU for sticking with it; those little ones need you guys…so to dads, step-dads, and all you guys who participate in the lives of children thank you for your dedication and patience!

BY THE WAY, this post just shows another important task of you fathers….protecting the little ones!  Also those women who might be afraid of spiders, for instance, myself!



Last evening my husband took a tour of our garage to find and “rid” us of any black widow spiders. He does this in the summer as they love dark places and our garage is a favorite hangout (also under things such as BBQ’s, outdoor tables, inside of wood piles-just as examples.)black widow


He found this one and asked if I would like to take a photo. She let me get quite close (though not too close for my comfort) – she was a big one. There are only four things I will kill if necessary: venomous spiders rattle snakes, mosquitoes and flies. The National Geographic website had this to report about black widows.

“This spider’s bite is much feared because its venom is reported to be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s. In humans, bites produce muscle aches, nausea, and a paralysis of the diaphragm that can make breathing difficult; however, contrary to popular belief, most people who are bitten suffer no serious damage—let alone death. But bites can be fatal—usually to small children, the elderly, or the infirm. Fortunately, fatalities are fairly rare; the spiders are non-aggressive and bite only in self-defense, such as when someone accidentally sits on them.”

I think it is extremely important to put deet (mosquito repellent) on children and adults, if you are able. There is a new virus that makes a person very ill. Also, I have never been certain that they do not carry the aids virus. They do “take your blood” when they bite.

It always pays to be aware of some spiders – for your children’s safety. I wrote a post a while back about the brown recluse, and posted a photo of the damage one can do…it is deadly.

Northern California host’s lots of rattle snakes. Clearly if you hear a rattle and there isn’t a baby around – keep your eyes keenly aware of your surroundings.

This isn’t to alarm anyone, but knowledge is power when used and we all should share information that could be life saving. Someone made me aware of the brown recluse.

Oh the web of a black widow is very sticky-you can tell if it’s a black widow; and they hide during the light.

Enjoy the great outdoors – enjoy nature – just use good sense, and particularly for the little ones as they trust you to care for them. Have a beautiful day and a safe one! God bless you all.


I will be placing this same post on the website today because of it’s importance to us all.





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2 Responses to “Black Widow Spiders”

  1. vhhp Says:

    Please try to keep away from the poisonous creatures instead of killing them. They too have some specific task to be fulfilled like us. Love to live and let other live. Let us not forget that we are sharing the same planet.

  2. Marsha J. O'Brien Says:

    Yes, we are sharing the same planet, and I do respect all life. I would not even try to count the number of spiders and bugs, and flying things I have picked up and placed safely on a leaf, or taken outside. I have even picked up a few , non-lethal, snakes and released them to a safer place – and a place where my grandchildren would not be afraid to play. However, when a fly circles around me and lands on my food or when a mosquito bites me and the bite begins to itch and swell, then I wished I had gotten rid of them instead of tolerating their pesky behaviors. Some bugs, spiders, and snakes are definitely worth avoiding, but if it comes to a child being molested by them, or even myself, I will take up arms and do what my God-given intellect tells me to do.

    You will never find a more peace seeking person than I am. I believe we are here to love one another. The violence of mankind sickens me, and I feel saddened and tearful when I hear of someone being injured or killed – even if I do not know them.

    However, there is a point where even I draw the line. I would be a warrior for my family is ABSOLUTELY there was no choice. I will also shoo away anything that might be dangerous for my family, but if I cannot be rid of the danger – then the warrior will come to fruition.

    By the way, my friend, I did not kill the spider, nor did I tell my husband to do so. He did it so I would not be in danger if I accidentally brushed against the web. He feels I have had more than my share of pain this past year, and did it for my protection.

    Thank you for sharing your feelings on this, and now you know mine. Be safe and enjoy your day. (Oh, if you get a chance look up the post on the “brown recluse” spider – you might find it interesting.)
    Blessings to you and your family.

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