Brown Widow Spider Prevention

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Brown Widow Spider: Overview | Brown Widow Spider Bites | Prevention
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Distinctive egg sac of brown widow spider

Distinctive egg sac of brown widow spider, showing spiky, globular form. Some egg sacs are whiter than shown here.
Wikimedia Commons, Karmalie,
Sept 2008, St. Kitts

How to Eliminate Brown Widows?

Like other spiders, brown widows can be physically removed or terminated with insecticides. It helps to remove clutter from your home, yard and garage, though that will not completely eliminate brown widows.

Store garage items such as gardening gloves, roller-skates, boots, shoes and other items in zip closure bags to keep spiders out.

Sweep and vacuum regularly around windows, corners in rooms, in the garage, storage sheds and in your home. The brown widow spider is delicate and easily killed with a broom. Brown widows are most commonly found on the underside of outdoor furniture, in pots, garages, outdoor sheds and in surrounding landscaping.

Brown Widow Spider Ventral View Showing Hourglass

Underside of brown widow spider, showing hourglass marking.
Wikimedia Commons, Mfield, Matthew Field,
http://www.photography.mattfield.com, Sept 2009, Los Angeles,CA

Hose or sweep off cobwebs, nests and spiders from the outside of your home and other outbuildings.

Seal cracks in the foundation of your home and around doors and windows to keep spiders out.

Wear gloves when cleaning to protect yourself from spider bites.

Be careful when picking up boxes, pots or anything with an open edge where spiders may be hiding. Look at bins before taking your trash cans out, and use gloves to prevent bites.

Brown Widow Spider: Overview | Brown Widow Spider Bites | Prevention
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See also: Black Widow Spider, Brown Recluse Spider

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