Black Widow Spiders and Brown Recluse Spiders Prevalent in Texas| Inspect Children's Play Areas and Outside Toy

Black Widow VS Brown Recluse

Both are harmful if not dealy to humans so beware and take precautions especially for children and pets
Both are harmful if not dealy to humans so beware and take precautions especially for children and pets | Source

Black widow victims may experience these symptoms:

CALL 911 immediately after being bitten. Symptoms usually start within 20 minutes to one hour after the bite, but do not wait for symptoms.


  • Localized or generalized severe muscle cramps

  • abdominal pain

  • weakness

  • tremors may occur

  • In severe cases nausea, vomiting, faintness, dizziness, chest pain, and respiratory difficulties may follow.

Before Reaching Take A Peek

The mail is not the only thing to check when you open the mailbox
The mail is not the only thing to check when you open the mailbox | Source

Black Widow Spiders Everywhere Around My House

Since my yard was full of Black Widow spiders when I moved to McKinney Texas, I am an advocate for pest control. It was time to get control of the spider situation with a frequent pest control service.

There was a black widow nesting under the front porch overhang, another in the shed, hatching babies (10) jumping into our pool, another nesting inside some outside garden art, another hanging in our patio umbrella, yet another hiding in the slot of the garage door where the latch for opening it is located, and one in the mail box; just to name a few. I find myself always looking for the telltale signs of the long stringy webbing before sitting anywhere outside or climbing around in the shed. After all those episodes I can say that I am a bit paranoid and therefore eccentric in checking around for more.

I can confidently say that after having the inside and outside treated by a pest control company, I have not seen the likes of any black widows so this year. Most of us take for granted that reaching into places within our personal surroundings is safe. I was truly surprised and shocked to find so many of these black beauties around the premises of my house. Apparently the climate of the Texas prairie-lands is a natural habitat for some of the most dangerous of spiders. Baby spiders have the same venomous affect as adult spiders. Beware and check before allowing children in outside play areas. You may not even see the little rascals.

Widow Web

Widow webs are stringy looking not carefully woven.
Widow webs are stringy looking not carefully woven. | Source

Large Spider Carrying Eggs Sacs At Night

One night my dog woke me up to go out in the middle of the night....yawning I opened the back door and flipped on the light and there it was....A huge spider carrying an egg sac the size of a large grape. I immediately grabbed the collar of dog and made her wait inside as I decided to end the life of this doting mother. The spider was the size of golf ball with legs that towered over the egg sac being carried underneath the body. When the light came on it froze, but as I approached her she started to run. With the broom I smacked down on her, but she was so big it didn't seem to phase her much. I grabbed a large potted plant and sat it down right on top of her. I know it is sad, but in fact necessary. Though I am not sure what kind of spider this was since I smashed it before determining its type. I was too concerned that it was a brown recluse without thinking too much about killing a beneficial spider. I was glad that I got the egg sac before it hatched. There was in fact a Brown Recluse hanging from a large web in my fruit tree later that season. Spiders, like honey bees and other beneficial insects, do not seek to bite. They only bite or sting when provoked or threatened. Though I do promote harmless garden spiders as a beneficial member of the garden ecology, I do not see any benefit to allowing either the black widow or brown recluse to survive around my house.

What type of dangers would you expect from a brown recluse spider?

The brown recluse venom is extremely poisonous, even more potent than that of a rattlesnake. Yet recluse venom causes less disease than a rattlesnake bite because of the small quantities injected into its victims. The venom of the brown recluse is toxic to cells and tissues.

Brown Recluse: What type of dangers would you expect from a brown recluse spider?

The brown recluse venom is extremely poisonous, even more potent than that of a rattlesnake. Yet recluse venom causes less disease than a rattlesnake bite because of the small quantities injected into its victims. The venom of the brown recluse is toxic to cells and tissues.

The lesions will expand as flesh is destroyed from the venom. Seek medical attention immediately if the spider is undetermined. It is far better to be proactive than use the wait and see method before deciding to seek medical intervention.

Tarantula on the move during mating season

Tarantula In the Garage

After moving into our new house in Texas, we kind of expected to see more of nature's creations being on the fringe of development in the prairie-lands, but a tarantula....seriously?

The vacant lot beside our house was a pathway to this huge tarantula who came running out of the tall grass and into our open garage. My husband yelled....look out there is a tarantula behind you. Oh my goodness, it was a big brown fuzzy ugly spider looking creature for sure. We tried to scare it out with the broom and it responded. Bye bye tarantula, thanks for the visit now go home please and never come back!!!

I learned that male tarantulas seek females by making long treks across miles of terrain. I am sure this fellow was on a walkabout in the name of love.

When Hiking or Playing Around Woods

Wear high socks, covering skin is always best even in high temperatures. Always have the ability to call for help by cell phone, satellite or short wave radio if in deep tundra or wide open prairie-lands.

Northern Black Widow

Who is the northern black widow spider?

Tradionally, we all think that black widow spiders all look the same. However, that is not the case indeed. The northern black widow has a row of red spots down the middle of the upper surface of its abdomen and two crosswise bars on the undersurface. Just to make things interesting, the markings can also be yellow or white, and the spider itself may be brown or have red legs. I have definitely seen the yellow spotted backed black widow around my previous home in Maryland.

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Golfgal 22 months ago from McKinney, Texas Author

Wow glad you are doing ok. Some spiders are very beneficial but not the two in my article. Scary for sure


Rafael 23 months ago

The Hesses had a brown recluse insfatetion at their first house in Jeff City, but it probably won't hearten you to hear that they actually broke their lease and moved because of the critters.


Angus 23 months ago

if I hadn't gotten to the emeergncy room when I did, the inflammation from the bite might have gone to my brain. !!! Scary.The good news is, there's probably someone who can help. When I was trying to figure out what bit me, I tracked down a guy in NJ who was in charge of vector control for the state. He knew an amazing amount about spiders. "Vector control" basically means controlling anything that can spread disease or harm through biting, stinging, etc., so spiders qualify. I would say TN has a similar person, and that would be the very one to ask about handling a brown recluse infestation. If people go blank at the term "vector control", ask them who handles the state's mosquito control policy. Mosquitoes are a vector source of disease. That person should at least be able to get you on the right track.Alternatively, call some Nashville university's entomology department and ask for the spider specialist.


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Golfgal 4 years ago from McKinney, Texas Author

Hi barbiegirl28, Yes I could not agree with you more.....I do not want any near me either. Garden spiders really do keep the unwanted bug population wdown in the garden, but the black widows can stay in the fields or DIE!!!!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Ok - I got the heebie jeebies... maybe I shouldn't have read this. I hate spiders. I can't stand them. I get freaked out by them. My husband got a bite by a brown recluse when he was in the army. The guy snuck into his boot and had a snack.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

Wow, Northern Black Widow disguises its menace with beautiful and attractive look .


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Golfgal 4 years ago from McKinney, Texas Author

Hey AliciaC, thanks for stopping by....I am not very neighborly to these guys. SQUISH, SWAT, STOMP, SPRAY


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is an interesting - and scary - hub, Golfgal! I wouldn't like to live in an area with so many dangerous spiders. They would be fascinating to study, but terrible to have as neighbors.


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Golfgal 4 years ago from McKinney, Texas Author

Hi garnetbird, when I lived on mountainside in Maryland before moving to Texas I would notice a black spider with yellow markings on occasion and I didn't know at the time that it was a different variety of widow. Thanks for stoppin in and making a comment.


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GarnetBird 4 years ago from Northern California

Great Hub--we have occasional black widows behind my house in the mountains, and of course, we have to destroy them. No brown recluses--Thank God.


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Golfgal 4 years ago from McKinney, Texas Author

Thanks for visiting Ely, Hope you come by often. I am always on the look out as well. I can say I rest a little easier now that we have a bug control guy that comes around 5 times a year, but still I check.


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Ely Maverick 4 years ago from The Beautiful Archipelago of the Philippines

This is my great enemy when working at the garage. I always caution my family when doing clutters inside my shop. This kind of spider is indeed a deadly one.


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Golfgal 4 years ago from McKinney, Texas Author

Hey bmcoll3278, I wish I would have had a camera too, it was huge. At least that is what I remember from my 2am experience. Maybe it just seemed bigger at that time of night.LOL Yes, I can imagine there are many creepy crawlers in your profession too. Glad you came to visit.


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Golfgal 4 years ago from McKinney, Texas Author

Ahhhhh...never thought about that, I guess I will have my spider man spray the condensers just for you. Happy trails. thanks for coming by.


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Golfgal 4 years ago from McKinney, Texas Author

Wow...sorry to hear that Bedbugsbcond. Hope you don't as well. thanks for coming by.


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Golfgal 4 years ago from McKinney, Texas Author

Hey Susan, What can I say...I am a spider magnet. LOL. Thanks for coming by.


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Golfgal 4 years ago from McKinney, Texas Author

It was very early morning right as the sun was peaking up that I saw a huge brown spider in a tree web. I thought it was Brown Recluse by its appearance. It quickly dropped to the ground and disappeared at my approach. Thanks for your comments and coming by.


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bmcoll3278 4 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

You should have taken pictures. To find a recluse that big should be very rare. Here in Colorado, I have seen widows as big as large grapes. But did not know a recluse could ever get that big. Great hub. I work on satellite dishes and have to be very careful of these little guys as I am in crawl spaces a lot.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Very good! I've lived a semi charmed life around your neighborhood - and its possible that you've seen me somewhere or another....I've done a ton of residential air conditioning repairs in your area, and both of those spiders are fond of the insides of your condenser outside!


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Bedbugabscond 4 years ago from United States

I was bitten by a brown recluse when moving a wood pile. Wow, it was so painful. I have a large scar from where the bite was. Man I hope I never run in to another one again!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

When I lived in California there were always recluse spiders to watch out for. I would always be on the lookout for them. I feel so bad for you having to deal with them.

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American Romance 4 years ago from America

Are you sure a brown recluse was in a web in a tree? I thought they recluse? I don't know If I have ever seen one outside? I usually find them behind boxes in the shed or garage?

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