Black widow spiders are most recognized for the red hourglass
shape under their abdomen. Contrary to legend, female black widow
spiders rarely devour the male black widow spider after mating.
Black widow spiders spin their webs near ground level. They
often build their webs in protected areas, such as in boxes and in
Black widow spiders are often found around wood piles and gain
entry into a structure when firewood is carried into a building.
They are also found under eaves, in boxes, and other areas where
they are undisturbed.
The venom of a black widow spider is a neurotoxin and is used as
a defense. Black widow spiders do not bite humans instinctively.
The black widow spider bite can cause severe pain. Young children
and the elderly are especially susceptible to a severe reaction to
a black widow spider bite.