Southern Black Widow

Southern Black Widow

The southern black widow spider is commonly found in garages, around wood piles, or under houses hanging upside down in their strong webs. These spiders are typically about 1½ inches in length and are glossy, jet black in color with a red hour glass marking on their underside. They are widely spread over the southeast and southwest areas of the United States. Southern black widows are poisonous and can be very dangerous. The bite usually only feels like the prick of a needle and the initial pain disappears pretty quickly. However, muscle cramps in the shoulders, thighs, and back can appear as early as 15 minutes after the bite. In more severe cases, there may also be difficulty in breathing, nausea, or pain in the abdomen.