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Signs You've Suffered a Black Widow Bite

Signs You've Suffered a Black Widow Bite

While human fear of spiders is generally much greater than the threat that spiders actually pose, there are still certain spider species that you don't want coming anywhere near you. And the black widow is one of those species. The tell-tale sign that you spotted a black widow is the red hourglass that is found on the underside of the spider. If you suspect that you or a family member has been bitten by a black widow, you don't want to go into a panic. Rather, you just want to stay focused on getting medical attention as soon as possible. These bites are very rarely fatal so in all likelihood you'll be OK. Still, you might experience symptoms that are quite unpleasant. Here are six signs that you've been bitten by a black widow.


After you've been bitten, there's a good chance that the initial symptom will be a headache. This could precede more serious symptoms, so you don't want to automatically assume that this is the only discomfort you'll experience.


Rashes could occur when you get bit by spiders other than black widows. However, if the rash is accompanied by feelings of sickness, then there is reason to believe that a black widow has sunk its fangs into you.

Fang Marks

If you see one or two little red spots on your skin accompanied by pain and/or swelling, then you've likely located the bite location. One thing you don't want to do is try to cut out the area with a knife, which will increase your risk of infection.

Muscle Cramps

If you have a more severe reaction to the black widow bite, then you may notice muscle cramps spreading out from the bitten area. The cramps could continue spreading for 12 hours or so.


A black widow can cause you to experience serious nausea, to the point that you begin vomiting.

Abdominal Pain

Along with nausea, your mid-section might be affected by significant pain. With prompt medical assistance, this discomfort can be alleviated.

When you need spider removal, be sure to call in a reputable pest control professional. For spider control in Phoenix Metro and Surprise, AZ, contact the experts at Core Pest Solutions at (623) 400-8981. Core Pest Solutions provides environmentally friendly pest control in Phoenix. Feel free to give Core Pest Solutions a call today to schedule an appointment!

Posted: June 02, 2021