Black Widow Spider

March 31, 2011 by staff 

Black Widow Spider, Precautions are taken, but Kayla Randell is still creeped by the sight of a spider that ultimately led to the evacuation of her family Wednesday morning.

Corner Brook’s wife said she was preparing for Tuesday night, when she spotted a spider on the bedroom wall of the corridor. She went closer to what she described as a large spider, and said she knew she was different from that of typical native spiders.

“It was huge,” she said. “It was a big black body with long legs. He had an hourglass shape, but he was turned sideways, as if the hourglass was overthrown.”

A little panicked at the sight, she tried to kill the spider. She said she knocked on the floor and scurried under a radiator. Then she tried to suck.

As she replayed the events in her mind during the next hour at half past one, she decided to display images of the spider cell phone Facebook to see what people thought of him. This is where the initial proposals it was a black widow came, she said.

More than ever anxious, she called the RNC for advice. Based on her description and photos of mobile phone, she said police told him that the spider was poisonous and she and her children must leave the residence on Gillams Road.

The morning report RNC said police received a complaint from a resident of Corner Brook; she discovered a black widow spider lives in her house. The RNC said it had consulted experts at the Newfoundland Insectarium and the family moved to their choice. The report also indicates a local pest controller would correct the situation Wednesday morning.

Bob Crocker of K & C Pest Control is looking for a spider on Wednesday and captured in a jar. Lloyd Hollett of the Newfoundland Insectarium he identified as a spider fairly common home, nothing alarming.

However, Randell said he was not even the spider she saw the night before. She said the spider was captured in a different color and smaller. She is always worried and had her house blown up by Wednesday afternoon pest controller.

One of her mobile phone pictures, but not obvious, seems to show some resemblance of an hourglass on its side on the spider.

“I’m majorly concerned,” she said. “I want to kill him.”

Crocker said he searched the home thoroughly and found no evidence of any other spider.

Meanwhile, Hollett said the spider caught a lot like a black widow, having the same shape, but it is more of a brown, smaller and without the hourglass shape.

“That does not mean there is not a black widow in the house, but that’s what was found in the spot,” he said. The lady said she saw something bigger, but sometimes when you’re afraid of something, it seems bigger than it really is. ”

Hollett estimates to 20 black widows a year are seen in the province. In general, they arrive by producing – usually grapes and sometimes bananas. He said they are usually found in stores or on the banks of the product is delivered

He encourages people who see a spider they believe is rare to contact the Newfoundland Insectarium. It can help to identify the spiders if the person is able to describe or send a photo. He also said that there are provincial or federal departments or agricultural universities, which may also help.

“Every two days I get an email or phone call, wondering what a thing,” he said. “It is generally not a black widow, but …

“If you are unsure, do not handle it. You can always call the local pest control companies to take care of her.”

Hollett said most spiders do not bite and are fairly easy to catch.

Black widows are found in temperate regions around the world and are identified by colors, trademark hourglass on the abdomen. They are known for their venomous bite, but said the death of man Hollett is a rarity.

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