Black Widow

Our remedy for black widow control

First, contact us. Eliminating other insect populations that black widows thrive on is a good place to start with preventing spiders from invading your home. Black widow bites can be avoided by wearing heavy gloves when moving items stored for long periods outside or in garages, basements or warehouses. Store your shoes inside shoe boxes or shake them vigorously prior to wearing. When webs are visible, inspect carefully before putting your hand down under an object. Franklin’s spider control professionals can remove spider infestations and apply spider control materials that help prevent their return.

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How to Identify a Black Widow


Glossy black, often with red “hourglass” on back. May also be dark or light brown. 3/4″ length, 3/8″ diameter.


The black widow spider is found in all 50 states, but is not too common in the Midwest. Often living around wood piles, they gain entry to a structure when firewood is carried in. They spin their webs near ground level in protected areas, such as in cluttered garages, outhouses and stacks of firewood. The black widow is widely feared because its bite results in severe pain that may take several days to subside. Such bites are rarely fatal, but because small children and elderly persons are at risk, spider control is important if you suspect black widows.


Black widows eat any insect they can capture. They paralyze or kill their prey with venom, then inject a fluid that enables them to suck out the digestive liquid food. They can survive without food for several weeks to a few months.

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“Franklin has been providing us services for almost a decade. I live between Lake Michigan and Wolf Lake. I had spiders outside and inside, some so large (wolf spiders) they needed license plates! We also have mice in our garage. They spray the outside of our home 3x a year and for almost a decade, my home is spider and bug free. Mice are rarely seen. Daniel is our rep and is amazing. He’s a welcome site when he arrives and does a thorough job every time with exceptional customer service skills- I hope he remains our service provider for the duration in my home. Highly recommend Franklin AND Daniel!”

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Whiting, IN

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