Black Widow Spider

Black Widow Spiders in Vancouver, Surrey and Lower Mainland

Black Widow Spider Picture

Black widow spiders are black, with characteristic red hourglass on back, having 8 legs, round, and 3/4 “long and 3/8” in diameter.

Black widow spiders are most recognizable for the red hourglass shop on the back. Contrary to legend, female black widow spiders rarely devour the male black widow spiders 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 firewood.


Black widow spiders are often found around woodpiles 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 no bite humans instinctively. The black widow bite can cause severe pain. Young children and the elderly are especially susceptible to a severe reacting to a black widow spider bite.

black widow spider Prevention

Avoid black widow spider bites by wearing heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time. Spiders often hide in shoes, so check shoes and shake them out before wearing. When spider webs are visible, use caution before putting your hands or feet in that area.

Contact us today and our spider exterminator will help with a black widow spider infestation in your Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey or Burnaby, BC home or business.