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Today is black widow spider coming out day 
1st-Sep-2011 09:16 am
Jessie has an opinion
Apparently the cooler nights are bringing out the wildlife in ways I would rather avoid. This morning while doing chores, I kept encountering black widow spiders. The easy moral to this story would be to stop turning over the larger, scoop-bottomed items in the yard, but I kinda need that wheelbarrow, ya see, and it's only polite to dump and change the water in the big black trough.

For those who don't know, black widow spiders prefer to make their webs in the hollowed-out undersides of well-protected areas. The simplest example for almost everyone to visualize is a flipped-over kitty litter box. One corner or one half of that shallow plastic tub (now upside down) is perfect black widow habitat.
1st-Sep-2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
ugh - I'm sorry. Not a pleasant morning find by any stretch of the imagination.
1st-Sep-2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
1st-Sep-2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
I would modify that somewhat to "any dry, out of the way area." Mom and Dad found one in the hinge side of their most frequently used door - apparently despite the door being opened and closed several times a day it was quiet enough for the spider to take up residence.
1st-Sep-2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
Interesting! I would have thought that the traffic would keep her away.
1st-Sep-2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's what they thought too, and are now a lot more careful about checking stuff that gets moved a little more often.
2nd-Sep-2011 02:57 am (UTC)
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