Problem: Black widow spiders
Latrodectus species Several species of these poisonous spiders are found throughout the United States. Black widows live in secluded locations and feed on insects trapped in their webs. If the spiders are accidentally touched, or if their webs are disturbed, they will bite the intruder. The venom may cause serious illness and, on rare occasions, death. The females produce egg sacs that contain hundreds of eggs. The tiny spiderlings that emerge are also capable of inflicting poisonous bites. They may be carried long distances by the wind.
Remove loose wood, trash, and clutter from areas where spiders might hide. Wear gloves and protective clothing when cleaning up infested areas.