West Texas residents are reporting increased numbers of black widow spiders, and some experts say the drought may be the cause. Black widows are also common in New Mexico, and residents here should take note of health advice from our neighbors to the east.
Burr Williams, a representative from Sibley Nature Center in Midland, Texas, said they have seen an “above average number of black widows.” While not all experts agree, Williams said the drought increases black widows numbers since black widow predators tend not to survive as easily, allowing more black widow young to survive.
Black widows are classified as cobweb spiders and typically live in enclosed spaces such as rubble piles, sheds, garages, basements and crawl spaces. According to Mark Muegge, an associate professor and extension etymologist with the Texas A&M University system, it is advisable to check enclosed areas thoroughly before entering or reaching in and wearing gloves to prevent bites. If you are bitten by a spider, Muegge advises to bring the body of the spider to the doctor in order to facilitate treatment.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says that symptoms of a black widow spider bite may include the following symptoms:
- Profuse perspiration, and
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