The number of Black Widow spiders is rapidly increasing in New York as a result of a mild winter and scorching summer.
Although not common in the Tri-State area, there have been reports of a boom in spider activity which experts believe is down to the weather.
Spider exterminator Bernie Holst said he is seeing more of the Black Widow spider and that homeowners should be on the lookout.
Small but dangerous: The hot summer has resulted in a boom of Black Widows, seen here next to a quarter to highlight their small size
‘Be aware that the Black Widow spider is around,’ Holst told CBS news, ‘It can be dangerous.’
The weather has led to an increase in insects which has seen the predator spiders follow.
Holst warns to keep an eye on any areas which would be rich in the insects the spiders eat such as storage areas or open areas under porches.
He added that Black Widows ought to be dealt with by professional due to the danger of their bites.
BLACK WIDOW SPIDER
Bad name: Most bites from the Black Widow are not lethal
Black Widow spiders, also known as Latrodectus spiders, are famous for their red hourglass pattern on their black body.
They are named after their violent mating ritual, which takes place once a year, after which it is common that the female eat the male.
They are only 1.5in long – not much bigger than a paper clip – and spin large cocoon-like nests. In which the female can lay up to hundreds of eggs.
Its venom is reportedly 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s and its bite produce muscle aches, nausea, and a paralysis of the diaphragm .
Not all bites are lethal and most people suffer no serious damage after a bite.
Reports of death from Black Widow bites are commonly elderly people and small children.
Fortunately these are rare as the spider will only bite in self-defence if they feel they or their nest is threatened.