Hot steamy summer in the U.S. leads to a boom in infestation of BLACK WIDOW spiders

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

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

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.

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