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Spider Season is Here, More Black Widows Are Near

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Black widows are appearing more and more into people's homes. “We have a wide variety of spiders. The only spider that we consider again of any concern around here is the black widow,” said Department of Agriculture Entomologist Jeff Knight.

Its spider season here in the Truckee Meadows… that means we're seeing a huge influx of black widows and other bugs outside right now. Spider season starts in early August and goes until late October and even early November. We did a check around the Channel 2 News property and found many webs filled with black widow eggs.

Sierra Pest Control technician, Rob Kornahrens is no stranger to tracking down spiders. On Wednesday he did a quick search around the Channel 2 property and found some black widow webs with egg sacs inside. "They certainly are more aggressive when there's babies around,” said Robert Kornahrens.

Experts say this year we're seeing as many as 75% more black widows during this time of year. “They like areas of leaf-litter, brush along the house, crawlspaces around vents,” said Robert Kornahrens.

Thanks to an unusually dry winter more bugs are out, and in this case black widows will hide during the day and come out when it's cooler. “It's starting to get cold and night. As it continues to get colder, they're cold blooded animals so they seek out heat,” said Knight.

That could mean YOUR home and in some cases these invaders could be deadly.

“There have been deaths but deaths from spider bites are really rare. Although spider venom can be very toxic, you get very very little of it when you get bitten,” said Knight. “The issue falls in with probably younger children, older folks, small pets.”

While it's unlikely you'll get bit, if you do... see the doctor.

“If it's severe enough and there's enough venom that gets into the skin or the body, you might notice some sweating, nausea, vomiting headaches,” said Dr. Jeremy Bearfield of Northern Nevada Medical Group.

Just to be safe, experts recommend a spray when there's a seasonal influx of spiders. Once in the spring and right now. “The best thing is to keep your house, keep the perimeter of your house clear from leaf litter shrubbery,” said Kornahrens. 

Some tips to be safe; wear gloves if you're doing yard work outside and be careful around dry cool places where black widows could hide, like wood piles or a garage or shed. If you get bit by the spider -- call the doctor.

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