News 12 at 11 o'clock / Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- People throughout the area are seeing a pest they have never come across before: Brown Widow spiders.
"You just don't know where they are," said Monica Jones as she searched her yard off Lumpkin Road. "They've been really abundant here in the past month and a half. I've really noticed them."
On Friday night, she found about 30 and then more on Saturday.
If you are looking for a pest control company in the area you can go to the CSRA Pest Control Association's website here.
"I started finding all of them and looking in all the crevices and corners and dark places and underneath stuff and I was shocked as to how many we had because I saw some during the day, but you really see a lot at night," she said. "They really come out at night and if you go with your flashlight looking, you're gonna find them."
Grown Brown Widow spiders have light and dark brown legs with a red hourglass shape on their stomach. Pest control experts say people are finding more and more in this area. They are native to Africa but have been transported to the U.S. through shipping and cargo.
"Shipping, airplanes, a lot of different ways and, of course, cars are the prevalent source here in the states, just moving from state to state," said Richard Isdell, president of A&R Exterminating Co.
They started mainly in Florida and California, but now, Jones is finding them here and so are her friends.
"The more people I tell, the more they start looking at their yards and under their furniture and under their shrubs and flowers. They're finding them," she said.
Brown Widows are also poisonous.
"The venom is twice as toxic as a Black Widow spider is, but they're not as aggressive as a black widow," Isdell said.
They are laying eggs in peoples yards as well. Their eggs are very distinctive looking, like a ball with spikes.
"They can hold anywhere from 200 to 300 babies in them so when these things hatch you don't want them all around your place. I know I don't," Jones said.
They can hide in crevices, dark spaces, potted plants and much more. Pest control experts say they tend to stay in stationary places that are cluttered or haven't moved in a while.
The best way to get rid of them is by calling a pest control company. You can also try just using an insect dust or spray. If you are looking for a pest control company in the area you can go to the CSRA Pest Control Association's website here.
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