Black Widow, Friend or foe?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Southern28Chick, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I was out watering down the chicken's only about 98 but the chickens act like it's 198. Anyway I was spraying water around Blind Tiny's yard and a stream hit a spider web. The spider thought it was a bug moving her web and came running out from the under part of Tiny's roof. It was a black widow. I know they're poisonous. We've have a lot of flies around lately and I'm sure the spider will take care of a lot of them but should I rehome her since she could get scared and bite me or DH if we startle her when closing up Tiny's house at night?

    What do y'all think?
  2. angelmarie

    angelmarie Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    if you have small children around or pets i say get rid of it, but as far as being harmful to the chickens mine love to eat black widows
  3. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

    Mar 7, 2007
    Mount Airy, NC
    Children = foe

    No children = I would consider it a friend
  4. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    Hmm... if you know she's there and would like for her to stay, you (and DH) would have to remember to be careful anytime that you were around Blind Tiny's house. If she's in the way, or you would feel better (it would me!), you could re-home her to another section of your yard or property line.

    I don't think they are aggressive, mostly they would want to hide. I remember someone on here has some in her flower garden or veg. garden, she said she taps the webs and the spiders go hide until she's done. I think they posted on the thread about the carolina wolf spider.
  5. ChuckenGirl

    ChuckenGirl Songster

    Dec 22, 2007
    Maryland :)
    whats a black widow look like?
  6. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Songster

    Oct 29, 2007


  7. ChuckenGirl

    ChuckenGirl Songster

    Dec 22, 2007
    Maryland :)
  8. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Quote:Wait a minute and I'll get a good picture of her. She's staying.
  9. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    Hi Southern!

    I'm the one who has black widows in my garden beds. I love them! I tap the egg of the bed and they hide. I just realized why my chickens don't eat them, as they 'tap' the sides of the beds before they hop into them [​IMG]

    Seriously, I would leave it alone and be grateful for the extra bug patrol. This is my 2nd year with them in my beds and they haven't caused any problems or bitten anyone.

    I have to say, the widow's end of the strawberry bed had the biggest most perfect berries. The end without a widow had slug damage on almost every berry. I don't think she eats the slugs, I think they avoid the webs. Either way, I win. It's a lot easier to wash webs off a berry than to cut around a slug hole!

    Late this summer watch for little papery balls near her web. That will be an egg case. I threw out every one I found last fall and still had plenty of widows front the egg cases I missed!
    Next year I'll put egg cases in other areas of the yard where I want a bug patrol. My praying mantis cases didn't take this year (I didn't put them near the widows, not sure what happened to the mantis' though).
  10. CritterHill

    CritterHill Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    SE PA
    Quote:Wait a minute and I'll get a good picture of her. She's staying.

    If you are not back in 10 minutes, should we call 911?

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