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Black Widows Invade The Bluegrass

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

A southern Kentucky family says they're living in danger because a toxic pest is getting too close to their home.

They've found many black widow spiders around their Laurel County house, just in recent days.

So far, they've not been able to get rid of them.

Over the last two days, Bill and Linda Tuttle of London have been busy, as dozens of North America's most venomous spiders are making their homes right next to the Tuttles.

Now the Tuttles are trying to spray their new neighbors away, before the black widow lives up to her name.

UK Professor of Entomology Lee Townsend says the black widow is a lot more common in Kentucky than people think.

While the black widow's bite is rarely deadly, it can be dangerous, causing symptoms ranging from muscle cramps to breathing difficulties.


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