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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  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Oct 11, 2007 at 12:57 PM
    Will the black widows (since they are here illegally) also be subject to deportation?
  • by proud parent Location: central on Oct 11, 2007 at 10:05 AM
    Holy bajebeeZ!!! Bart I am so proud of you!You actually left a comment that did not have one word that bashed Danville! My little man is gowing up!! That's a gold star for you Bart!!!
  • by ben Location: lex on Oct 11, 2007 at 08:51 AM
    See what happens when we take GOD out of the picture!
  • by Joey Location: Lexington on Oct 11, 2007 at 08:43 AM
    For the most part Black widows only have a red marking on their abdomon but in some cases they also have red markings on their backs. And young Black Widows often have an orange marking til they mature which takes about ninety days.
  • by Chelsea Location: Nicholas Co. on Oct 11, 2007 at 06:49 AM
    We have like millions of black widows around here and my cousin was actually bitten by one a few years ago.
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Oct 10, 2007 at 02:56 PM
    That dosen't look like a black widow spider to me. I have seen a few around my house, but I just leave them alone. If you are looking for something that will work, use Sevin dust that you can buy at Wal-Mart or Southern States. It creates a barrier around your house and lasts for several weeks so long as there is no rain.
  • by Darrell Location: Somerset, Kentucky on Oct 10, 2007 at 02:18 PM
    We have had many Black Widow spiders around our house and have probably killed as many as 20 this year. We wish there was a way we could get rid of them for good but so far all we do is watch for them and rid of them as we can. They seem to stay in places very secluded harm and they also seem to like dark. We find them mostly on the bottom of a 100 gallon container used to water our horses. We have also seen them under other items close to the ground yet protected from the weather. Do you know of any advise as to how we have so many and what we can do to manage them. It is a little uneasy having to watch for them all the time.
  • by C.. Location: FRANKFORT on Oct 10, 2007 at 09:36 AM
    I Have had them at my house since we moved in. I just found one last week in my front yard.
  • by Vicki Location: Shawhan Kentucky on Oct 10, 2007 at 08:43 AM
    The picture you have w/this story doesn't look like the blk widows that I have been killing inside Ruddles Mill - Shawhan Volunteer Fire station. We have killed 4 in the past month. They have been making their home/nest near our light switch as we come in the door. We have to unlock the station door and as we enter and reach for the switch, surprise she'll be sitting there and you hope that you don't grab her by mistake. Thanks
  • by Lisa Location: owingsville on Oct 10, 2007 at 07:05 AM
    I have found two black widow spiders on our concrete back patio. We live inside the city limits not near a wooded area.
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