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    Is there an effective pest control for black widows?

    The regular Raid stuff can't kill them. This year they are bigger, with a lot more poison in their tummies.

    I hunt them at dusk, when they are more active and come out of hiding. I use 2 pieces of 2x4, as a hammer and a hard plate, to smash them dead.

    But, does anyone know an easier and safer solution?

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    I suspect the regular "raid stuff" kills them, but just doesn't drop them on the spot. I know ortho makes a spray that is called spider killer.
    I also spray Yard Guard or Cutter backyard control at spiders that build webs where I walk the dog at night. It's a fogger spray that has a pretty good reach.
    PS. I have nothing against spiders that stay out of my house or where I walk. We don't have black widows around me, but spider bites often get infected no matter what kind they are.

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    Default Re: Black Widows

    move to the city.....there....problem solved

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    ed21, I'll try Cutter and see if there's a change.

    MLB, Around here, black widows are everywhere, even in the "city" - I guess it's downtown.

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    A REAL man would get his woman to come out and squish them for him!

    Get yourself some chickens, they suck those little bastards up like they were candy, their egg sacks too!
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by A. Spruce View Post
    A REAL man would get his woman to come out and squish them for him!

    Get yourself some chickens, they suck those little bastards up like they were candy, their egg sacks too!
    If I get chickens which eat black widows, venom and all, can I send you their eggs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dj1 View Post
    If I get chickens which eat black widows, venom and all, can I send you their eggs?
    Certainly, doesn't seem to hurt the chickens and the eggs are tasty.
    I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!

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    OK, last night I went out with my son, he found the black widows, held the flashlight and I smashed them with a pair of sandals. We killed about 10. Still haven't got that Cutter pesticide.

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    Last night we raided the black widows again, this time we killed 12 and smashed 3 egg balls (I think that's the way to call them).

    Tonight I didn't see any new ones. Black widows on notice.

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    It's been over a week, and no black widows showed up.

    If that's what it takes to get rid of them, then that's what we're going to do on a weekly basis. No need for chemicals.

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