Brief cold snap sends black widow spiders inside homes


BlackWidowSpider( Photo: WTSP)It's that time of year, when you may notice some unwanted guests inside your home.
Chris Ketchum is with Advantage Pest Control.  He's says most creatures want to stay warm, things like rodents, roaches and maybe scariest of all... spiders.
"They're pulling those boxes out getting those Christmas decorations out, so spiders may have made a home in one of those boxes and as they're pulling things out they don't see it," said Ketchum.  "Especially with long sleeves, it would be easy for a spider to sneak up here unnoticed and then later bite you!"
The widow spider is common here in Florida.  You just have to know where to look.
"Typical areas where we'll see spiders, especially with covered porches like this, you'll see them," he said.  "Look, you can see there's a few little webs here where spiders have lived in the past. They'll make their way up here in the corners of the windows.  People who have defined window sills -- like the concrete window sills -- black widows and brown widows love to make their webs and nests right up under there."

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Pesticide expert explains dangers of DIY


Shannon Valladolid, WTSP 6:45 PM. EST January 03, 2017

Chris Ketchum 10NewsYou might think it's smart to save money by taking care of pests yourself but chemicals are not something to mess around with.

Chris Ketchum with Advantage Pest Control was just the guy to answer your questions.

“We're a green company. We don’t use it. I've been in the pesticide business for 9 years and have never come across it. It's very restricted. It can't be very safe if we don't use it,” says Ketchum. “The fact that a homeowner was able to get access to it, is very concerning.”

We asked Ketchum for some tips when spraying pesticides yourself.

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