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The Black Widow is powerful image that stirs fear in the hearts of all who see her because deep down we believe that she can kill us.  This popular joke gets to the heart of our fears.

Why do Black widow spiders kill their mates after mating? To stop the snoring before it starts.

A google search revealed that adult male Black Widows wander in search of females but do not feed or bite.  Females may occasionally kill and eat a male after mating but this is more the exception than the rule.

But the fears run deep as this question appeared time and again on a google search

Can female black widows kill cats?

More evidence showed that small children and the elderly are often more symptomatic and can have a more severe reaction to the venom of the Black Widow.

So it is not an accident that The Black Widow Gang of San Miguel chose a very appropiate image for their gang.

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Types of Black Widows

How to Avoid Getting Bitten

The best way to avoid getting bitten by Black Widows is to be careful in areas where they like to spend time.  In San Miguel, this would be the street, the bars and the Jardin.  It is full of  Black Widows

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They are always waiting for an elderly male to happen by. They are hard to see all in black and failing eyesight makes it hard to see the shadows. They are shy by nature and bite only when trapped, sat on, or accidentally touched but remember there are no accidental touchings by women in San Miguel.

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What a Black Widow Bite Looks and Feels Like

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A person who gets bitten by a Black Widow might not know it right away, since the bite can sometimes feel like a little pinprick or a simple bump of the arm. After 30 to 40 minutes of continual talking by the Black Widow, though, the area of the bite will swell and hurt a lot, and sometimes a person can get achy all over. Other symptoms can include weakness, nausea, vomiting, sweating, headache and an invitation to dinner or a drink.

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What You Should Do

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If you ever think that you’ve been bitten by a Black Widow, tell an adult immediately. Black Widow bites rarely kill people, but it’s important to get medical attention as soon as you can because they can make you very sick.

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Control Methods for Black Widows

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Avoid Black Widows through exclusion. Do whatever you can to keep Black Widows from getting into your home in the first place. Apply weather stripping to all windows and doors. If you don’t have them already, install door sweeps.

Make the outside of your house and your yard inhospitable to Black Widows. The first thing you will want to do is to clear away any and all vegetation that might be up close and personal with your house, especially ivy. That stuff is a haven for them.  They love to hide and wait for you to come out of your house for a chance meeting.  Cut back shrubs, plants, and decorative grasses. Get rid of rock piles, and move any wood piles as far away from your house as possible.

Indoor black widow control measures. Don’t leave things lying around. Pick up clothes, blankets, magazines, newspapers, and anything else that a black widow might suggest she clean up for you.  Move your bed a few inches away from the wall and don’t allow any bedding to hang on the floor because she will say

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Men should never be on their own, they don’t know how to keep a house.

Rearrange furniture on a regular basis so you can find any widows that might have set up shop.

Go on a search and destroy mission.  At night (they’re nocturnal), go around with a flashlight and a stick and let the fun begin.

Keep in mind that black widows are never far from a hiding place. If you screw up, they will go directly into marriage mode and you might not get another chance.

Look in closets and cupboards, behind furniture, and search anywhere else you think a black widow could be hiding. If you’ve got the guts, spend some time in the attic, the basement, and the garage. These are great places for black widows.

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Remember to always be careful, wear gloves and boots, and tuck your jeans into your socks. It looks cool. I promise and Black Widows will think you are a dork.

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Real Story

Two men poisoned by anti-freeze, laid to rest in the same cemetery side by side. Was the grieving wife, Stacey Castor, really a Black Widow, murdering both of her husbands just a few years apart? And was this woman so twisted that she poisoned her own daughter, Ashley, to stage it as a suicide and frame her for the heinous crimes? Or was the daughter responsible for the men’s deaths? For nearly two years, ABC News Correspondent David Muir has been following the twists and turns of a bizarre mystery that captivated an entire community, played out in an upstate New York courtroom. Whom will the jury believe – mother or daughter?