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Another widow

April 10, 2007

Today I was outside watering the garden and took the opportunity to spray down the kid’s swingset and the back patio. I decided to flip over the picnic table and wouldn’t you know….a black widow was under there…a big one.

I won’t tell you how many times my kids have eaten at the table, sat at the table, played near the table, etc. I know that black widows are nocturnal and stay pretty well hidden during the day, but…you know how kids are, putting their fingers in places they shouldn’t.

Tomorrow Tony is going to have to spray the backyard with spider killer.

Seriously…this black widow thing is becoming an issue for me.

I grew up in the valley here and while I knew we had black widows, I rarely encountered them. My dad would find them in the garage and the wood pile, but they weren’t hiding on our toys or in the flower beds. Or…not that I thought. Closeup: