black widow w/ egg sacs in our window well

Asked July 30, 2020, 3:28 PM EDT

We've been observing a mama black widow in our window well for over a month now. She has an elaborate web and three egg sacs. Now my husband and kiddos are starting to freak out that the babies will be born soon. They want me to kill her, but I can't bring myself to do that. I tried to catch her with her sacs in a tupperware to move them somewhere else, but she is REALLY fast. Do you have any suggestions about what we should do? THANKS.

Missoula County Montana

1 Response

Black widows are harmless if you leave them alone, they don't inhabit places with alot of traffic. They ear lots of soft bodied insects and are great bug catchers. Tell them to stay away from that area, they do not move into active visited spaces. Or take the egg sacks to an site in the forest or somewhere they can hide and have protection.