We live in North Carolina in the mountains. My husband put in some terracing this spring on our hill side so I could put in a garden. Since doing so I have found and squished dozens of black widows. I thought it was localized to the back yard but I found one on a planter my 3 year old son was playing with in the front yard. My little boy loves to play outside in the dirt and rocks but I feel I can’t let him for fear he’ll get bitten. What can I do to get rid of them?
Like any pest, if you want to keep local populations minimized you’ll need to do some pest control. This process will involve different treatments for different areas. We have it all covered in our on line article which goes over what’s needed for inside the home, outside the home and for hidden areas like attics and crawl spaces.
Since it’s the outside you’re mostly concerned about, I suggest you start there. Read the below link and get some treatments done now, before the cold of winter arrives, which will help keep them from entering the home. There is no doubt a good treatment regime throughout the year will keep these guys minimized so they won’t pose a threat to you or your son. Here is a link to the outside treatment suggestions: