Keller School Battled Black Widows

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Shelly Cline

    Students at Timberview Middle School are not allowed to go outside Tuesday as the Keller Independent School District gets the upper hand on black widow spiders.

    The district sent out this statement Monday:

    "Last week, Timberview Middle School employees spotted spiders they believed to be Black Widow spiders outside of the campus, and one spider was observed and killed inside the entrance of the building. District maintenance workers have sprayed insecticide as a preventive measure, and will be spraying the campus grounds outside the building on Tuesday, November 6. Due to this, there will be no outdoor activities during the school day. Daily announcements have included images of Black Widow spiders to inform students of the insect’s appearance and to discourage them from coming in contact with the spiders should they encounter one."

    Mike Merchant an urban bug expert at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service says black widows are fairly common and like to hang out in shrubs and crevices of school buildings because outdoor lighting attracts bugs that black widows eat.