It is an old wives’ tale that a female black widow consumes the male after mating. This rarely occurs in the wild but has been known to happen in captivity when he has no where to run! Like the brown recluse, this spider has venom that can be dangerous to people. The bite is extremely painful and requires medical attention, but death is very rare. Keeping indoor and outdoor areas free of clutter is one way to help prevent exposure to a black widow.