Found her on the patio today while I was rearranging some potted plants.
I was a bit sad that I had to kill her. She was just doing her thing, eating some ants and hiding under a pot.
Black widow spiders are ubiquitous in this part of the
state. This is the seventh one I've found on my house this summer, and
that's without looking (don't tell my husband). If I see them in the
front yard I let them live because me and the dogs don't spend much time
there. But this one was on the patio where the dogs spend a lot of time
nosing around, and I just couldn't take the risk.