Spider Bite Identification
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All spiders carry venom which is used to kill their prey but many of these spiders are not able to bite humans. The few that are able to break skin may not have enough venom or have venom that is not especially harmful to humans. These spiders’ bites might not be noticeable or only leave a small, swollen, red bump. Other spider bites may cause a more significant reaction resulting in a trip to the hospital.
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Most spider bites might not be noticeable or result in a swollen red bump but a bite from a poisonous spider may be a cause for alarm. There are two main spiders, the black widow and the brown recluse, that are known for their dangerous bites. Here is a quick guide to differentiate a bite from a black widow vs a brown recluse.
Black Widow Bites
- Chills or perspiration
- Abdominal cramping
- Trouble breathing
Brown Recluse Bites
- Increasing pain over the first 8 hours
- Blue or purple with a pale center and red border
- Tissue damage or death around the bite
- Ulcer-like wound
If you think you have been bitten by a poisonous spider, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
How to Keep Spiders Out
Keeping spiders out of your home is one of the best ways to avoid getting bit. There are a few things you can do to make your home an unattractive place to live for spiders.
- Make sure all windows and doors have screens and the screens do not have holes.
- Remove spider webs from around your home.
- Keep your home clean and clutter-free.
- Get rid of other pests that spiders will eat.
- Fix any holes or cracks in your foundation.
Getting Professional Help
It can be difficult to completely keep spiders out of a home. They will usually enter a home looking for food, water, and shelter. Spiders are able to squeeze through small cracks and holes or may hitch a ride on belongings you bring into the house. If you are worried about spider bites and need assistance in keeping your house spider or pest free, the experts at Rocket Pest are here to help. Contact us today for a free quote!Back to Spider Exterminators