One of the most feared pests we treat here at Bulwark Exterminating is the spider! Whether you live in Austin, TX, Charlotte, NC, or Atlanta, GA spiders are a part of your lives. They build webs around your property, and enter your home looking for insects to eat. Because of poisonous spiders like the Brown Recluse and the Black widow, spiders have a bad rap. This is unfortunate because spiders are rather timid creatures that will only bite if provoked or if they need to defend themselves. Unfortunately, spiders do bite. Some are poisonous.
How do you know if you are bitten by a spider? Is the spider dangerous? How do you treat a spider bite?
Identifying Common Spiders
Note: The Hobo Spider is no longer considered as dangerous as the Black Widow or Brown Recluse
Identifying Spider Bites
If you believe you have been bitten by a spider, look for a few of these symptoms:
- A raised bump or blister, or cluster of bumps or blisters, on the skin.
- A red ring surrounding the above mentioned bump or blister.
- Two holes or fang marks at the top of the bump.
- Inflammation around the suspected bite.
- Discoloration (black, brown, yellow, blue, or purple) of the skin near the suspected bite.
- Discolored discharge coming from the suspected bite.
- Pain, muscle spasms, nausea, or vomiting after the being bitten.
Black Widow Bites
Black widow spider bites may cause a sharp, shooting pain throughout an appendage, or they can also be painless and go unnoticed. Look for the above mention symptoms, as well as severe muscle cramps or spasms, nausea, vomiting, seizure, and an increase in blood pressure. The tissue around the bite will begin to die and appear rotten.
Brown Recluse Bites
A Brown Recluse bite is often painless. You will notice a reddening of the skin which will eventually turn white. The bite will develop a red bull’s eye and then blister. At this point the bite can begin to become painful. Skin tissue will begin to turn purple, brown, black, or blue. The discolored area will begin oozing a discharge as well. These bites can be deadly in rare cases.
Spider Bite Treatment
Identify the spider. If possible, identify the spider that bit you. Medical care may be required for Black Widow and Brown Recluse spider bites. You may need to bring the spider with you to the hospital if you need medical attention.
Stay calm. It’s normal to panic when you have been bitten by a spider. Remaining calm helps to decrease your blood pressure and heart rate which may already be on the rise due to the possibility of spider venom. Keeping your blood pressure and heart rate down limits the spread of the spider’s venom throughout the rest of your body.
Seek medical care. If the spider that bit you has been identified as a Black Widow or Brown Recluse, head to the nearest hospital immediately. Treatment for black widow spider bites may require anti-venom medication. Medical professionals often use medications to treat brown recluse bites as well. Some spider bites may require a tetanus shot.
Clean the bite. Clean the infected area where the spider bit you with soap and warm water. You may also want to use an antiseptic like Bactine, hydrogen peroxide or iodine to clean the wound.
Elevate the area. If a spider has bitten you, a good way to prevent swelling and slow the spread of venom is to keep the bitten limb elevated. For a brown recluse or black widow spider bite, tie a towel above the bite to prevent the venom from reaching your heart and other vital organs.
Apply an ice pack. After being stung by a scorpion, you will likely experience some pain and inflammation around the affected area. Applying an ice pack or cold compress will minimize these side effects.
Take a pain reliever. Alleviate non-dangerous spider bite symptoms with a pain reliever like Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen, or other acetaminophen. Antihistamines may also be beneficial.
Spider bites can be frightening, painful, and even deadly on rare occasion. You do not want them in your basements, garages, tool sheds, or inside your home. If you want to get rid of your spiders then you need to get more then just general pest control, get spider control! While getting rid of the rest of the bugs (what spiders eat) will help in eliminating spiders, this is not the only solution and certainly not the best spider control solution. Let Bulwark Exterminating eliminate these spiders for good with our guaranteed spider control service.
Whether you are seeing Black Widow spiders, Brown Recluses spiders, Wolf spiders, or simple House spiders, Bulwark Exterminating will take care of them all!
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