The Brown Recluse Spider is one of the most feared spiders in all of North America; and with good reason. The spider is dangerous. Bites from the Brown Recluse spider can be quite painful, with the venom killing the living tissue near the bite site. Although rare, bites from this venomous spider can cause death. Because of these severe reactions to the spider's venom, there is much awareness out there about this particular spider... Some of which is false. In fact, the Brown Recluse spider is often misidentified, with many homeowners believing that any brown spider is indeed a Brown Recluse.
So how do you know if a spider you find in your house is indeed a Brown Recluse? Where in the country are they prominently found? And a question I hope nobody ever has to answer, what do you do if I'm bit by a Brown Recluse spider?
Thankfully, the spider control experts at Bulwark Exterminating have put together this informative infographic entitled: A Guide To The Brown Recluse:
Infographic: Guide To The Brown Recluse Spider
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Many of us cower in fear at the thought of a spider. If there is even an inkling that the spider might be dangerous, we run screaming the other direction looking for the nearest broom to take the spider out. There are many feelings out there about spiders; some are misconceptions. This got me thinking... Why are people so afraid of spiders? Here are 10 reasons:
1. Their Fangs!
Spiders have two major weapons at their disposal, their fangs. If a spider so chooses it can literally sink its teeth into you. Many people keep spiders as pets. Tarantulas, who can have fangs as long as 2.5 inches, are a common household pet. The tarantula’s bite isn't any more poisonous than that of a bee sting, but still is very painful. When a tarantula is getting ready to bite, it lifts its four front legs. Those fangs in combination with that threatening stance are definitely intimidating and grab at a person’s sense of fear.
2. A Spider’s Poison Can Kill
Many people fear spiders because of their poison. In reality there are very few spiders with venom lethal enough to kill humans. The two most poisonous spiders to humans are the Brown Recluse and the Black Widow. Even the poison of these two spiders would have a hard time killing an adult. Mainly young children and elderly people are susceptible to more serious consequences from these bites; otherwise, bites from these dangerous spiders can easily be medically treated.
Yes, spiders are gross to even look at. All species of spiders look different, but we can definitely agree that they are all ugly. Some have thick legs, while some have thinner legs. They can be hairy or bald. Their buggy little faces give most of us the heebie-jeebies! So how can you get close enough to kill something if you can’t even stand to look at it?! Just, time haunting questions of the universe, I guess.
4. Sneaky Spiders
Spiders can move swiftly and quickly to avoid the sandal’s smash. From there, they hide in places people can’t reach or even see. The trick is to spot it and out sneak it. However, spotting a spider when you’re asleep is difficult. This can give us nightmares, and an unrelaxing night’s sleep. This paranoia is a huge factor to a person’s sense of fear. The fear is that this tiny creature is smarter and sneakier, and this can really perturb some people.
5. They Can Attack!
Most people see spiders as predators, and while a spider is a hunter, it definitely does not spend its off-time sniffing out humans. While there are some jumping spiders in existence, they’re definitely not harmful to people. These jumping spiders live mainly in tropical environments.
Most spiders among people are not aggressive at all. The two most harmful spiders, the Brown Recluse and the Black Widow, are non-aggressive and in reality are very shy. They cannot jump and will definitely not hunt out people.
6. Shape & Color
Spiders also have angular shaped legs that we as humans are wired to fear. Their legs and also their dark color are a spider’s natural defenses. Their unpredictability and visible difference causes human fear.
7. Too Large or Too Small
Spiders are so different and vary dramatically. This unpredictability raises the fear in all of us. Some spiders can be extremely large. The Goliath Bird-eating Spider is the largest spider in the world. Its leg span is about 12 inches, which is about the size of a dinner plate. Along with the massiveness of this giant, spiders can also be extremely small. Spiderlings can be really small, even microscopic, yet they look exactly like a full grown spider, leaving the human mind to wonder just what a spider’s size can really be.
8. Babies, Babies, & More Babies
Spiders seem to produce spiderlings endlessly. Many spiders can produce hundreds of eggs at a time. The creation of these new spiders can be as quick as a few weeks. After those baby spiders hatch, the mother spider is back at it again, creating more weapons of mass destruction.
9. Weapon Two: Webs
We've all had those nightmares, getting stuck in a giant web and getting our flesh sucked away by a nasty spider. While it is true that many spiders can produce silk webs, only about half of the species of spiders in the world can produce silk. All other spiders use different tactics to catch their prey. Regardless of the tactic, no spider technique is threatening enough to people. While a web may be nasty and scary, it is definitely not strong or sophisticated enough to ensnare us… well, maybe just ensnare our fear.
10. Again, They Bite!
All things spider are scary, but in the end, their bite is definitely the scariest thing about them. While not many of these bites are lethal, they are painful. Some of the world’s largest spiders can pack unfortunate punches. Most household spider bites will cause an itch at most, but you can’t help compare those little critters to their powerful cousins found all over the world.
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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.
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