If you were to ask, most people would say they don’t care for spiders. Many would also say they are creepy. Something about the way these arachnids move is speedy and creepy, crawly. Keeping spiders out of your home is a common goal across the board. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control is here to talk about spider control and the dangers that some spiders pose.
Is it Good to have Spiders Outside Your House?
For the most part, if you find spiders outside your home, you should leave them alone. They eat many bugs that we find obnoxious and aren’t a threat most of the time to humans. One insect in particular that they frequently eat is the mosquito. In Texas, mosquitos are a huge problem and any way to eliminate them is a good one. That being said, there are a couple spiders that you should kill if you see them, the black widow and brown recluse.
Why are there Spiders in My House?
Where spiders found outside should be left alone, when they are found in the house you will want to get rid of them. Even though their venom is not considered a threat, if they feel threatened for any reason they will bite. While reactions to their bites are usually mild, they still cause discomfort and most people aren’t okay with any spider bites, whether they hurt or not.
Venomous Black Widow & Brown Recluse Spiders Are Dangerous
The two spiders that pose a threat to humans and found in Texas are the black widow and brown recluse spider. As to which is more dangerous, brown recluse spiders usually don’t kill a person. The worst that can occur is amputation of a limb and skin grafting the damaged tissue. The Black Widow can have a more lethal bite as it not only effects tissue but the neurological system, which can lead to death.
Black Widow Spider – Black widows are especially active during the fall season while they are looking for a mate. This spider has a signature look that includes a completely black body with a red hourglass on the underside of its abdomen. Reactions to a bite from a black widow vary from mild to severe. Those with severe reactions experience nausea, vomiting, dizziness, cardiac stress, and tremors. Someone may have severe muscles aches as well when bit by this spider.
Brown Recluse – The brown recluse is a completely brown spider that ranges in color between dark brown and tan. They are commonly referred to as the “fiddle-back” spider because of the violin shaped marking on their back. Their bite is a nasty one. After getting bitten by a brown recluse spider, the wound turns into an open sore. The skin and tissue surrounding the bite will end up dying and can cause a prominent scar. If you have a severe reaction, the skin surrounding the bite can become gangrenous and deaths have been reported even though this isn’t the normal reaction.
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As stated above, spiders as a whole aren’t much of a danger to humans, and if found outside they are actually beneficial. However, no one wants to find spiders making themselves comfortable inside their home. A Five Star Termite & Pest Control offers spider extermination to eliminate any spider problems you have in your home. If you see black widow or brown recluse spider in or around your home, you should not hesitate to call because of the danger they pose. Call us today!