July 25, 2024


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How To Recognize A Spider Bite

Spiders help control the insect populations outdoors, but while they may help us with bugs, some of these eight-legged critters are less than friendly when provoked. Certain species of spiders will bite if they feel threatened. Their venom can cause a various reactions-from a mild, but painful bite mark to a full allergic reaction, and in some cases, even death. So what happens if you are not paying attention while you are moving about? Just how can you tell if you’ve got a spider bite?

What does a spider bite look like?

Most spiders do not bite, but when a spider is placed in a situation where they feel threatened, they will bite. This usually happens when spiders end up in areas where they shouldn’t be: boxes, closets, bed linens, and shoes. When they are disrupted, they attack. Most spiders do not have fangs that are large enough to break human skin, but there are species that can create quite a nasty bite.

So what does a bite look like? Generally speaking, a spider bite will look like a dartboard. There will be a deep black spot in the middle or red rings. Sometimes striations will appear and radiate outward from the black spot. If these signs appear, chances are good that it is a spider bite.

With black widows, a white blister will appear at the center of the raised red spot. brown recluses will have striations radiating out from the center, and if left untreated, the skin surrounding the bite will begin to necrotize and turn black. Most spiders will just create small rings around a black spot.

What to Do If You Are Bitten

If you are bitten by a spider, seek medical treatment immediately. Also, you should attempt to catch the spider, if you can. If not, take note of the size, color and any other noticeable distinctions. Be sure to relay this information to your physician. It can help the physician identify the type of treatment needed. Most spiders do not require much treatment, except antihistamine to reduce the itching and a cold compress. For spiders like black widows and brown recluse, a steroid treatment and antibiotics may be necessary. Only a physician can determine the best course of action for treatment.

Spiders are an essential part of nature and are quite helpful in controlling the insect population. However, they can move into our homes and become a hazard. If you live in an area prone to spiders, you may want to consult a pest control professional to discuss a prevention plan and treat current infestations.