Spider Bites, While Rare, Can Be A Real Pain

Although spider bites are rare, when they occur symptoms can be painful and frightening. Symptoms may include pain, burning and a circle of pale skin surrounding the red center. Clean and disinfect bite; seek medical attention if infection occurs.
 
 
Black Widow spider in web
Black Widow spider in web
 
June 30, 2010 - PRLog -- Although spider bites are rare, when they do occur, symptoms can be painful and frightening. Spiders are proliferating with the warm weather and often finding their way into our homes. Although they have beneficial purposes in the eco-system, including eating other insect pests, most of us don’t want spiders in our bedrooms or our kids’ playroom.

Of the more than 50,000 species of spiders, only a relatively few of them are able to bite humans, for the simple reason that most have mouth parts too small to break human skin. Only one type of California spider, the Black Widow, is considered to be a serious medical danger, particularly to small children, elderly or frail adults. (See our article, “Why Spiders Don’t Make Good House Guests,” for more information about Black Widow spiders.) Even at that, it has been more than 10 years since anyone died from a Black Widow bite.

Although brown recluse spiders, whose bite can be fatal or cause significant injury, have made headlines in recent years, they do not live in California, although they are occasionally introduced via shipping or household moves. But a number of spiders that are common to our Sacramento pest control region may be mistaken for a brown recluse, and their bites can leave a painful wound that resembles a brown recluse bite as well as other symptoms. These include the running spider, jumping spider, wolf spider, tarantula, sac spider, orbweaver spider and hobo spider, also known as the northwestern brown spider.

The household spiders most commonly encountered by our Sacramento pest control technicians are the yellow sac spider and the hobo spider. In fact, although its bite is not fatal, the yellow sac spider is believed to be responsible for more human bites than any other species.

Symptoms of a spider bite may include pain and burning at the site of the bite, a circle of pale skin surrounding the red center of the bite, which may form a blister or ulcer and burst. Care should be taken to keep the bite clean and disinfected; seek medical attention immediately if infection sets in. In some cases, the victim may develop a red, itchy rash within the first three days, muscle and joint pain, fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, headache, nausea and vomiting.

The best way to determine the type of bite is to trap the critter who did it, if you can do so safely, or collect it in a plastic bag if it has been killed, and take it to a pest control professional or University extension facility for identification. For more information about how to treat spider bites, visit the California Poison Control System website at http://www.calpoison.org/public/spiders.html.

Earth Guard Pest Control (www.earthguardpest.com) is a full-service pest control company offering more than 30 years of cumulative staff experience. The company is EcoWise™-certified as a provider of “green” products and services. For more information about spiders found in our Sacramento pest control region, visit http://earthguardpest.com/blog or call 877-328-4468 to speak with one of our trained pest control professionals.

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Earth Guard is a full-service, family-owned pest control company serving Greater Sacramento. Earth Guard is EcoWise™-certified, licensed, bonded, insured, with no contract or cancellation fee. Visit http://earthguardpest.com or call 877-328-4468.
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