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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.
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;
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/
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