Spider bite identification in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC - Connor's Termite and Pest Control

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We’ve all heard the myth that spiders like to bite people when they’re asleep. The truth is, spiders rarely bite. Although most spiders have venom and fangs, most are not large enough to inflict any serious harm to humans or even break the skin. Most spiders are more interested in feasting on bugs than they are humans, but there is still the occasion where someone might accidentally touch a spider, making it feel threatened. In the case where a spider is directly threatened, there is a chance they will bite to defend themselves.

Symptoms of spider bites

Almost all spiders have the ability to bite, but many are too small or not venomous enough to cause harm unless an individual is allergic. The majority of spider bites are harmless, usually causing redness, swelling, or itchiness around the bite. However, in the case of a more serious spider bite, such as that by a black widow or brown recluse, it’s important to know the signs. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, medical attention should be sought right away:

  • Black widow bites: People bitten by this spider may experience faint redness and swelling, profuse sweating, severe pain, and cramping in the abdomen.
  • Brown recluse bites: People bitten by this spider may experience mild stinging, intense pain and redness, red or purple coloring around the site of the bite, and even deep open sores, ulcers, and necrosis.

Caring for spider bites

To care for a mild spider bite, be sure to wash the bite area with soap and water. If the arm or the leg has been bitten, keep it elevated, and control swelling and pain with ice packs, antihistamines, and over-the-counter medications. In the case of a more serious spider bite, make sure to bring a photo or specimen to your healthcare provider to help with identification, and to help determine the level of treatment needed. It is also important to make a note of all symptoms experienced, as well as any additional questions you might have for your nurses and doctors.

Professional spider control services

Spiders are harmless for the most part, but there are times when they will bite, whether it’s by accident or as a form of defense. Even though many times spider bites are misdiagnosed, it’s beneficial to understand the signs and symptoms of bites, and when to seek medical attention. To avoid dealing with spiders in your home, it’s always beneficial to have a professional pest control company inspect your home. At Connor’s Termite and Pest Control, we offer comprehensive protection plans that can keep spiders out of your property year-round. Call us today to learn more!

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Spider Bite Identification in Virginia

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