In Texas, we have around 900 species of spiders. Finding them in your home can be very frightening and distressing. Most spiders are considered venomous, but only a few, such as the black widow and the brown recluse, normally cause serious health problems.
Common Reactions to Spider Bites
Usually, you will not notice when a spider bites you. A red bump may appear at the location of the bite. Most people do not have any reactions. For those who have allergic reactions or sensitivity to insect bites or stings, symptoms are more likely. Here are some of the more common effects of spider bites:
- Swelling and redness
- Skin discoloration
- Pain and tenderness
- Fever and headache
- Stiff joints and muscle aches
Other less common symptoms include hives, nausea and anxiety. When deciding to seek medical treatment, it’s best to err on the side of caution. Spider bites can lead to infection as well as serious swelling and inflammation.
Poisonous Spiders in Texas
For homeowners in Texas, the two most dangerous spiders are the southern black widow and the brown recluse. Both are known for having strong venom, and medical attention is advised if you’ve been bitten.
Though the bite from either of these two spiders is rarely fatal, the effects can be serious. Severe abdominal cramps, tremors and sweating can occur from a black widow bite. And the bite of a brown recluse can produce a slow-healing open sore at risk of infection. The skin around the open sore can die, causing significant scarring and health risks.
How to Prevent Spider Bites
Spiders are not aggressive towards humans and will only bite when feeling threatened. They prefer to live outside, undisturbed by humans. When you find them in your home, it’s usually away from the daily household flow — such as an attic, basement or garage.
Keeping spiders out of the home can be a bit tricky. They can easily crawl through crevices and cracks around windows, doors and siding. Try to seal any possible points of entry, and make sure your window screens are secure.
Vacuum any webs or egg sacs inside the home. Be careful when spending time in areas of the house where spiders are likely to live. For added caution, check your clothing and shoes before wearing them and your bedding before sleeping.
Are you concerned about the presence of spiders in your home? Please contact Alvin Pest Control today. We offer effective pest treatment options to keep you and your family safe.