Three Poisonous Spiders to Watch Out For

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iStock_000000593205_SmallIt turns out Arachnophobes are not entirely wrong with their morbid fear of spiders, because some species of this eight-legged, eight eyed- group of animals are really dangerously deadly.  Many species of spiders use venom as a way to kill their prey and defend themselves. Unfortunately, when venomous spiders decide to make a home in your house, you might be at risk for getting a lethal dose of their venom.

Poisonous Spiders

Not all spiders are poisonous and some of the scariest-looking spiders may be the most harmless. The problem is how you can identify whether the type of spider you saw crawling on your bed is poisonous or not. Listed below are three poisonous spiders that can enter anyone’s home without warning.

  1. Black widow spiders

If the name black widow sounds ominous to you, that is because it is. Black widow spiders are called as such because they always become widows and they are the cause of their mate’s death. Female black widows typically kill their mates after their lovemaking as a nutrition source for their developing eggs.  However, it’s not only the male black widow spiders that are at peril because of these dangerous spiders, humans too are common victims.

Black widow spiders love to make their web on dark, hidden places.  These places can be your garage, basement or storage room.  The aggressive black widow will not hesitate to inject a cocktail of venom that attacks the nervous system, causing excruciating pain, nausea and hypertension.  For infants and the elderly, a bite from the black widow spider is enough to cause serious damage or even death.

You will know a black widow because of the hourglass marking on the underside of its belly. It is usually half an inch long and shiny black. Be careful when you see a black widow as you don’t want its venom inside you.

  1. Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown recluse spiders live up to its name because they are shy little creatures who like to hide during the day and hunt during the night. However, don’t be fooled by their timid nature as brown recluse spiders are no pushover. If they are threatened, they would bite and it’s going to be painful.  The venom of this spider can cause your tissue to dissolve, causing ulcerous wounds and sometimes necrosis.

You can identify a brown recluse by its signature mark—a violin shaped marking on the back of its body with the violin neck pointing to the abdomen. You can usually find them on the dark and dry areas of your home. Be cautious when using insecticides on these spiders. An article on Planet Deadly says some are already immune to insecticides and these can provoke them further. Leave that job to pest control professionals.

  1. Hobo Spiders

Don’t be fooled by the name hobo, because these spiders are rich in venom that could inflict serious, though not always fatal damage to human body. Hobo spiders live pretty much anywhere in the US and prefer the ground. Hobo spider bites can cause severe headache, nausea, weakness, fatigue, temporary memory loss and vision impairment.  Aside from these, the bite area will always turn ulcerous.

You know it’s a hobo spider when you see that their abdomen has several chevron shaded markings, brown in color. Make sure you avoid hobo spiders. They may look like another common non-venomous house spider and can easily fool you.

When to Call an Exterminator

Venomous spiders don’t belong to your home.  If you spot any of these critters crawling in your home, you have to call a pest control company to help you get rid of them. A professional pest control company like Antman can help you locate the spider’s web and apply measures to kill them and their source.

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