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Beeline Pest Control on Spiders

Spiders come in a variety of sizes, colors and classifications. The Black Widow, Brown Recluse, Wolf Spider, and Black House Spiders are commonly found in Illinois. Many species of spider in the United States are incapable of penetrating human skin with their fangs, but there are a few that can. Most of these venomous bites are not fatal but cause pain around the area of the bite and sometimes nausea. Two that can cause serious harm are the Black Widow and Brown Recluse.

Black Widow spiders have a glossy black body and a distinctive red hourglass shape on the underside of their abdomen. Though most victims of this spider's bite do not suffer serious damage, they can sometimes be fatal to small children, the elderly, and people with chronic sicknesses. Initial symptoms might be a lesion where the bite occurred with swelling and redness. After about an hour, muscle pain can spread through the entire body. Most common symptoms are muscle aches, headaches, nausea, cramping, difficulty breathing, and increased sweating. If bitten, seek medical attention immediately to help minimize damage.

Brown Recluse spiders are brown with a blackish violin shaped mark on its cephalothorax (fused head and thorax). Because a lot of spiders are brown, many are claimed to be brown recluse spiders. In fact, brown recluse spiders are nocturnal and only the males hunt for prey. The females tend to build webs to help them catch prey. This species of spider does not generally come from outside but is more often transported between structures when people move. They hide in dark places, usually on wooden surfaces such as inside furniture or cardboard boxes where people don't notice them. Most bites from this spider happen accidentally when the spider has been disturbed. Reaction to the venom varies based on the individual and how much venom was injected. Fatalities are extremely rare, and the bites are more dangerous to young children, the elderly, and people with poor health. For those who are more sensitive to the venom, the bite mark will generate a small white blister soon after the bite occurs, the tissue may become hard and present dry, blue-white or blue-grey lesions with red around it. If infected, it can cause some skin around the bite to deteriorate. If bitten, seek medical attention immediately. Though no commercial antivenom exists, other treatments are available.

The best way to avoid these accidents is to have your home treated for them by contacting us at Beeline Pest Control.

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