For some people, the sheer mention of spiders can make your skin crawl! These 8 legged creatures are an iconic figure for Halloween and been featured in numerous horror films in the past.
But why is this? Well, not only do they bring a whole new meaning to the phrase creepy crawly with those tantalising 8 legs, but they also pack a nasty bite!
Depending on where you live in the world, spider bites can range from being just a nuisance (similar to bed bug bites) to causing severe health complications due to the fact that some species of spiders are venomous.
If you have been bitten by a spider it is highly advised that you visit your doctor to seek medical attention and advice. Better to be safe than sorry right?
In the interim, here’s an overview of everything you need to know about spider bites.
What do spider bites look like?
There are over 43,000 different species of spider, and not all of them bite. Unlike mosquitoes and ticks, spiders only bite as a defence mechanism.
As there is a range of different spiders which are known to bite, combined with the fact that everybody acts differently to spider bites, providing a common description of a spider bite can be rather difficult.
Identifying spider bites
To correctly identify a spider bite, you need to find the creature who thought it was a good idea to get it’s teeth stuck into you.
By doing so you will be able to determine:
- Which creature bit you, if it was a spider or not?
- If it was a spider, what type of spider bit you, and what route to take for treatment.
Symptoms of spider bites
Identifying a spider bite can be a bit tricky due to a whole range of different factors. For instance, the appearance of spider bites also reflect those of skin boils and infections and can sometimes get mistaken for the two.
The symptoms of spider bites all depend on the type of spider that bit you. This is because each spider species has their own strength of venom. Spider bite symptoms can range from minor swelling and a slight irritation of the skin to a more severe impact.
What happens when a spider bites you?
Although it pains me to say this, unfortunately, getting bitten by a spider definitely doesnâ€™t turn you into spiderman – and it’s not from a lack of trying!
Instead, what happens is the spider pierces the skin with its fangs, acting like hypodermic needles they inject the venom into your body, causing your body to react in a certain way.
How to treat spider bites
Generally, spider bites require very little medical attention. However, this solely depends on the species of spider which has bitten you.
If you have been bitten by a black widow or a funnel web spider, or you are suffering from some adverse symptoms it is highly advised that you visit a doctor immediately and seek professional medical attention as quick as possible.
How to prevent spider bites
The best way to prevent spider bites is to reduce the possibility of them biting you in the first place.
The good news is that this can be done by making sure your home is not only free from spiders but by also making sure these arachnids have a difficult time entering your home in the first place.
How to get rid of spiders
As with most situations, the most effective way to rid your home of spiders is with the help of a pest control professional.
However, there are a few options you can explore to help prevent spiders from pillaging your home:
- Keep your home free of debris and clutter
- Make sure boxes are kept off the floor
- Regularly clean your home with a vacuum cleaner paying particular attention to corners and crevices.
- Reduce moisture – a food source for spiders and other insects
If you need professional help getting rid of spiders in your home, contact the experts at Rentokil today.