Being Prepared in Case of a Spider Bite

At A-1 Exterminators, we’re proud to offer comprehensive spider spray and spider control services for all our clients. These crawlers can be both a health risk and a scary, unsightly presence for many people, but our services allow you to carry on daily life in your home or business without concern for spider presence.

In a rare case where you or someone close to you is bitten by a spider, whether in your own home or in another location of any kind, there’s no need to panic. Following the proper steps will allow you to manage the issue properly, even if it’s a serious bite, ensuring no one is permanently harmed. Let’s go over the steps you should take here.

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Spider Type

The first and most important part of this process is determining what sort of spider bit you or the other person in question. Once you understand this, you will understand how severe the bite is and whether or not you require medical attention.

Luckily, the vast majority of spiders that may bite you in the United States are not dangerous. Many, in fact, are too small or weak to even penetrate your skin when they bite. However, truly dangerous spiders like black widows or brown recluses do exist, and these bites can be serious. After a bite, immediately look up pictures of the spider that bit you – or the bite pattern, if you did not see the spider itself – and determine if it’s one of these dangerous types.

Medical Evaluation

If you’re able to positively determine that it was indeed a dangerous or venomous spider that bit you, you should seek immediate medical attention. The same is true if you’re unsure of the spider type, but are experiencing significant symptoms like major pain, sweating or breathing problems, abdominal cramping or any other notable physical issues.

Black widow bites, in addition, may cause stiffness, chills, fever symptoms and nausea. Brown recluse bites, on the other hand, may appear blue or purple tinged with a red ring present in some cases. Both these types should cause you to immediately see a doctor or even go to the emergency room.

Home Treatment and Future Care

In most other cases, spider bites may be mildly painful but will be otherwise harmless. They may leave an itchy mark on the bite location as well. If you’re confident the bite came from one of these types, simply clean the area using soap and water, plus an antibiotic just to be safe. If the area is painful or uncomfortable, use ice or take a basic antihistamine to relieve this. If the bite becomes more serious over time, see a doctor just to be sure you aren’t having some kind of reaction.

For more on what to do if you or someone close to you is bitten by a spider, or to learn about any of our spider control or other pest control services, speak to the staff at A-1 Exterminators today.