Dangers of Brown Recluse Bites

Living in a southern state, Oklahomans are no stranger to the brown recluse spider. This highly venomous spider, sometimes referred to as a fiddleback cause of the distinct black line on the cephalothorax, is responsible for many ER visits yearly. However, pinpointing the time of a bite can be difficult until symptoms begin to show.

The bite of a brown recluse spider is often unfelt initially with no immediate pain indications. This can lead to serious complications because the spider produces a hemotoxic venom that can potentially be fatal. Most bites will not induce necrosis but severe dermonecrotic lesions and systemic illness can occur. Very rarely, the bursting of red blood cells, or hemolysis, can also occur following a bite.

The most common symptoms of envenomation include nausea, vomiting, rash, fever and muscle or joint pain. It is believed that around 50% of brown recluse spider bites will not result in necrosis or systemic effects; however, children, the elderly and ill individuals may be more susceptible. Pain will often develop within 2 to 8 hours before inducing necrosis in the following days.

Living up to its name, this spider is rarely aggressive and it is uncommon for the spider to bite in most cases. Generally, the spider is most likely to bite when clothing garments containing the brown recluse and pushed against the skin. However, the spider must be inside of the clothing as its fangs are too small to pierce most fabrics.

First aid for a brown recluse spider bite should be administered as soon as possible. If the spider is still intact, safely capture it in a secure container for identification by your healthcare provider. Local wound care and the use of an anti-necrotic agent can help ensure necrosis and scarring are kept to a minimum

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. We are also on Facebook and Google+.

At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.

Posted In:
Tags:

Recent Articles

Posted In:
Tags: