What You Need to Know About Spider Bites

With the unseasonably warm weather that Oklahoma has been seeing lately, it’s no wonder we’re still getting a lot of calls to spray for spiders. The more spiders spotted means that more people are dealing with spider bites. Thankfully most spiders don’t bite humans and the ones that do only do so if they’re provoked. Most spider bites don’t even fully penetrate human skin. When spiders actually do bite, the vast majority of those bites only cause a mild reaction in people, such as minor swelling, inflammation, or itching.

However, black widow and brown recluse spider bites can cause serious reactions and need immediate care. Unfortunately, both of these venomous spiders are commonly found in Oklahoma and in homes. To protect your family and yourself, keep spiders out of your home, and know the spider bite signs and symptoms that you need to watch out for:

Brown recluse spider bite:

Closeup image of a Brown Recluse, Loxosceles reclusa, a venomous spider camouflaged on dry winter grass
  • red blister in the center with surrounding bluish discoloration around the bite
  • swelling or redness around the bite
  • development of pain around the bite within 2 to 8 hours
  • joint stiffness or pain
  • nausea, vomiting
  • body rash
  • fever and chills
  • fatigue

Black widow spider bite:

A Deadly Black Widow Spider Waits in its Web
  • rigid, painful muscles within 8 hours
  • no sign of the bite on the skin
  • abdominal (belly) pain and cramping
  • nausea and vomiting
  • breathing trouble

Allergic reaction to any spider bite:

  • swelling of the face or mouth
  • difficulty swallowing or speaking
  • chest tightness, wheezing, or difficulty breathing

Seek medical care right away if you notice any of these signs or symptoms of spider bites. The quicker that treatment can be administered the better.

If you’ve found yourself dealing with an invasion of spiders this Fall, then call the arachnid extermination specialists at Emtec Pest Control. We’re happy to discuss your specific spider situation and recommend the service best suited to your individual needs.

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.-