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Spider Bites 101

March 1st, 2016

Spider Bites 101

It’s likely that all of us will fall victim to a spider bite at some point in time. But do you know the basics of the types of spiders that bite and which pose threats to humans?

Here are the basic facts: first, all spiders have fangs and venom, but luckily for us, the majority of spiders found in the United States are not harmful to humans. We hope this eases the minds of those who count arachnophobia as one of their fears!

In fact, only two types of spiders in the U.S. can cause serious harm. They are (you guessed it …) the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. Interestingly, male Black Widows rarely bite, and females are known to bite in defense, especially if they are guarding eggs.

Similar to the Black Widow, the Brown Recluse spider also bites in defense. But luckily, common household spiders rarely bite and pose no threat to humans.

Do you have a fear of spiders? Have you ever encountered a Black Widow or Brown Recluse spider in your home? If you have any concerns, we encourage you to contact a professional pest management company that can take the necessary steps to ensure all types of spiders stay out of your home.

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