When Spiders Are Worthy Of Fear
Nothing brings spiders into the limelight quite like Halloween. More trick than treat, spiders can cause fear in people for many reasons; especially those that are dangerous. Halloween might be over, but they can creep around long into the winter.
There Are Many Spiders In The World
There are over 40, 700 species of spiders around the world, and hundreds can be found in Maryland. Spiders are great for the garden, but when the temperature cools, they can make their way into homes to find a warm winter retreat. Most spiders are harmless, but they can be creepy and annoying when they drop down upon you suddenly. And if you find multiple spiders in your home, it can be a sign that you have a more serious pest infestation, as they like to feed on other common household pests.
Only A Few Locals Have Venom
Spiders who have venom cause the most fear in humans. Thankfully, there are only two types of venomous spiders that can be found in Maryland.
The brown recluse spider is not native to this area of the country, but some have been transported here and spotted on occasion. The bite of a brown recluse can be painful, and some people can have a severe allergic reaction. 10 percent of brown recluse spider bites can result in dead tissue in the area of the bite, and some people can develop an
Black widow spiders are native to Maryland, and they can be the most dangerous. The chances of being bitten are low since they are not easily provoked, but reaching into a box of holiday decorations where they are nesting can be a disaster. Bites cause immediate stinging, burning pain, and redness at the sight. Other serious symptoms can include:
• Fever and Chills
• Nausea and Vomiting
• Muscle Pain and Cramping
• Itching and Rash
• Difficulty Breathing
If any of these symptoms occur, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Get The Fear Out
Whether you have a venomous spider, or just a group of creepy crawlers, the sooner you get them out, the better. We can tell the difference between the hundreds of spider species that you might come across every day, and the one species that lost its way. Don’t leave your home and your health to chance. Contact us at the first sign of spider activity to get the fear out of your home.