Everything is Bigger in Texas! Even the Spiders!

There are spiders all over the world and some of them are harmless and can just cause some minor panic in most people, but some can be scary for other reasons. There are several kinds of spiders that produce venom and the potency can be very harmful to humans and pets. There are two main spiders in Texas that are venomous and can pack a punch if you get bitten.

Black Widow Spiders

The black widow spider lives inside and outside so they can be a problem anywhere you are. The female black widow is well known for its black body and the red hourglass shape on its belly. The unique spot can be seen easily and let you know that it is a dangerous spider. The male black widow is pretty plain and offers no descript spot that lets you tell it from any other black spider. The black widow got its name because the female spider will eat the male spider after mating, leaving it a widow. The venom of a black widow is considered a neurotoxin and can cause some serious reactions. It has even in severe cases caused death. The venom of a black widow has more potency than some rattlesnakes. If you want to be careful about coming across these spiders you want to be mindful of woodpiles, cardboard boxes and even near bathrooms.

Black Widow Spider Bite Symptoms

There are some symptoms that you can look out for if you think you may have been bitten by a black widow spider. Some of the things that can begin to happen are pain at the site of the bite, abdominal pain, sweating and vomiting. You may even have a headache and start getting welts and lesions near the bite location. If you have any of these problems after a bite you should contact a medical professional right away.

Brown Recluse Spider

The brown recluse spider is usually a shade of brown or golden in color and the distinguishing mark is a fiddle mark on the head area. The brown recluse has a different type of venom that causes necrotizing of the flesh. This means the area that is affected is usually a smaller area but can cause a larger sore that can be hard to heal. This spider is not aggressive and they will try and stay away from people if they can, but if they are trapped or startled they can and will bite. They tend to hide in basements and in clothes that are undisturbed for some time.

Brown Recluse Spider Bite Symptoms

There are some symptoms that you can look for that can come after being bitten by a brown recluse spider. You may experience chills or a fever, nausea and restlessness. You can also have some necrosis.

If you want to keep these spiders or any other types of pests out of your house call A-Tex Pest Control today to set up service in your home.