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Black Widow Bite

There are few spiders that strike more fear into the hearts of people than the black widow spider. Even the name "black widow" seems menacing and it has led to many myths that this spider actively seeks out people to bite. This is not remotely true, of course, and black widows tend to be very shy and stay out of sight as much as possible.

The fact is that black widow spiders do not seek people to bite. They will protect their webs and their egg sacs however. If disturbed, it is possible that a black widow will bite, but their aggressiveness has been greatly exaggerated.

Although black widows are notorious for being deadly poisonous, this is also a myth. Black widows are very small and more than likely the bite that they deliver will not be able to produce enough poison to do much harm to a normal-sized human. There has not been a death associated with a black widow spider in a very long time in the United States.

However, some people might have compromised immune systems or have allergic reactions to insect bites. In that case, treatment for the black widow bite might be needed.

If you have black widows around your home or property and you want them gone then call the experts in spider removal at Western Exterminator. You can schedule an appointment online or you can call us at 800-937-8398.

Black Widow Bite Symptoms

The first thing that you might notice with a bite from a black widow is a sharp, stinging pain. That would be the black widow actually biting. They are very tiny and have small fangs, so it is possible that you might not even feel it.

The bite area might show two very tiny red dots. Those are the fang marks. Around the bite area the skin might be swollen or red. It may not hurt much and you may not notice any further symptoms. In fact, some spiders, like the black widow, even administer "dry bites" that do not inject any venom.

If you have had venom injected and start to notice any of the following symptoms, you should call a medical professional immediately:

  • Muscle cramps - starting around the bite area and spreading

  • Chills or fever

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Profuse sweating

  • Headache

  • Restlessness or a stupor

  • Shock

  • Pains in the chest, back or stomach

  • High blood pressure or racing heart

Any of these can be signs of a possible severe reaction and should be treated seriously by a medical professionals.

Black Widow Bite Treatment

If you are bitten and suspect that it's a black widow, the first thing you should try to do is find the spider and capture it. This may be tricky, but bringing the actual spider to the doctor can help them determine treatment.

Once you have done that, try some of these treatments:

  • Stay calm - there is no need to panic. In fact, panicking and moving about in a panic can cause any venom injected to spread faster.

  • Apply ice - to the wound area to reduce swelling.

  • Wash the bite - using soap and water

  • Elevate the limb - this helps prevent any venom from spreading as fast

  • Use antibiotic creams or ointments - this will help reduce any potential infections caused by the bite.

Of course, if you have any real concerns about your reaction to the black widow bite then call your medical professional right away. They will be able to administer treatments that will prevent anything further serious from happening.

Western Exterminator Stops the Spiders

If you have black widows around your home and are worried about getting bitten, then get them removed. Western Exterminator has been providing reliable pest control for more than 90 years. We will be able to find the spiders on your property, remove them and their webs, and offer advice on how to prevent their return.

For peace of mind, call us at 800-937-8398 or use our convenient online form to schedule a technician appointment.