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A. Poor, maligned spiders. They get blamed for a lot of bites that really aren’t their fault. The likelihood that you have a dangerous spider bite is relatively slim.
The truth of the matter is, ALL spiders have fangs, and all spiders have venom in their fangs. But, most don’t have venom that is toxic to us. And only some spiders actually bite. In fact, there is some very telling research that shows that the majority of conditions diagnosed as “spider bites” are actually not attributable to spiders.
There are only two species of spiders in North America of medical importance (a fancy way of saying their venom is toxic to most humans): the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider. Although black widow spiders are found throughout the U.S., they are most prominent in the Southern and Western states. Brown recluse spiders are only found in the Midwest and Southern U.S. states.
So, the likelihood that you have a dangerous spider bite is relatively slim. However, spider bites do happen, so you should always have a plan of action.
The best advice I can give? Take steps to avoid spider bites. Here are a few tips:
Of course, if there are too many spiders around your home or property, the experts at Western Exterminator can help get rid of an infestation and offer ways to prevent a return. Contact us today!