Q:  Are spiders dangerous?

A:  Because all spiders are predators, every spider carries venom in the front fangs which help to neutralize their prey. Generally there is little complications resulting from spider bites, however, those with allergic reactions, especially children and the elderly, should be cautious and proactive when dealing with spider populations.

Q:  What are the most dangerous spiders?

A: It is important that homeowners are able to identify the three most venomous spiders (Black Widow, Brown Recluse, and Aggressive House Spider) and apply caution when an infestation is suspected.  When bitten by a spider, it is helpful to take the specimen to the doctor so it can be correctly identified.

Black Widow Spider
1/4 – 1/2 in size. Females are easily identified by their shiny black color with red or yellowish hourglass pattern on the abdomen. The males are smaller and lighter in color with light streaks. The black widow spider venom is a neurotoxin which may cause severe reaction. Convulsions and death may result if the victim is allergic or no medical care is given. The anti-venom, however, is available at most medical facilities.

Brown Recluse Spider
1/2 in size. This spider is generally yellowish to dark brown with a distinctive violin shaped brown marking on the top of the cephalothorax (region just behind the eyes). The bite is initially less painful than a bee sting but symptoms can be severe and show up 8 to 12 hours later. The reaction to venom is usually quite severe and immediate medical attention is necessary. The Brown Recluse Spider is usually found indoors and may bite when trapped or crushed.

Aggressive House Spider
1 in size. These spiders are usually brown with darker markings and account for most of the reported bites with symptoms similar to the Brown Recluse Spider. The main identifying characteristic is the funnel web which is produced instead of the cobweb.

Q:  How does HPS deal with spiders in the home?

A: Experts agree that the most effective treatment incorporates the holistic approach provided by Holistic Pest Solutions. This approach consists of the following:

Physical removal of adults and egg sacs
Identifying harborage sites
Exterior treatment of eaves, overhangs, and foundation
Identifying moisture conditions conducive to spiders and their insect food source.
Altering conducive environmental conditions.
A chemical only approach does not work. Holistic Pest Solutions provides a well-rounded approach which is safer and more thorough. Let our experts in pest remove solve your problem. Call us to schedule a free inspection or to simply get advice on a particular situation.