Brown recluse spiders are one of the more dangerous spider varieties in the United States. When they bite humans, they can cause a condition called “loxoscelism,” which is a type of necrosis that damages skin and underlying tissues. This article will provide you with information about how to prevent brown recluse spiders from invading your home, as well as what to do if you or someone else gets bitten by one!
Are Brown Recluse Spiders Venemous?:
Yes, brown recluse spiders are venomous. That being said, some bites don’t have enough venom to create effects more than a pimple-like bump. But It really depends on the individual and how their body reacts to the venom.
Can Brown Recluse Spiders Kill You?
The short answer to this question is it could but not very likely at all. However, it’s important to note that the bite from a brown recluse spider can be very dangerous if not properly treated and monitored.
Brown spiders are typically shy creatures who prefer dark areas like closets or behind furniture where they wait for prey to pass by; however, their bites could happen at any time of day because these spiders often come out during warm days in pursuit of food scraps left on patios, decks or other outdoor spaces within range of your home.
The most common symptom associated with loxoscelism includes redness around the wound site (which may itch) followed by blistering over an area as large as several inches wide and then progressive tissue death leading to necrosis that can get increasingly serious if left untreated. That being said, effects will vary for everyone, and most people might not have any serious effects.
Treatment For Brown Recluse Spider Bite:
Potential symptoms of brown recluse spider bites may include:
- Redness around wound site (may itch)
- Blistering over an area as large and several inches wide
- Progressive tissue death leading to necrosis that can get increasingly serious if left untreated. Treatment for brown recluse spider bite includes applying a topical antibiotic ointment, using ice packs on the swelling and pain, taking oral antihistamine, adding ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce inflammation/pain from inflammation, icing wounds three times per day with cold compresses for 24 hours after initial treatment in order to prevent blister formation and infection.”
How To Avoid A Brown Recluse Bite?:
If you’re in an area that brown recluses live, then you’ll need to take a few preventative steps to ensure you aren’t at risk of a bite. If you follow the following tips you’ll greatly improve your chances of bite prevention and have a lot less to worry about!
- Wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors, especially in wooded areas where brown recluses are more likely to live.
- Vacuum up your home regularly to remove brown recluse spiders who might have wandered into your home.
- Store firewood at least 100 yards away from the house or preferably outside. Firewood is a very common home for these types of spiders, so you don’t want it too close to your home, or they might sneak into your home.
- Keep your yard well-manicured with grass kept short. Avoid tall weeds where they may hide. By keeping your overall lawn and property tidy, you’re limiting the overall number of places that these spiders might call home, and greatly reducing the chance of being bitten.
- Brown recluse spiders lay eggs in late summer and fall, so after these period you’ll begin to notice more activity.
How To Keep Brown Recluses Out Of Your Home?:
- Seal cracks in the foundation, wall junctures and any other openings into your home
- Install door sweeps to keep spiders from entering through doors or windows
- Remove clutter where they may hide
Final Thoughts On Brown Recluse Spiders:
Overall brown recluse spiders tend to get a bad reputation as these killing machines, but in actuality they are quite shy. Although they do have venom, they aren’t very aggressive, and their bites for most people won’t cause very serious effects. That being said, they can be dangerous if left untreated, so it’s always important to pay attention to the effects in case you get bitten.