How To Avoid a Spider Bite

How To Avoid a Spider Bite

Spiders are fascinating creatures with a wide range of species that are countless across the world. In North Carolina, there are roughly 700 species in all different habitats. However, sometimes these creepy crawlies may find themselves in places that you do not want them, leading to a lot of issues and fear of spider bites.

Spider Behavior

Before we can dig into ways to prevent spider bites from happening, it is important to have a grasp on why spiders bite. Spiders typically seek shelter in dark, undisturbed areas such as basements, attics, and corners. They also prefer areas with an abundance of prey, such as insects. 

Just like other animals in the wild, they typically do not enjoy being bothered. Just imagine someone walking into your home unexpectedly, tearing through your things, and stealing your food. You would be pretty mad, wouldn't you? 

For the most part, spiders are afraid of humans and would rather just be left alone. They typically only bite as a last stand against intruders. Most spider bites are fairly innocuous, while some can leave lasting consequences.

Venomous Spiders in North Carolina

While it is always a good idea to get medical attention if you suspect that you have been bitten by a spider, there are two main species of spiders in North Carolina that are venomous. These spiders will actively inject their prey with a toxic substance:

  • Black Widow Spiders: These are the easiest-to-identify spiders in the region. They have large shiny black bodies with a distinctive red hourglass shape on their abdomen. While their bite is rarely fatal, it is a neurotoxin, meaning it can affect your nervous system.
  • Brown Recluse Spiders:  The brown recluse are fairly uncommon but can sometimes be found in wood piles, under rocks, or other dark, undisturbed areas. These venomous spiders have brown bodies with violin-shaped marks on their back. The bite from a brown recluse causes the tissue around the area to die quickly and can lead to serious complications.

Prevention Tips

Spiders can be easily managed inside and around the home with a little foresight and some caution. Here are some measures that you can take to prevent spider bites. 

1. Keep Your Home Clean and Clutter-Free

Maintaining a clean and clutter-free environment is one of the most effective ways to deter spiders. Regularly vacuum and dust your home, paying attention to corners, window sills, and under furniture. Remove any clutter that could provide hiding places for spiders, such as stacks of boxes or unused items.

2. Seal Entry Points

Inspect your home for potential entry points and seal them off. Cracks in walls, gaps around windows and doors, and openings for pipes and cables should be properly sealed with caulk or weatherstripping. This will prevent spiders from entering your home in the first place.

3. Eliminate Food Sources 

Spiders are attracted to places with a readily available food supply. Minimize their food sources by taking measures to control other pests, such as ants or flies, which can serve as a food source for spiders. Keep your kitchen clean, store food in airtight containers, and promptly clean up any spills or crumbs.

4. Install Screens and Door Sweeps

Installing window screens and door sweeps is an effective way to keep spiders and other insects out of your home while still allowing for proper ventilation. Ensure that screens and sweeps are in good condition, without any holes or gaps that spiders could squeeze through.

5. Outdoor Maintenance

Maintaining your yard and outdoor areas is crucial in preventing spiders from infiltrating your home. Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed, clear away debris, and remove any wood piles or compost piles located near your house. Regularly clean your outdoor lighting fixtures, as these can attract insects and subsequently attract spiders.

6. Professional Pest Control 

Consider enlisting the services of a professional pest control company, such as Rid-A-Bug, to address any existing spider infestations and implement preventative measures. These experts have the knowledge, experience, and tools to effectively identify and eliminate spider habitats, ensuring long-term spider control.

What To Do If You Are Bitten by a Spider

Sometimes spider bites are unavoidable, but before you lose your cool, there are a few things that you can do to minimize damage. Most spiders are not venomous, but it is important to exercise caution just in case you were bit by a venomous spider. 

  • First, elevate the body part affected and apply an ice pack. 
  • Clean the affected area with soap and water and apply antiseptic disinfectant to reduce the likelihood of infection.
  • If you are concerned that the bite is from a venomous spider, wrap a bandage or wrap above the bite to help slow the spread of venom.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Manage Spiders With Rid-A–Bug

Whether spiders are venomous or not, many homeowners are not interested in having to deal with spiders on a day-to-day basis. Working with a professional pest control company is key to spider management and extermination. Rid-A-Bug can rid your home of spiders and other pests. Contact Rid-A-Bug today, and we will be on our way to clear your home of pests.