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How To Tell If You Are Dealing With Spider Bites In Souderton 

When you see a spider crawling up your wall or find one staring up at you from your shower drain, it can cause you to wonder about how concerned you should be about the spiders in your house. If you find a bite on your skin when you wake up in the morning, you may put two and two together and assume you're getting spider bites. If you have a fear of spiders, this can create more than a little anxiety. We hope to alleviate some of your anxiety today. Let's look at spiders and their bites, the attributes of a spider bite, and how pest control in Souderton can protect you from several common pests in our area that can bite you, including spiders.

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What Do Spider Bites Look Like?

If you go to the internet to find an answer to this question, you will see lots of bites that look different from each other. Some bites look inflamed and have a scab at the center. Some bites have a blister or an ulcer. Some have no noticeable wound at all. You'll see lots of bites running down an arm or leg. You'll see bites that look like vampires are to blame. Some bites look like a bullseye and others are just plain gross. It is confusing. Are all of these spider bites? No. You'll find lots of pictures on the internet that say they are spider bites when they actually aren't. So how can you tell spider bites from bites caused by other pests? There are a few ways you can figure out if you have a spider bite. Let's begin with what spider bites may look like:

A spider bite may be surrounded by a rash. The rash may be mild or severe, extensive or minor. In many cases, a spider bite rash will be darker than the rash caused by other pests.
The center of a spider bite wound might look like someone poked you with a pin.
You may have a blister or an ulcer. Some spiders have a venom that causes necrosis. If the necrosis is spreading under the skin, you may see discoloration of the skin. Your skin may even look black.

While these descriptions can help you distinguish spider bites from other bites, you need more information. The wounds you find on your skin could be caused by many things. You may have a bite wound from another arachnid, such as a tick. You may have an insect bite. You may also have a medical condition that causes wounds that look like bug bites but actually aren't. It is surprising how often brown recluse spiders are blamed for wounds they didn't cause. These spiders are legendary through no fault of their own. Brown recluse spiders are reclusive. They don't prefer to bite people and tend to live in undisturbed areas of homes. But anytime someone has necrosis, they wonder if these spiders are involved. Researchers frequently get reports of brown recluse bites in states with no populations of recluse spiders. Once again, we say it is confusing. 

Do Spider Bites Itch?

All spiders are somewhat different. Some aren't able to bite you. Their fangs aren't strong enough. Some spiders bite, but they have weak venom. Black widow spiders have strong venom that can produce medical symptoms but may only cause a dry bite. A dry bite is when no venom is injected into the wound. Brown recluse spiders cause necrosis, but it is rare for the necrosis of a brown recluse bite to spread and cause a disfiguring wound. Most of the time, a bite from a spider (even a venomous spider) will not amount to much, but no matter what spider bites you and no matter how severe the reaction, you can expect the wound to itch. That itching is not caused by the spider. Your body produces that itch. What? Plot twist!

When your body detects a foreign substance, it responds by sending histamine to strengthen your white blood cells. It does this to fight off many things, including a bacterial infection. If you cut your finger, it may get red around the wound and begin to swell and itch, just like a spider bite. You can apply antibacterial cream and put a bandaid on your wound to reduce these symptoms. The same is true of spider bites. If you clean a spider bite, apply a cream, and cover it with a bandaid, you can reduce the itching. Some physicians also recommend taking an antihistamine to reduce the swelling and itching caused by histamine.

Another factor to consider is that you can worsen the swelling and itching when you scratch a spider bite. Scratching a wound increases inflammation (swelling) in the area around the wound. Your body will respond by sending more histamine, which increases the itchy feeling. So, while you might feel some relief at first, that relief will be replaced by an even greater itch.

Okay. If spider bites, insect bites, and general cuts are all associated with itchiness and redness, and spider bites look like other insect bites and medical conditions, how can you tell when you have a spider bite? You'll need more evidence. Let's take a look at how you can piece the puzzle together. 

How Can I Tell The Bite I Have Is A Spider Bite?

You have a mystery to solve when you find bites on your skin. While you can look at the bites and guess that spiders caused them, it may not be enough. As we pointed out above, many bugs can bite you. Here are a few questions you can ask that will help you determine what pest is pestering you with bites.

  • Do you have several bites on your skin? If so, they're not likely spider bites. Spiders don't have a reason to seek you out and bite you. Mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, bed bugs, and other common pests that bite are drawn to feed on your blood. Spiders don't eat blood. 
  • Do you have a lot of spider activity in your home? If you see spiders often, it is possible that you're getting spider bites while you sleep. Some spider species have a mild bite.
  • Did you feel a pinprick when you got the bite? While most of the spiders in Souderton are harmless, it still hurts when they bite. If you can remember getting the bite(s), you may indeed have encountered a spider.  
  • Do you have flu-like symptoms? If you remember getting bitten and you have flu-like symptoms, you may have had a run-in with a black widow spider. These spiders are not generally harmless spiders. It always hurts when these spiders bite, and the symptoms that result can be compared to influenza.
  • Do you have several bites on your feet and lower legs? If so, you probably have a flea infestation. Once again, several bites are not likely to be spider bites. It is also helpful to understand that a spider that bites you at night is likely to do so on exposed skin.

Now that you know how to identify spider bites and how likely it is for a spider to bite you, what can you do about spiders? Is there a way to prevent bites? We recommend taking a step that addresses all the pests that can bite you—not just spiders. 

Professional Spider Control Is The Answer!

Ongoing pest control service for your home does more than address spiders that occasionally bite you defensively; it stops a long list of pests that are always looking to bite you. Treatments applied around your home can stop ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, fire ants, and other common biting and stinging bugs. Treatments applied to the exterior of your home stop biting pests from getting inside. At Moyer Pest Control, we use a multi-pronged strategy to provide your home with layers of protection.

  • Spot treatments reduce pest activity in your yard and landscaping.
  • Liquid barrier treatments stop pests from living near your home and finding ways inside.
  • Spider web and spider egg sac removal reduces spider populations directly, and a reduction of insects reduces the food sources that make spiders want to live near you.
  • Indoor treatments are provided as necessary to remove all indoor bug activity.
  • When spiders get into your home and don't find any bugs to eat, what do you think they'll do? Yup. They're going to go back outside to find a bite to eat.

There is no better way to prevent bites from spiders and other pests than to get ongoing pest control service for your Souderton home. Reach out to us today and ask us about Platinum Home Guard. With Platinum Home Guard protection, you get coverage for all the pests that bite and professional spider web removal around your home during each visit. Would you like to learn more or to schedule service? We'd love to hear from you. Start living the bug-free-life today. It is the best. 

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