During home visits in the Kansas City area we have realized there are two types of customers. Those who find all the creepy crawlies intriguing and the ones who find them downright frightening. With the scared group you have those that do not want a single pest around them and there are those who only dislike the very large scurrying pest. While this doesn’t make sense to everyone, one thing you need to be aware of is that some pests and spiders pose an imminent threat to humans.

There are 2 species of spiders that fall into this category. The black widow is one of the most feared and rightly so. It is not largely known that the black widow’s bite has been reported to be 15 times stronger than that of a rattlesnake. There are several hazards caused by the bite of a Black Widow. The symptoms can include nausea, muscle aches, and difficulty breathing due to paralysis of the diaphragm. Young children and the elderly are more seriously affected by the bite which can result in death.

Most Black Widows are easily identified. They are always black but usually have a red shaped hour glass on their belly. This is not always the case as some may just have a red dot or maybe no red at all.

The other spider to be leery of is the Brown Recluse. This spider has a venomous bite, as well. If the bite isn’t that bad and not much venom has entered the body then there will only be a small red marking on the skin that will heal quickly. The more serious bites will cause quite a large wound. These will normally get to be a few inches long and wide and may take up to several months to heal. Just like the Black Widow, those who are weaker will develop more serious symptoms including fever, chills, restlessness, and vomiting.

Your best defense is to just avoid these spiders all together if you come across one. Do not deliberately disturb them, their webs, or surroundings. These spiders are common to the area. It’s best to call an expert who can remove the venomous spiders and check the rest of the area for anymore spiders as well as infestation. Call Zip Zap Termite & Pest Control today at 816-407-PEST (7378)

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