All Spiders Are Dangerous: Myth
From horror movies depicting them as eight-legged monsters with ferocious appetites, spiders are probably the most feared critters in the world. And justly so with a variety of species outfitted with fangs, venom, and the ability to fling barbs or irritating hairs. But should all spiders be avoided at all costs? Let’s find out in this month’s fact or fake.
Humans have lived among spiders throughout time and most kinds of spiders pose very little to no threat. In fact, most spiders are beneficial to have around. The common house spider you may see in the corner of a room can help reduce the number of pests that could be lurking in your homes and gardens. Spiders feed mainly on insects and most typically steer clear of humans – unless they feel threatened. In these instances, and depending on the species, spiders like the black widow, brown recluse, and a few others have been known to bite humans that may cause adverse outcomes due to the potency of their venom. Such reactions can include pain, swelling, fever, tissue necrosis and even cardiac arrest to people that are highly allergic to the spider’s venom.
If itsy, bitsy spiders become a larger problem in your home, leave the treatment to the professionals. Contact your local Orkin professional to schedule an inspection and customized plan that’s right for you.
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