Texas has nearly 900 different spider species. Most of those species are completely harmless, but two of them are considered dangerous. Anna, Texas is home to the two most venomous spiders in the United States, the black widow and the brown recluse.
Black Widow (latrodectus mactans)
Identification: Black widows are known for their shiny black color, globular shape, and reddish hourglass on the female’s abdomen.
Habitat: Common places where homeowners may find black widows include: wood piles, storage areas, meter boxes, and under the eaves.
Bites: Black widows are not aggressive and will only bite if they feel threatened or trapped. Their venom is extremely toxic, but very little is actually injected. Symptoms of a black widow bite may include: abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, pain, sweating, lesions at the site, tremors, and unconsciousness. Children and the elderly are most at risk from a black widow bite. Although an antivenom is available, doctors do not like to use it often because the chances of an anaphylactic reaction are fairly high.
Brown Recluse (loxosceles reclusa)
Identification: Brown recluse are typically light brownish-yellow in color. Their most identifiable feature is a dark brown or black fiddle-shaped mark on their heads.This pattern gives them the nickname of “fiddle-back spider.”
Habitat: When humans come in contact with brown recluses, it is often in basements, garages, around storage boxes, or in piles of shoes, clothes or debris that have been left on the floor.
Bites: Symptoms of a recluse bite include: chills, fever, nausea, lesions at the site, weakness, and necrosis of the tissue around the bite.
Spider Bite Prevention
Death or serious side effects from spider bites are extremely rare, but some simple prevention measures can decrease those chances even more. To prevent spider bites, follow these simple tips:
- Seal the exterior of your home with caulk or weatherstripping to prevent entry.
- Eliminate, reduce, or change outdoor lighting that attracts insects, which are the main prey of spiders.
- Get rid of spider webs by using a broom or vacuum hose.
- Keep landscaping (shrubs, grass, and other plants) neat and tidy. Trim plants back so that they do not touch your home.
- Wear gloves when gardening, hauling firewood, and moving storage boxes.
- Do not leave piles of clothing, towels, shoes, etc. on the floor. If you do, remember to shake them out before using them.
- Hire a professional to apply a residual pesticide around the perimeter of your home and treat the interior with a product that is approved for indoor use.
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