Do We Have Dangerous Spiders In Tulsa?
March 25, 2020
Although not all spiders in Tulsa can harm you, there are some dangerous species of arachnids. It’s important to know how to identify dangerous spiders and to learn how to prevent them from living in your home.
What Type Of Spiders Live In Tulsa?
There are several dozens of spider species in Tulsa. For instance, orb weavers, tarantulas, and wolf spiders are found throughout the city. Whether you live in a rural area or an urban area, there’s a good chance you’ll come across a few spiders. Although tarantulas and wolf spiders can bite, they don’t always cause harm. Unless you have a reaction to a bite, there’s not much risk. But there are two species in the area that can cause you serious harm. If you’re bitten by a brown recluse or a black widow, the consequences may be serious. They aren’t as common as other spider species, but they have the potential to be lethal.
Brown Recluse Spiders
It’s easy to misidentify a brown recluse spider. In fact, it’s one of the most misidentified spiders in the area. They’re light brown and have short hairs, although you don’t want to get close enough to see their hairs! The brown recluse only gets to be about ½ of an inch long. To identify it, look for a violin shape behind its abdomen. Its web is irregular in shape and has a loose construction, which is different from the typical spiral and symmetrical web shape of other species. Although the brown recluse is not aggressive, it will bite under certain situations. If you apply pressure to the spider, they are prone to biting. This is most likely to happen when you put on a shoe or shirt with a spider in it.
Some people experience intense pain immediately after a bite, but it could take hours for you to notice the pain. After about eight hours, the bite will become inflamed and you will develop blisters. Depending on the severity of the bite, you may need a skin graft to repair the damage. Young children and the elderly are the most at risk for health complications, but other individuals tend to heal within five to six weeks.
Black Widow Spiders
Unlike the brown recluse, the black widow is relatively easy to identify, with the females being much easier to spot than males of the species. While the females have a bright red hourglass on their bodies, the males are all black. Only the females are venomous.
Black widow females are shy, but this doesn’t mean that bites don’t occur. If you experience a bite from one, the initial sensation isn’t overwhelming. The bite feels like a pinprick but then turns into a severe pain. As the spider’s neurotoxin spreads into your body, the pain intensifies. Symptoms of a black widow bite include the following:
- Respiratory issues
- Frequent vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle spasms
- Severe sweating
- Joint pain
In most scenarios, victims of a black widow bite survive. Only about 1% of bites result in fatalities, and only children, elderly, and immuno-deficient individuals are at risk of death. Although you should seek medical treatment for a bite, there is no antidote to the neurotoxin. It takes between one and five days for the symptoms to disappear.
Preventing Spider Bites In Tulsa
There’s no way to guarantee that your home will be spider-free. However, there are ways to keep you and your family safe from dangerous spiders.
If you see evidence of black widow or brown recluse spiders in your home, contact the professionals at Dandi Guaranty right away. We can eliminate the spiders and make your home safe for everyone. Give us a call today to learn more.