What Everyone Should Know About Dangerous Spiders In Tulsa
May 15, 2020
All spiders have venom, and all spiders have fangs. But there are only two types of spiders in Oklahoma that are considered medically significant to humans: the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider. Today, we're going to discuss a few things you should know about these two, potentially dangerous, spiders.
How To Identify A Brown Recluse Spider
If you see a brown spider in your home, you may be tempted to think you have a brown recluse infestation. There are a few spiders in our neck of the woods that are brown in color. The recluse is fairly easy to distinguish from these other spiders.
A brown recluse is:
Has a dark brown fiddle mark on its back
Is a little larger than a quarter
How To Identify A Black Widow Spider
There are some spiders that get mistaken for black widows. One species, Steatoda grossa, is so commonly mistaken for a black widow, it has earned the name, false black widow spider. The Western bud spider, S. hespera, also gets mistaken for a black widow. One sure way to tell the difference is to look for the red hourglass marking that black widows have on the bottom of their abdomens. But keep in mind that not all widows have this marking. Sometimes it's not an hourglass; it's a dot. And sometimes it's not red; it's another color, such as yellow.
Where You're Likely To Encounter A Dangerous Spider
These two spiders share a common characteristic that will give you some insight into where you're likely to find them hiding. While black widow spiders don't have "recluse" in their name, they are reclusive. They can be found in still, quiet locations, such as attics, basements, storage rooms, garages, barns, sheds, and other outbuildings.
They also share a love for hiding in dark, sheltered locations. If you have stacked wood, logs, trees with heart rot, rubble, or brush near your home, both of these spiders could be lured in. You may find them under decks, porches, or patios. They might take shelter inside an object in your backyard, especially if it has a void inside.
Every once in a while, these spiders get into common areas. When they do, they can climb into some unexpected places. If you know why they do this, it won't be so unexpected.
Anything that looks like a dark hole can be inviting to a black widow or brown recluse, such as:
A boot or shoe
Crumpled covers on a bed
A bunched-up towel on the bathroom floor
Clothing that has been left in a pile
Spaces between stacked boxes in storage
Boxes, coolers, totes, and other storage receptacles that are open and accessible
A Bite From A Black Widow Spider
If you are bitten, it will probably hurt quite a bit. You may also get flu-like symptoms. But your chances of dying from a black widow spider bite are very low if you seek medical attention as soon as possible.
A Bite From A Brown Recluse Spider
If you are bitten, you should experience mild pain and a rash should form. In the center of the bite there will be a blister or ulcer. There may be intense itching. Most bites will not amount to more than this, but it can be a serious threat when the necrosis in the wound spreads through your skin tissue. You should have the bite checked out immediately.
Dangerous Spider Control
If you live in Tulsa Oklahoma, remember that the team at Dandi Guaranty is always standing ready to assist you with your pest control needs. We can help you eliminate these spiders in your home, or set up a pest control program to keep them from getting in. Reach out to us today to learn about the services we offer.