Arachnophobia is the all-encompassing fear of spiders. If you are like most people, you have at least a touch of this phobia. While you might not have an irrational fear like those who suffer from the condition, you likely don’t care much for the small, eight-legged creatures. These are the two most terrifying spiders found in the Carolinas:
The Black Widow:
You are probably familiar with the black widow’s appearance. It has an almost glossy sheen to its body and has an hourglass-shaped red mark on the underside of its abdomen. The male widow spider is smaller than the female and rarely bites. The more aggressive females bite more often but will still usually only bite in defense. The most common reason for them to attack is if they are guarding or laying eggs.
The female black widow prefers to spin her silken web in a protected space, such as under decks, house steps or stones. They are rarely found inside of houses. The black widow bite produces sharp pain that typically lasts for hours, resulting in localized muscle cramps. The pain can become severe and spread to other parts of the body and be accompanied by tremors and weakness. Cold clammy skin, a feeble pulse, spasmodic breathing, and delirium might also be experienced. Death is very rarely a result of a black widow bite thanks in large part to the presence and availability of an effective antiserum.
The Brown Recluse:
The brown recluse spider appears harmless. It is yellow to light brown in color and on the smaller side, with its body only measuring around 3/8” long. When its long legs are extended, its length grows by more than an inch. The easiest way to identify the brown recluse is its three pair of eyes. The brown recluse won’t seek out humans to attack, as it is shy by nature. It typically hunts for prey at night and hides during the day. However, its hiding places can lead to accidental encounters with humans as they like to hide in ceiling light fixtures, under insulation in attics, under furniture, in boxes or in closets. These locations are prime areas for them to be accidentally found and bite in defense.
Chances are, you will never experience the bite of a black widow or brown recluse spider, however, that doesn’t mean you have to share your home with these pests. Thankfully, you can get rid of all types of terrifying spiders around your property today by calling Clark’s Termite & Pest Control. Contact us today!