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Spider Information and Spider Bites
Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. But spiders are not insects or bugs they are arachnids. Though they do prey on insects and bugs. Spiders are eight legged with four pair of legs and they can grow another leg if they lose one.
Spiders tend to give people the creeps and just plain scare the hell out of some people. And unfortunately for those people with arachnophobia spiders are found everywhere on earth except for Antarctica. There is very likely a spider with in eight feet of you right now as you are reading this. Maybe closer.
There are six different types of Black Widow Spiders but only two can be found in the United States. The red hourglass on the female black widow spider in the United States symbolizes danger. If you see a red hour glass on a spider stay away. It is most likely the deadly black widow spider. If you have an outdoor mail box a black widow spider may make a home there.
If you see a black widow spider in your outdoor mail box purchase a good brand of spray intended to kill spiders and spray it. If you don't want to use a poison for some reason go natural. Instead use a citrus based cleaner and spray the spider and the entire inside of the mailbox with the citrus based cleaner. You can purchase a bottle of citrus oil and mix it one tablespoon per quart of water and it will kill any spider on contact. About once a week spray the inside of your outdoor mail box with the citrus oil and no spider will take up residence there.
You can spray your mixed citrus oil water outdoors any place you see or think you have a spider problem. Keep down on clutter both indoors and out and if you have to work with firewood where you know brown recluse spiders may be hiding wear gloves.
A black widow spider bite is usually small and red and may have white around it. If you even suspect that you or someone has been bitten by a black widow spider go to your local emergency room and voice your concerns loudly. Tell them you think you or some one else you have with you may have been bitten by a black widow spider.
The below two charts are a spider identification chart about the poisonous spiders in North America and a chart all about spider bites and their effect on humans.
If you have a spider story why not share it with us in the comment section below. Let us hear your spider stories. Were you or someone you know bitten by a black widow spider.
Luckily most spiders bite only when threatened but if you know poisonous spiders are in a area use caution. Most spiders are not aggressive. But if you mash one or put your foot into a shoe occupied by a spider you may very well receive a spider bite. And if you have any doubt at all that it might be poisonous head straight for your emergency room. Its always better to be safe rather than sorry. Both Brown Recluse and Black Widow Spider bits can be painful and yes even kill you if you do not seek immediate medical attention.
In the 20th century in the United States there were about 100 reliably reported deaths from spider bite but close to a thousand deaths from jellyfish stings so that can give you some ideal of how often a spider bite kills. But that's not to say that a bite from a Brown Recluse Spider or a Black Widow Spider can't be painful and possibly even deforming if it's a serious bite. So again if you think you have been bitten by a spider and your not 100 percent sure if it was a poisonous spider or not seek immediate medical attention.
So even if you don't have arachnophobia use caution in areas where you know there are spiders so you don't get a spider bite. If you have to work in a area where spiders occur treat the area by spraying it with citrus oil and wear gloves so that you don't get a spider bite.
If you or someone you know has been bitten by a poisonous spider please share your story about the spider bite below. And thanks for taking the time to read my Hub Page about Spider Information and Spider Bites. Please post your comments or questions about spiders now.