false widow bite symptoms

False widow bite symptoms

False widows have caused much controversy in the media as of late. With many major newspapers publishing stories of horrific allergic reactions, to slamming the small pests as nothing more than a mere nuisance. So where do false widows exactly stand, and how can you distinguish their bite to another spiders?

Well first things first, false widow spiders have been in this country for a long time already. The United Kingdom has played host to the species since the early 1800’s. The most probable explanation as to how they migrated from the Gran Canaries is through food exports and banana crates, so the propaganda spread by the newspapers today is just there to strike fear. But make no mistake either, false widow spiders are hostile if aggravated, so if you do require these spiders removing from your property, it is best to contact a pest controller or specialist who can assist In the professional removal.

However, it can bite and can be quite painful towards humans. The pain has been explained as no different to a wasp or bee sting. A sharp cutting pain on the skin wall. If you think you have been bite from a false widow most symptoms would include swelling and pain all along the limb and the area you suspect you have been bitten. The biggest giveaway of a spider bite is the two small (needle head in size) marks left on the skin from the spiders bite. Similar symptoms are found in wasp and bee stings.

What makes a false widow spider bite potentially dangerous, is the risk of allergic reaction. Like all allergic reactions they can be extremely dangerous. The most severe cases of reactions are the ones that the newspapers are all but too quick to respond to. Yes, if you are allergic to the venom you can have a nasty reaction, some victims have explained a feeling of nausea and fever shortly after being bitten. What makes the reaction gruesome and notorious is that the venom can react with the allergy and begin eating away at the flesh around the bite.

First things first though, if you suspect you have been bitten, you must make sure you clean the wound, with soap and water to ensure the bite doesn’t become infected, this will reduce the risk of secondary infections. More serious symptoms that have been reported are simply just an exceptional reaction of the individuals to the venom. Everybody reacts to pain differently, not to mention how healthy your body is and immune system.

All in all, if you are scared that much about the bite, go see your local doctor and seek medical attention. Like almost all spiders though, the false widow is venomous. Its bite has a mild effect on humans but can react badly. If you suspect that you have false widows within your property call a professional!

You can attempt to remove the pests yourself if they are causing you distress or you fear for your small children and pets in the house, but it is not advised to tackle the problem yourself if you are unsure as to how to tackle the situation. As false widows can be easily aggravated the best method of removal is by killing them as humane as possible. Relocating the spiders can result in them breeding again through the warmer summers before taking up residence in your property throughout the cold winter months.

So there you go, if you suspect you have a spider bite, don’t fear! Chances are the swelling will go down in due time and it is best advised to keep the wound clean and sealed. If you feel nausea and gather a fever as a result of the bite, contact immediate medical help, as you could be having an allergic reaction, but the chances are… you’re not.


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