Nov 19, 2009, 12:41 PM
Clark Pest Control Belmont Office
Well this morning I came across a very well written article by the Palm Beach Post. This article implies that spiders will NOT bite you " Did you know that spiders don't drink your saliva, bite you or crawl in your mouth and get swallowed as you sleep? If one is found in your tub or sink, it fell in from above while looking for water and did not crawl up from the drain. "
Now for most spiders, its first line of defense is to bite, you reach into a box or other container, not even seeing the spider and you get bit. Now the spider didn't say to itself "ATTACK!!" you caught it by surprise and in its mind it probably saw you as a predator and went into defense mode.
"Spiders are glad to get away from you, so let them. The big three - the wolf, huntsman and nursery-web - spiders might wander into your house or park themselves just outside the door and catch roaches and other unwanted pests before they can enter.
Although these are large, brown, scary-looking spiders, their bites are not dangerous. And if you learn where they hang out, the two of you can get along without any late-night surprises."
Now as we know spiders are venomous, with only a hand full being medically significant, such as, the Black Widow, Brown Recluse and few Tarantulas, the Blue Cobalt is not deadly but does require a trip to the hospital. Bites reactions vary and is based on an individuals reaction. I have been bit by a jumping spider, now some people I have spoke to had no reaction, I had pain for several hours and swelling and redness around the bite.
Again This article is a good article, worth a read, but please do not go out picking up random spiders, you could get bit! I would also like to add that one of the best ways to deter spiders is knocking down webs on a regular basis, if you feel you have an infestation please contact your local pest professional. Clark offers Spider control, call Clark today!
Original Palm Beach Post article: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/services/content/residences/epaper/2009/11/01/wildlifespider1101_vc.html