Spiders, in general, are not very dangerous. However, some are can be and many people are totally freaked out by the sight of them. Spiders are arachnids; they have 8 legs, don’t have wings or antennae, and their main food is insects. Their presence can be annoying, and their webs can be an unsightly mess but have you really considered the serious dangers that some spiders pose? In Hawaii, the spiders of concern are the brown violin (recluse) spider or the black widow spider! You will want to be able to recognize these bad boys right away to keep your family safe from their dangerous bite.
The brown violin (recluse) spider is venomous and people can become seriously ill if bitten. You will recognize them by their dirt or sandy brown color and violin-shaped marking on their back. They also only have 6 eyes rather than 8 like most spiders, but you are not likely going to be close enough to notice. They are true to their name and build their webs in areas that are undisturbed and dry. Areas like boxes, dressers, shoes, woodpiles, barns, sheds, closets, basements, and attics often suit their reclusive need. Their webs are gray or off-white, sticky, and loose. If bitten, a person will show symptoms such as sweating, nausea, fever, and chills followed by an ulceration of the area around the bite. Always seek medical attention if you experience any of those symptoms. The venom can cause severe tissue damage over time that will not heal without medical intervention.
Black widow spiders are known for their courtship practices. Sometimes she will eat the male after mating. The males are not venomous, but the female is the most venomous spider and can be far more toxic than a venomous rattlesnake. The females are a shiny dark brown or black with two red triangles in an hourglass shape underneath, and the male can be gray or brown and will have a pattern on the topside of red dots with white or yellow lines. Both male and female have round plump abdomens. The webs will be irregularly shaped with strong thick threads and can be found under rocks, under wood piles, in cellars, in meter boxes, and in warm corners. If bitten, a person will show symptoms such as high blood pressure, headache, pain, sweating, vomiting, nausea, fever, chills, or even shock. In some cases, a black widow spider bite has led to death. If you have any symptoms or think you have been bitten by a black widow, you should seek medical attention immediately.
As you can see, spiders like the brown recluse and the black widow are not to be taken lightly. They will enter homes through cracks and crevices, through broken or damaged screens, and around poorly fitting window and door frames. Your family could be at risk if you do not take proper precautions. Sealing up all entry points is a good idea, but can’t keep all spiders from entering. A professional year-round pest protection service would make a great investment to keep your family safe inside your home. In Hawaii, Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions offers industry-leading solution for all of your pest control needs. Our experienced technicians can get the best possible outcome effectively and efficiently, and can often respond the same or next day. We follow stringent guidelines and use the most natural products possible for each job. In addition, we offer an outstanding warranty at no extra cost. Year-round protection will rid your home of pests and keep them away for good. Give Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions a call today and discover what a difference a pest-free home makes.