Spiders are creepy, crawly and just plain no fun to have around. While they work to keep down insect populations in nature, having them in your home or business can be hazardous.
Southern and Central Illinois play host to some dangerous eight-legged pests including black widow and brown recluse spiders. Neither species is known for being aggressive but will bite if disturbed. Larger wolf spiders also deliver a poisonous bite but are easier to see and avoid. Black house spiders are the ones you have to watch out for most indoors. They like to hang out around window frames, toilets and lights waiting for food to come to them.
Other spiders at home in Illinois include garden spiders, grass spiders, fishing spiders and orchard orbweavers. These along with many other species are not poisonous but may still pose a problem if they wind up inside where they don’t belong. Having spiders in your home puts you and your family at risk of being bitten, and an infestation at your place of business can be a threat to employees and customers.
Health Threats from Spider Infestations
Bites from certain spiders such as the black widow or brown recluse can be fatal in some cases. Other spider bites cause pain or irritation that heals on its own but is unpleasant to experience. Some bites aren’t noticeable at first. However, symptoms may develop within a few hours after being bitten. Seek medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms that don’t go away or get worse after 24 hours:
• Intense or spreading pain
• Excessive redness or swelling around the bite
• Skin ulcerations
• Abdominal pain
• Nausea or vomiting
If you’re allergic to insect bites, there’s a risk of anaphylaxis should you be bitten by a spider. If you experience shortness of breath, a change in pulse, dizziness or skin symptoms such as itching or hives, get medical help immediately.
Spider Control Options
There are several things you can do to keep spiders from getting into your home or business. The most important is to practice good cleaning habits. Pests of all kinds thrive in dirty environments. Cleaning up deprives them of access to food and hiding places, and taking down spider webs discourages invaders from taking up residence.