Spiders biting you in your Oregon home? The good news is most of the 3,000+ varieties of spiders in the United States are not poisonous. And, thankfully, in Oregon none are considered very dangerous. That does not mean that the spiders around here can’t or won’t try to bite you. But most have fangs that are too small or too weak to pierce your skin.
The bad news is that, if a spider manages to scratch the surface of your skin, they leave a toxic venom that can cause some serious reactions. You’ll know if you’ve had an uninvited guest if you find an itchy, red spot or other allergic reactions. Commonly the bite could take about a week or so to heal.
Spiders can easily get in your house, crawl into bed with you or hang out near the ceilings in your house. While spiders are very good predators and keep the population of pesky insects down, most of us prefer that they do it outside, not inside.
What Does a Spider Bite Look Like?
Unless you see the spider, it may be a few hours before you notice that some creature bit you. Eventually, you’ll notice some swelling and a dark-pink welt. It almost seems like there is a small point of skin missing. You may also notice that the area starts to swell up, blister or becomes painful.
More serious symptoms include spreading muscle pain, fever, chills, headaches, rashes, swollen lymph nodes, high blood pressure, sweating, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting. Call an ambulance if you experience any of these serious symptoms, as they may indicate a life-threating, allergic reaction.
How Do You Treat a Spider Bite?*
If you don’t have a serious allergic reaction, you can treat most bites with the following home remedies after thoroughly cleaning the bite:
- Use an ice pack to help reduce the itching and swelling
- Elevate the area to help reduce swelling
- Consider taking an antihistamine to help stop itching
- Apply a topical antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
Consult a Pest Control Expert
We understand that spiders are an important part of our natural, Oregon ecosystem. Keeping away other insects that spiders eat, like flies, mosquitos or ants is the best way to keep spiders out of your house. To this end, ensuring window and door screens are in place and in good working condition helps. Keeping things clean is imperative for keeping spiders out. It’s best to consult with an expert spider removal company to treat your house for spiders on a regular basis to keep them to a minimum.
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* This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding insect bites and reactions. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read on this website.