Two Oklahoma Spiders to Avoid

Brown recluse spider (aka the Fiddleback)

This spider has a brown/gray abdomen with lighter colored legs. The area above the eyes looks like the rounded part of a violin or fiddle and are located, with the “neck” of the instrument pointing toward the body. All ages of the spiders share this marking.

Brown recluse spiders live in piles of wood, leaves and junk left in your yard. When inside your home, they often make homes in discarded clothing or shoes left on the floor and in the back of closets and cupboards.

A bite from a brown recluse can cause the tissue around the bite to die and erode. If infection settles into the dead tissue, it can affect other areas of the body. If bitten, wash the area and add ice to the bite, then contact a medical professional. The reaction to the venom is different with each individual and should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Black widow spider

You will recognize this pest by the shiny black body and red hourglass mark on the underside of the round abdomen. While the males and immature females of the species are harmless, the mature female has a toxic venomous bite.

They rarely leave their webs, but they build webs in places like sheds, barns and under garden rocks.

If you believe you have a bite, wash the area with soap and water, put ice on it, elevate the body part and immediately seek medical attention. Pain begins at the site of the bite. Within eight to 12 hours of the bite, stomach and back cramps begin followed by sweating, nausea, fever, headache, restlessness and tremors.

How to Keep Them Out of Your Home

The best way to keep bugs away is to take early preventive steps. Hiring a pest management company to routinely check and spray your home helps with many types of pests.

Regularly check and replace trim, weather stripping and outdated caulking. Remove old limbs, wood piles and dead leaves from your yard which provide habitats for bugs to live in and bring larger predatory pests close to your home. Fill low spots and drain standing water to reduce mosquito habitats.  Keep your home clean. Food left out and clutter can provide two of the needs bugs require for survival. Use strongly scented cleaners and regularly remove cobwebs and clean out closets and cupboards.

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