Black Widow and Brown Recluse Spiders in Vancouver, BC

April 3rd, 2013

Spiders-in-Your-Vancouver-Home.jpgMany people have a phobia of biting spiders, including Black Widow and Brown Recluse spiders.  While it is natural to not want spiders in our living space, and certainly not on our bodies, while uncomfortable, these venomous spider bites are generally not lethal. 

Black Widow  Spiders 

Black widow spiders prefer to live in dark crevices or corners, and are often found in out buildings, attics and garages.  They  are nocturnal and only bite when disturbed, so being watchful in places they like to live can help you avoid being bitten. 

If you are bitten, your best outcome depends on early detection and treating the bite appropriately.  The first sign is acute pain where you were bitten, even though there may not be a noticeable local reaction.  As the symptoms worsen you may experience severe muscle cramps, abdominal pain, tremors or weakness.  Elderly people and children are especially at risk so be sure not to ignore signs of possible bites.  If the person bitten experiences whole body symptoms, seek medical care immediately. 

Brown Recluse Spiders 

Like the black widow, brown recluse spiders are nocturnal.  But unlike black widows, brown recluse spiders move about the house while hunting and are found where spiders typically are not. This might include clothes and bedding.  Also different from the black widow is how severe the brown recluse bite can be.  Because of the possible severe progression of the bite, you should visit a doctor immediately.  The reaction may evolve from a small white blister to the skin becoming hard to the touch, and then developing a deep, painful wound.  As with the black widow, elderly and children are most at risk of severe reactions to the brown recluse bit. 

If you have a known issue with brown recluse spiders in your Vancouver home or business there are steps you can take to avoid being bitten, including: 

  • Be mindful to check shoes you haven’t worn in a while before putting them on
  • Don’t leave your clothes on the floor.
  • Inspect towels, bedding and clothes before use.
  • Don’t store things under your bed – including boxes, shoes, etc
  • Don’t reach behind paintings, furniture or boxes without looking first
  • Let light into the room
  • Avoid cluttered areas in the house
  • For babies & kids, put duck tape around the legs of the bed/crib with the sticking side facing out. 

The best way to manage a spider problem and ensure you are not bitten is to hire a Vancouver pest control expert who specializes in Integrated Pest Management.