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How to Treat A Black Widow Bite

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How to Treat a Black Widow Bite

The black widow spider is often cited as deadly, making it one of the most feared spider species. The truth is, black widow bites are rarely fatal, and in fact, these spiders are not inherently aggressive at all. Black widows will usually only bite when provoked, and in such instances it is only the female black widow who will bite.

How to Identify a Black Widow Bite

If you have been bitten by a black widow, you might not even notice initially. If you do feel the bite, it reportedly feels like a pinprick. Soon, you will feel a sharp pain at the site of the bite, which will feature two puncture wounds and appear red and swollen. Minutes after the initial bite, symptoms will manifest.

Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

- Muscle cramps or spasms

- Nausea

- Sweating

- Severe chest pain

What should I do if I’ve been bitten by a black widow?

Though death is an unlikely result of a black widow bite, you should seek medical attention immediately if you notice such a spider bite. Symptoms may be worse in children, the elderly, or those who are ill. Following your hospital visit, call your local pest control company to ensure that you won’t get bitten again in the near future.***Bybee Pest Control offers simple, stress-free services for all of your spider-related needs. Call us at 435-256-0561 or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment today!


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