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Posted by Mark A. Puglisi, ACE on Fri, Oct 05, 2012 @ 07:52 AM

The spider needs a reason to bite, which is not a common thing since most spiders are not aggressive and only bite in self-defense. Spiders and snakes are probably the two most feared pests by most people. I can understand the fear for lots of reasons.  News media, movie industry, childhood memories, and a host of other sources have contributed to the phobia of both.  I’m going to focus on spiders in this blog post since we receive dozens of calls about people allegedly being bit by spiders each month.

The reality of this claim is far from what actually occur. Much study has been done over the years about this to see if there is actually documentation to support these claims.  I remember when the movie Arachnophobia came out, much like the movie Jaws, people were afraid to go in the water or their basement.  I was actually approached to represent the “exterminator” portrayed in the movie, but declined once I read the part.  Our industry at the time never seems to get the respect we deserve as a public health specialist, but that’s another story. 

So what are the real facts about spider bites and the likelihood that they could be responsible for all these claims?  First let’s take a look at some spider facts.

  • Most spiders do produce venom
  • Venom is used to subdue their prey
  • All spiders have fangs
  • Most spider venom is weak
  • Not all spiders spin webs

So it seems logical that spiders have earned their reputation, right?  Well not really.  These facts may seem to be a good match for all the claims of bites.  You really have to look at the biology of why spiders bite in the first place. Venom is a spider’s defense mechanism, so to use it prudently is a must.  Some species of spiders will take up to 16 days to replenish their supply of venom, so non-prey and people are not a good use of their resources.  We are not a food source for spiders.  If a spider does bite a human it would be for defense when they feel threatened.  Most spider bites to humans happen when they are handled.  Most people would rather not handle spiders, so that reduces a huge opportunity for spider bites just on that fact alone. 

So what about the daddy of all feared spiders, the Brown Recluse? You’re probably thinking, now we gotcha because there are dozens of news reports that people are bit by the brown recluse each year.  I think Malcolm X said “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power, because they control the minds of the masses”.

Here is another little widely unknown fact…they don’t exist here in California!  Let me repeat that…They Do Not Exist In California.  Let’s take a look at a recent study about this spider and where they do exist. A study, 2055 brown recluse spiders were captured over a six-month period in a Kansas home--400 of these spiders was big enough to inflict envenomation in humans. Despite the number of spiders that could have bitten the occupants, no one was bitten.  So how is it that we have so many people claim to have been bitten by a Recluse or knows someone that has? 

A true spider bite that has a reaction, a couple of things need to happen. Spiders must have fangs capable of penetrating human skin—many adult spiders lack these fangs to do that. Just because spiders have venom, not all venom triggers a response in humans.  Most insects that bite or sting will cause some sort of localized redness, simply because our immune system to the foreign proteins injected can cause classic swelling and redness. 

Many dermatologists diagnose the local skin reactions as “spider” bites likely because they assume the cause is what the patient is telling them.  Clients tell us that their doctor said it is a spider bite… The clinical definition of a spider bits is very specific, and it is suspected that many skin lesions or skin conditions are misidentified as spider bites. There has to be three conditions to a clinical definition of a spider bite.

  1. Pain at the site of the bite immediately following the bite
  2. Collection of a spider
  3. Identification of the spider by an expert to verify it is capable of producing symptoms

Only then, when all of these conditions are met, is it scientifically a spider bite.  I can offer some other situations that may cause “spider like” lesions here.

So after all this is said and done, random, unprovoked spider bites are rare. Spiders are beneficial and help control the non-beneficial pests.

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FAQs About Spiders

Posted by Mark A. Puglisi, ACE on Tue, May 29, 2012 @ 01:03 PM


Spider Fact Sheet that has some of the most common concerns.

Do spiders come indoors?

Some spiders will find their way into the house, but typically won't survive because their is no readily available food source. Spiders eat other insects, so if your home is free of insect infestation on the inside, your won't likely have a problem with spiders setting up residency.

Are tiny bites in the morning caused by spider bites?

No, bites noticed in the morning are general caused by bloodsucking insects, such as fleas, bedbugs, kissing bugs, lice or flies. Many times these "bites" are not even pest related, or what we call mystery pest and offer to put out Monitoring Boards for identification.

Do spiders chase people?

No, spiders don't chase people but some spiders move toward shadows to hide. If you are casting a shadow near your feet, it may seel like the spider is moving toward you while it is actually heading for the nearest hiding spot. Like most animals, spiders would prefer just to be left alone.

Do spiders come up in drains or bathtubs?

no, spiders don't live inside your plumbing or in your sink, bathtubs or showers. Sometimes they are thirsty and come to drink water droplets. They become trapped because it's too slippery or steep for them to climb out.

What causes spiders to bite people?

True spider bites, which are very rare events, happen when a spider is trapped inside your clothing when you are putting your cloths on. Many homeowners leave their "gardening shoes" outside on the back porch where spiders may crawl into. This can be a common source for black widow bites.

Do black widows always eat the male after mating? 

No, contrary to popular belief the male usually leaves peacefully after mating.

If you have concerns for these pest or any other, we are here to help.  We offer free inspection for general pest and can design a pest program for you and your family.

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Learn About Spider Bites

Posted by Mark A. Puglisi, ACE on Thu, May 17, 2012 @ 12:31 PM

Spider Bite?

Spider Bite

Spiders are probably the most feared pest to most people.  Spiders are blamed for most bites, yet are typically not the source of skin irratations and infections. A Spider bite is a rare occurance and there are many other things that can cause spider bite like "wounds".

Infections that need medical attention, such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)? Some staph bacteria are resistant to antibiotics. MRSA is a type of staph that is resistant to antibiotics called beta-lactams. Beta-lactam antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillian, penicillin and amoxicillin. While 25% to 30% of the population is colonized with staph, approximately 1% is colonized with MRSA

What is Staphylococcus aureus (staph)?

Staphylococcus aureus, often referred to simply as "staph," are bacteria commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people, no I am not going to go there, but approximately 25% to 30% of the population is colonized (when bacteria are present, but not causing an infection) in the nose with staph bacteria. Sometimes, staph can cause an infection. Staph bacteria are one of the most common cause of skin infections in the United States. Most of these skin infections are minor (such as pimples and boils) and can be treated without antibiotics (also known as antimicrobials or antibacterials). However, staph bacteria also can cause serious infections (such as surgical wound infections, blood stream infections, and pneumonia).

What does a staph or MRSA infection look like?

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Staph bacteria, including MRSA, can cause skin infections that may look like a pimple or boil and can be red, swollen, painful, or have pus or other drainage (two fun words), often blamed on insect bites. More serious infections may cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections, or surgical wound infections.

The forms of MRSA are a recently-emerging medical condition that is gaining recognition in the medical community. Lesions due to these bacterial infections are frequently misdiagnosed as spide bites. The psychological mythologies associated with spider bites are deeply entrenched in both the medical community and general public, and can lead to incorrect and detrimental opinions being formed by the client. Word-of-mouth misconceptions involving spiders run deep, and are persistent and difficult to correct. However, as more people in medicine, pest control and the general public become aware of MRSA, there eill be less reliance on spiders as scapegoats for mysterious skin lesions.

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