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Blog Post | Oct 8th, 2020

October Pest of the Month: Spiders

Spiders are eight-legged creatures that can be a living nightmare for people that have arachnophobia, which is an irrational fear of arachnids. Unfortunately, they have become a common pest around the globe, and their bites can pose severe health risks depending on the species.

Many individuals mistake spiders for insects, but they are arachnids, which is a class of arthropods. Spiders are characterized by their segmented body, exoskeleton, and jointed appendages. They also have chelicerae (mouthparts), which contain fangs that can inject venom into your body.

Spider species
Research shows that there are more than 45,000 known spider species, ranging from a tiny Samoan moss spider to the huge tarantula, Goliath birdeater. However, it's vital to note that not all spiders are pests, since some of them reside in tropical climates away from human beings.

Some of the world's deadliest species of spiders include black widow, redback spider, brown widow, and funnel-web spiders. These spiders can cause serious health complications - and even death.

Spider bites
While spiders have many positive attributes, such as being predators in your garden for harmful pests, they can pose a danger in your home or business establishment. For example, when they feel provoked or threatened, they can bite you and your loved ones.
Therefore, if you notice any spider webs in your house, avoid destroying them to prevent spider bites. Detecting spider bites can be difficult as they are often mistaken for infections or skin boils. Besides, these bites vary depending on the spider species.
If you have symptoms such as inflammation on the skin, itching, and minor swelling, you may have a spider bite.

Spider infestation
If you have a spider infestation in your home, you don't have to live with them. You can call us at Bayou Cajun today to get quality spider control treatment. We'll be able to diagnose the type of spider species in your home and use the most effective treatment to eradicate them.