Category: Spider Control

Infographic: The Brown Recluse

Brown Recluse On Wall

In the state of Texas, one of the most feared pests (if not the most feared) is the Brown Recluse spider. Unfortunately, there are many reasons to fear this dangerous spider. A Brown Recluse spider bite can cause painful skin lesions where the skin will actually rot. It’s a condition called necrosis, and is just one side effect of the Brown Recluse’s toxic venom.

A bite by a Brown Recluse spider can lead to expensive medical bills. Case in point: A Brown Recluse Bite Costs Woman $1 Million in Medical Bills.

When it comes to spiders found in the home, we can’t be too careful if the spider even resembles that of a Brown Recluse.

The following infographic, put together by the spider control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating, helps us understand the Brown Recluse:

Infographic: The Brown Recluse

brown recluse

brown recluse

San Antonio Brown Recluse Spider Control

When it comes to the Brown Recluse spider, there are actually 7 steps to take to prevent Brown Recluse Spider bites. Take these precautions, and do these steps. If you are still seeing Brown Recluse spiders inside your San Antonio home, or anywhere near your property, it’s time to call some San Antonio Brown Recluse spider control professionals. Brown Recluse spiders are actually one of the more difficult spider pests to treat. Make sure you do some research online, thoroughly looking through pest control company reviews, and make sure the spider control professionals you choose are up-to-date on all the most recent Brown Recluse control methods. We recommend:

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
San Antonio Chimney & Wildlife
333 West Olmos Drive #123
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 607-0347
texaschimneywildlife.com
 
Critter Control
1075 Grassland Drive
Bulverde, TX 78163
(830) 438-6108
crittercontrol.com

5 Interesting Facts About Tarantulas Physiological Features

Desert Tarantula In Hand

Tarantulas may be big, hairy spiders, but they have some physiological features that truly set them apart from other arachnids. Unlike most spiders, tarantulas are fairly non-aggressive towards humans, although they are natural born killers when it comes to other insects, mice, birds, and frogs. Below we’ll discuss five interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about tarantula’s physiological makeup.

Tarantulas Can Grow Up to 10 Inches

Tarantulas are some of the world’s largest, with some species growing up to 10 inches at full leg span, or approximately the size of a dinner plate. It’s no wonder movie directors display these fuzzy arachnids in horror flicks – can you imagine a spider the size of a dinner plate heading toward you?

Tarantulas Throw Needle-like Barbed Hairs in Self-Defense

Tarantulas rarely bite people, but if they feel threatened they will use their back legs to scrape barbed hairs from their abdomens and fling them and the so-called threat. Sound strange? It gets stranger – you’ll definitely know if you’ve been hit, as these barbed hairs tend to cause rashes. Some people suffer severe allergic reactions. Not that the tarantula gets off scott free – it ends up with a nice bald spot on its belly.

A Fall Can Kill a Tarantula

Tarantulas actually have thin skins, especially around the abdomen. A fall from even a short height can cause a fatal rupture in the spider’s exoskeleton. This is the number one reason why it’s recommended that you never handle a tarantula – it’s easy to get spooked when this large, hairy spider species is crawling on your hand, and the knee-jerk reaction is to drop it, which can result in the spider’s death.

Tarantulas Have Retractable Claws on Each Leg

Evolution didn’t leave tarantulas totally defenseless against the risk of falling – in order to provide them with a good grip, they have a retractable claw at the end of each leg to help them climb. Most tarantulas stay on the ground, but some climb up into trees or on other objects, which is when the retractable claws come in handy. In this aspect tarantulas are rather cat-like – by extending their claws, they can get a better grip on the surface they are climbing.

Tarantulas Can Regenerate Lost Legs

Tarantulas molt throughout their lives, giving them the ability to repair injured parts of their bodies. If a tarantula happens to lose a leg, a new one will grow in its place by the next time it molts. Depending on its age and how much time passes by before the tarantula’s next molt, the leg may be a bit smaller than the rest, but over time it should catch up with the rest of the spider’s body. Sometimes tarantulas eat their own severed legs in order to recycle protein.

Tarantulas have very interesting and unique physiological qualities which set them apart from other spiders. Though fairly harmless, if you’ve noticed an outbreak of tarantulas around your home, you might want to call in a pest control professional to check things out.

About the author: Chris is a professional for a ct pest control company. The movie Archanaphobia scared the daylights out of him as a kid, and although he doesn’t like spiders, they don’t freak him out anymore.

7 Steps To Avoid Brown Recluse Spider Bites

Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse Spider

Homeowners in San Antonio, TX have been on high alert as of late, due to the increase of Brown Recluse activity in the City and surrounding areas. These spiders are very dangerous, and their presence should not be taken lightly. If you are frequently seeing these deadly spiders in and around your San Antonio home, you need to take some effective yet practical measures to ensure your safety. Here are a couple steps to take in your bedrooms to keep from getting bit by a Brown Recluse spider:

7 Steps To Avoid Brown Recluse Spider Bites

Brown Recluse spider bites most frequently occur when a spider is trapped against the skin in shoes, clothing, towels, and bed sheets. Take these seven steps to minimize possible bites:

  • Move beds away from walls and curtains.
  • Remove or adjust bed skirts that touch the floor.
  • Do not leave clothes or towels on floor.
  • Shake out articles of clothing before putting them on.
  • Inspect bedding before climbing under the covers.
  • Keep shoes in plastic storage containers.
  • Store articles of clothing in sealed plastic containers inside drawers or closets.

Brown Recluse Spider Bites

Picture of a brown recluse spider bite

Brown Recluse spider bite (Photo credit: Armed Forces Pest Management Board)

If you are bitten by a Brown Recluse spider, seek medical attention immediately; even if you only suspect the biting culprit to be a Brown Recluse. Early stages of Brown Recluse bites have been passed off as something less significant until rotting dead tissue (necrosis) begins to set in. By then, it’s too late, with treatment possibly requiring skin graphs. The longer a bite victim waits to seek medical treatment, the less effective that treatment will be.

Initially, a bite will look like a raised, red, bump that is accompanied by tremendous pain. A bite will soon blister, turn white, and then eventually turn black as the skin dies.

San Antonio Brown Recluse Control

It’s no secret that San Antonio has Brown Recluse spiders. Do not get bit by these spiders. Take a few steps to minimize your chances of getting bit, and get San Antonio Spider Control!

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
San Antonio Chimney & Wildlife
333 West Olmos Drive #123
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 607-0347
texaschimneywildlife.com
 
Critter Control
1075 Grassland Drive
Bulverde, TX 78163
(830) 438-6108
crittercontrol.com

Spider Bite Costs Woman $1 Million

Spiders are one of San Antonio’s most feared pests, and stories like the one I’m about to share don’t help in with their’ perception.

Jane Hefferan’s leg was twice bitten by a Brown Recluse spider as she slept. The law student was able to keep her leg after a four year long ordeal that consisted of 20 surgeries and several dozen blood transfusions. The result? A $1 Million hospital bill!

Brown Recluse Spider Bite Leaves Student With $1 Million Medical Bill 

Four years ago, in the summer of 2008, Jane Hefferan had just finished law school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. While studying for the bar exam, she began to notice a swelling in her knee. Busy with her studies, Hefferan thought nothing of her swollen red knee. She actually passed it off as a running injury that had been plaguing her for quite awhile. Her leg began to get worse and so Hefferan took the advice of her physical therapist to get immediate medical attention. It was a good thing she did because doctors determined she was bitten by the very poisonous Brown Recluse Spider.

Hefferan was quickly rushed into surgery where surgeons removed all the necrotic tissue destroyed by the spider’s venom. Doctors had to cut down to the bone, removing all the dead tissue. She then needed skin grafts to cover the wound, but they just wouldn’t heal. A third graft was given, but it wouldn’t adhere. The graft kept opening up and bleeding. Doctors discovered the poor woman had an autoimmune disorder which kept her leg from properly healing.

After the first bit slowly began to heal, doctors made another gruesome discovery. The woman’s other leg had also been bitten by a Brown Recluse. This bite was much worse. Most of the tissue surrounding Hefferan’s leg began deteriorating leaving the woman with nothing more than exposed bone. After 20 different surgeries, and several blood transfusions, doctors were able to save both of her legs.

The total medical expenses for Hefferan’s recovery equaled almost $1 million. About one month in to the ordeal, Hefferan’s student health insurance ran out. Because her injuries from the spider were considered a “pre-existing condition,” Hefferan was only recently able to qualify for government insurance. She is grateful to friends in her home state of Michigan who helped raise funds to help her out with her medical bills.

Jane Hefferan is now doing well, and has become an advocate for spider bite awareness. Brown Recluse spiders are common in the Southern United states, including much of Texas.

Brown Recluse Spider Bites

 

Spider Bites 

Spiders and their bites should not be treated carelessly, and that’s the message Jane Hefferan would like the public to know. Watch out for spiders when you are outdoors, take precautions to keep them out of your homes; and most importantly, get help if you even think you might have been bitten by a poisonous spider.

Make sure you read my article about identifying and treating spider bites here.

San Antonio Spider Control 

This unfortunate story illustrates the importance and value of spider control. Pest control companies, like Bulwark Exterminating, have services geared to controlling spiders in your home and on your property. Bulwark’s one year service agreement, that treats your home every month, will cost around of $623 for the year. This price tag is significantly lower than a $1 Million price tag that could result from a spider bite. Don’t risk the pain of dealing with a spider bite, and don’t be stuck with a $1 Million hospital bill. Get San Antonio spider control!

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com  

San Antonio Chimney & Wildlife Control
333 West Olmos Drive #123
San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 607-0347
texaschimneywildlife.com  

Orkin Pest & Termite Control
4902 Center Park Boulevard
San Antonio, TX
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com 

 

 

 

 

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