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Deadly Spiders in Nevada

Posted on: August 1, 2018 by in Pest Elimination
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The hot and arid state of Nevada is home to four species of venomous spiders. While spider bites are rare, they can be very dangerous, especially for children and the elderly.

Tarantula

The first poisonous spider is the tarantula, although no one has ever died from it’s bite.  Tarantula’s are general pretty docile and won’t bite unless extremely threatened.

Black Widow

Next, the Latrodectus Hesperus spider, which is part of the Black Widow family is known by the red hourglass shape on it’s bottom half.  The female spider grows to 1/5th inch long and is considerably more dangerous than its male counterpart.  When approached, the black widow will usually retreat, unless it is protecting its egg sacs.  These dark glossy black spiders can cause localized discomfort and overall illness when they bite.

Brown Widow

The brown widow spider is tan/brown and sports the same hourglass shape, but in a dark almost black color.  The top of the brown widow spider has white or red spots and its legs usually have yellow and brown bands around it.  In this species the female is the only one considered dangerous.  This nocturnal spider likes it make it’s webs around outdoor furniture, grills, under decks and inside garages.  These spiders also will generally only bite in a defensive measure.

Desert Recluse Spider

The desert recluse spider is a relative of the brown recluse spider and can be any color between yellow-tan.  They don’t have any specific markings color markings but they do feature a distinct three pairs if eyes.  The brown recluse’s bites can cause severe damage to the human skin which produces a sore that is often very slow to heal.

How do you know if you’ve been bitten by a spider?

Generally speaking, the bite from a spider will feel similar to a pinprick, or you may not even know that you’ve been bitten.  The bite site may swell and be red.  A burning sensation is also common and can be compared to a bee sting.  A desert recluse bite may cause severe pain for up to 8 hours, and the victim may experience a rash, headache, fever, joint, pain, nausea or abdominal pain.  Spider bites are rarely deadly and only a few deaths have been associated with the desert recluse spider bite.