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There was an old lady who swallowed a spider

That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her…

Have you heard this silly children's song? Although it is unlikely that a person would intentionally swallow a spider, there are lots of other disturbing things spiders can do if they invade your home. Have you gotten up at night, fumbled your way into the kitchen for a late night snack, only to come face to face with a spider web across your doorway? It's no fun thrashing about in the middle of the night, scared that the owner of the web may have jumped on you. Have you been sitting at your kitchen table, only to see a big hairy spider slowly come into view in front of your bowl of cereal? It's no fun when that spider drops and disappears. Your peaceful breakfast is over. Maybe you have gone into your attic to search through some things only to open a box and be scared half to death when a spider scurries out. Yup, spiders are creepy and scary and no one wants them in their home. 

What kinds of spiders are in St. Louis Homes? 

Many spiders found inside homes are simply a nuisance. Spiders like the house spider and the cellar spider are a nuisance because they build webs across doorways and wait for their dinner to be caught. Other spiders such as the jumping spider or the wolf spider actually hunt down and chase their dinner instead of building webs. All spiders use their fangs to inject venom, which will either paralyze an insect or kill it. With these types of spiders, the venom used is not generally strong enough to hurt a person, but there are two types of spiders that are a real threat to humans. 

Dangerous Spiders

A brown recluse spider likes to be reclusive, thus their name. The best way to identify this dangerous spider is by the violin shape it has on the top of its body. And it is important to note that, if you see one of these spiders in your home, there are likely many more hiding away. It is also important to note that if you are bitten by a brown recluse, symptoms may include skin discoloration, blisters, mild to intense pain and itching, an open sore and a breakdown of tissue. And in some people, the symptoms are much worse and can progress if not treated. 

Black widow spiders get their name because a female will generally kill its mate after mating. They are shiny black in color and have a red "hourglass" shape on their back. Only the female black widow is venomous and if a person is bitten, the symptoms will affect the nervous system, causing symptoms to occur quickly. Symptoms include vomiting, difficulty breathing, chills, sweating, cramps, and pain. 

If you suspect that you have been bitten by either of these spiders, contact a medical professional immediately. 

Keeping Spiders Out 

There are several steps you can take to keep spiders out of your home including making sure all doors close and seal tightly, checking screens for rips and tears, dusting and vacuuming regularly to remove any webs, caulking holes in your foundation and trimming shrubs and bushes that are close to your home. If you have already been invaded, it is time to call in the professionals. Here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we have the experience, knowledge, and equipment to get rid of your spider problem. And with ongoing year-round pest control, you won't have to worry about spiders or any other household pests plaguing you day after day. Don't be like that old lady who swallowed a spider, or a fly, or any other pest. Reach out to Rottler today and get results fast.

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