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There are two types of venomous spiders in the Knoxville area that you should be aware of. They are black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders. The big difference between these two spiders and the nuisance spiders in our area is that these two types of spider present a health threat. While the risk of having these spiders in or around your home is not nearly as great as you may have been led to believe, it is important not to shrug them off as harmless. Here's the simple truth about each.

Black Widows Spiders

Are you going to die from a black widow bite? Not likely. With modern transportation and access to high-quality medical care, few people die from black widow bites in the United States. But being bitten by a black widow can be extremely unpleasant, especially when a black widow is frightened. This is because she can decide how much venom she is going to inject into you. If she bites you as a warning, the envenomation will be slight and your symptoms won't be severe. But if she feels threatened, you could get a full dose. The takeaway of this is that trapping one of these spiders against your skin is far worse than accidentally sticking your hand near a black widow.

Another thing to consider about the threat these spiders present is that black widows don't want to bite you. While they don't bear the recluse name, they are reclusive by nature. They would prefer to run away from you than bite you.

When compared to a brown recluse, black widows aren't nearly as much of a pest control problem. These spiders do not prefer to be in your home and are far less common home invaders. But that isn't to say they don't get inside. They can, and when they do, they are drawn to storage areas. So be careful when you get boxes out of storage. You could get an unwanted surprise.

Brown Recluse Spiders

You've probably heard the horror stories or seen pictures of scary wounds that have been attributed to brown recluse spiders. This is because a bite from a brown recluse can have necrotic properties and a wound from one of these spiders can begin to rot. There's no doubt about it. But these spiders don't prefer to bite people and will run from you if they can. Bites usually happen when a brown recluse is accidentally trapped against the skin or when the spider population in a home gets out of control (which can happen with these spiders). There can be hundreds of them. This is the real problem. Brown recluse can thrive inside your Tennessee home. So it is not a good idea to let this problem go untreated.

Another concern to seriously consider is that a brown recluse can accidentally bite you in a sensitive area, like the cheek or eyelid while you sleep. This can quickly lead to a disfiguring wound. This is nothing to take lightly.

The Conclusion

When spiders get into your home, especially venomous spiders, it is a good idea to have a licensed and experienced pest professional take a look at the problem. A professional can properly identify the spiders you're dealing with and offer control options for correcting it. If you have ongoing residential pest control, it is even better. With pest service plans like our Power, Power Gold, Power PLUS+ and Power Platinum packages, you get year-round coverage for over 30 common pests, many of which can present a threat to your health and property. And while your Russell's Pest Control professional is protecting you from ticks, rodents, cockroaches, and other harmful pests, they'll be keeping a watchful eye out for signs of black widows and brown recluse spiders as well.

If you've been on the fence about investing in a residential pest control plan, take the leap. It is one of the best investments you'll make for your family, your pets and your home. No Tennessee home should be without this essential protection. Get your protection in place today. With Russell's, you'll always get the honest truth and you'll always get the highest possible level of pest control and service.


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