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Venomous Spiders In Kilgore: How To Recognize And Stay Safe From Dangerous Arachnids

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There are many types of spiders in Texas. And while most of them might look scary, only a couple of spiders are considered dangerous to humans. In Kilgore, the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider are the only venomous spiders around. If either one of these spiders bites you, it could cause you to experience severe symptoms.

At Gecko Pest Control, your safety is our top priority. Our Kilgore pest control specialists know how to identify the dangerous spiders that are common in this area, and we can safely remove them from your home. Here is a look at everything you need to know about the venomous spiders in Kilgore.

Distinctive Features: How To Identify Venomous Spiders At A Glance

While many spiders in Kilgore have venom, the black widow and the brown recluse spider are the only venomous spiders considered dangerous to humans and pets. Luckily, these spiders have unique markings that allow you to identify them quickly.

The black widow spider is about 1 1/2 inches long and has a shiny black body. Their abdomens are large and round and are about twice the size of their heads. They have a red mark on the underside of their abdomen. While this mark is difficult to see when they are walking, when they are in their webs, they will usually hang upside down and give you a clear view of their underside. Their webs typically will be close to the ground, and they will often only build them at night.

The brown recluse is a brown spider much smaller than the black widow and can measure anywhere between 1/2 to 1/4  inch. This spider has a light brown body with a dark-brown marking on its back, shaped like a violin. The base of the "violin" is located close to its head, and the neck of the violin is pointing toward its back. If you look closely at their head, you can also see that they have six eyes separated into three groups of two. The brown recluse spider is known to build its web in elevated areas or dark corners.

Venomous Spider Bites: Symptoms And Emergency Measures

The brown recluse and black widow spider have toxic venom that can cause extreme symptoms, which might include:

  • Stomach cramps
  • Severe pain around the site of the bite
  • Muscle cramps
  • Weakness
  • Sweating
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Trouble breathing

The brown recluse spider has venom that might deteriorate skin and muscle tissue. However, if you seek medical attention after receiving a bite from either one of these spiders, there is a good chance the symptoms will be minimal.

Professional Venomous Spider Removal: Safe And Effective Eradication

Dealing with a venomous spider on your own can be extremely dangerous. If you see a black widow spider or a brown recluse spider in your home, you should call an experienced Kilgore spider control specialist as soon as possible to have it safely removed.

Spider-Proofing: Tips For Preventing Dangerous Spiders In The Home

If you want to keep venomous spiders out of your home, some simple tricks that you can try include:

  1. Reduce the amount of clutter in your home to eliminate any hiding spots.
  2. Seal cracks or openings that you find around your house. 
  3. Make sure that you don't have an insect infestation already in your home. 

If you are looking for an easy way to keep dangerous spiders out of your home for good, call our Gecko Pest Control professionals today for help with spiders and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Kilgore.