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Are Spiders Poisonous?

Well, there are around 40,000 species of spiders and they can survive almost anywhere in the world. They are found in high mountains and also deep down in the ocean. Spiders also live in the freezing cold of Antarctica and you can find them in hot deserts too. Apart from your home, they can be found in trees, underground burrows and also in cracks of rocks! Since, spiders prey on other pests and insects like roaches, earwigs, mosquitoes, flies and clothes moths, they can (if left alone) eat most of the insects in your home.

Are Spiders Poisonous? The answer is "no", but at the same time we must understand that there is a difference between being poisonous and venomous. Hence, There are no poisonous spiders, but almost all spiders are venomous!

Spiders use their venom for hunting, not self-defense, because they want to immobilize their prey prior to being eaten. The spiders like sac, wolf, jumping, and cobweb-weaving, which may be found in homes very rarely bite humans but these bites are not dangerous. The Black Widow and Brown Recluse are venomous spiders which are dangerous.

The black widow spider's venom is actually a neurotoxin that can cause headache, dizziness, shortness of breath and other systemic symptoms. Death is possible but very rare. On the other hand if the sufficient venom of the brown recluse spider is injected, a skin ulcer may develop at the bite site.

Now, there are these Funnel Web Spider species. The venom of these spiders can kill a human within minutes, if no antivenom is available. This makes the Funnel Web Spider one of the most poisonous spiders in the world.

If you think (or actually) you have biten by a spider and as a result if any skin problem that becomes infected, then we recommend that you must see a doctor. If you think that your home has been infested by spiders, then it is advisable to immediately seek services of a professional spider control experts. Most of the professional pest control companies have technicians trained to get you rid of spiders. Essen Pest Control is one such company and you may call them at 613 804 7378.

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