spider myths busted

Spider Myths Busted

spider myths bustedServing Memphis, Cordova, Germantown & Collierville  TN

It is common for people to be fearful or afraid of spiders. This phobia is referred to as arachnophobia, and it does exist! While many people may not mind spiders living outside, they most certainly do not want them anywhere near or inside their home. Whatever may be the cause of this phobia, there are certainly some common myths about spiders that may feed into this fear. Your Memphis area pest control provider AAA Termite and Pest Control is here to set the record straight. While you may not want spiders in your home, it is good to be educated on the truths behind these creatures. As it turns out, spiders are quite helpful in eliminating other unwanted pests.

Spiders are Venomous

While it is true that some spiders are venomous, the large majority of spiders that we have in West Tennessee pose no risk to humans or pets. However, we do commonly see brown recluse and black widow spiders, both of which have a venomous bite. More common, however, are harmless spider bites that get infected or cause an allergic reaction.

If you believe that you have been bitten by a poisonous spider, and you exhibit any one of these symptoms, see your healthcare provider or visit the nearest emergency facility immediately.

  • Itching or a rash develops
  • Muscle pain or cramping
  • Radiating pain from the site of the bite
  • Sweating
  • Bite location turning reddish to purplish in color
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Chills
  • Anxiety/restlessness
  • High blood pressure

While this list of symptoms may not leave you feeling fond of spiders, knowing what to look for if you or a loved one experiences a spider bite means that you will get treatment faster, and hopefully avoid extreme side effects.

Spiders Spread Diseases

Wrong! While many other pests such as cockroaches are prone to spreading diseases to humans, spiders do not. Spiders actually help kill these type of harmful pests that could transmit diseases. We would be much more concerned about mice or roaches living in a home than we would be spiders, although we understand that most people still do not want spiders living in their home.

Spiders are Aggressive

Spiders tend not to be aggressive unless provoked. In most cases, a single spider will not show aggression or try to attack you. Be mindful, however, should you spot an infestation of spiders, contact the pest control professionals at AAA Termite and Pest Control to take care of the situation for you.

How can I get rid of spiders in my home?

Spiders are one of the most common household pests. While you can take certain measures to reduce their occurrence, often times the only way to completely get rid of spiders is with professional pest control treatment. However, keep your house clean, and remove any cobwebs that you find lurking in corners or up near the ceiling, and in dark closets. These are some favorite areas that spiders like to build their webs. Store unused belonging in tightly sealed containers instead of boxes. This should prevent spiders from setting up camp inside of your belongings.

Pest Control in Cordova

AAA Termite and Pest Control can provide pest control services for your home or business. To schedule an appointment, contact AAA Termite and Pest Control today at (901) 737-7378. We serve clients in Cordova and Memphis, Tennessee.