Spiders: Best Kept In Fall Haunted HousesNPMA Staff
Thursday, October 15, 2009
By NPMA Staff
In October, haunted houses across the nation are filled with
creepy critters seeking to scare their many visitors. One of the
most popular and frightening images of Halloween are spiders.
Although ideal for this holiday, spiders, especially brown recluse
spiders, are insects that can pose severe health risks to
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA),
brown recluse spiders can inject poisonous venom with their bite.
Symptoms generally appear two to eight hours after the initial
contact and include itching, nausea, fever and severe pain around
the bite. In rare cases, these bites can lead to death.
"Brown recluse spiders tend to bite humans when defending
themselves," says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs
for NPMA. "However, when in close contact with human beings, these
spiders feel more threatened, exponentially increasing the
potential health risks associated with their presence in
Found predominantly in the Midwest and Southeast of the United
States, brown recluse spiders are identified by the dark brown
violin shape on their back. These spiders are known to build their
webs in warm, dry, dark environments, such as barns, woodpiles,
basements and closets, which makes home prevention key.
NPMA offers the following five tips to help prevent contact with
brown recluse spiders and other spider species:
- Avoid keeping clothing and shoes on the floor and consider
storing inside plastic containers.
- Shake out all clothing that has been in a hamper before wearing
- Keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter free.
- If a spider bites you, contact your primary care physician for
- If you have an infestation in your home, contact a licensed
pest professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.