Oregon has around 500 species of spiders living in its borders. Most are small are rarely seen because they live in the forest, under rotten logs, in rock crevices or similar landscape. A dozen or so are found in or around residences. Spiders do have fangs and almost all have venom, but very few are thought to have bites harmful to humans. The rest are considered harmless, to people at least, feeding on insects and other invertebrates.
    The most dangerous spiders found in Oregon are the black widow and hobo spider. A previous blog highlights the hobo spider, so this time we will look deeper at the black widow. Black widow spiders are dangerous, as a bite from a black widow should always be treated as possibly very serious. The black widow will enter homes and will bite if they feel threatened or are surprised. They will leave 2 puncture marks and the venom they make will affect your nervous system. Some people have a small reaction to it, but others might experience a more severe reaction. Immediately after the bite you may feel burning, pain and the area may turn red and start to swell.
    Black widow spider like to live in dark, cool places. Shake clothes and towels before use and try to keep your blankets a few inches off the floor to keep them from visiting you in your sleep. Vacuuming often especially in corners and under furniture will help decrease your chance of surprising one. Keeping a close eye on plants or wood brought from outside will help keep them out of your home.
    Black widow bites can be fatal to the elderly and young children. If you suspect a older or young person has been bit, get them to an emergency room immediately. Try to kill and put the spider in a jar or bag for the doctor to identify the severity of the bite. The easiest way to not be bit by a black widow is to make sure they aren’t around in the first place. Sasquatch Pest Control has the know-how and treatment plans to keep your family safe from the black widow. Call today! 503-828-9492