Spiders

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Spider Bites

Spiders rarely bite in Ireland and none of the indigenous spiders are considered dangerous. Most spider bites will have little effect on people but some species can on occasion cause a reaction due to the venom injected.

Read more facts about the bites of a False Widow, Yellow Sack and a Brown Recluse spider:

Spiders that may bite

False Widow Spider

Adult False Widow spiders are not naturally aggressive towards people.

  • They only bite as a defensive measure if they feel threatened.
  • Most defensive bites to people occur when the spider is unintentionally squeezed or pinched.
  • Bites may result in localised pain, tingling and small swelling around the bite.
  • Occasionally more serious symptoms can occur but are usually an exceptional reaction of the individual to the spider’s venom.

Yellow Sack Spider

Their bite is sharp and painful and will cause erythema and swelling.

  • A wheal may develop, producing a necrotic area which can take eight weeks to heal.
  • Pain or numbness at the site of the bite may be followed by sweating and nausea lasting for up to 24 hours.

Brown Recluse Spider  

They only bite when crushed, handled or disturbed. Both sexes are venomous.

  • Reactions to bites will vary - some people are unaffected, others may feel a pinprick, others a stinging sensation followed by intense pain.
  • Some people may not be aware of the bite for 2 to 8 hours.

Are You Worried About Spider Bites?

If you have spotted signs of spiders, we can offer professional treatments to help resolve your problem.

Call us to discuss our spider control treatments for your home or business.