Spiders are a common year-round household pest that forms webs around lamp posts, in doorways and dark spaces like basements, attics or ductwork. They are often found behind shrubs, under boards or along the siding of houses. Many species can survive months without food or water. In the home, spiders usually spread from the attic and crawl spaces to the rest of the house.
Black widows are typically identified by a black body with an orange or red hourglass on the bottom of the abdomen, but some have only a red stripe, pair of dots or no markings at all. Their bite is potentially neurotoxic to humans, causing severe muscle pain or spasms. However, the name “widow” is inspired by a strain of the female species that devours the male spider after mating.
What to do if you have a spider bug bite?
Wash the Bite with Soap and Water
Apply a Steroidal Anti-Itch Cream
Hydrocortisone or cortisone cream will reduce the itchiness of the infected area as well as inflammation. This can be found at your local drugstore or pharmacy.
Other ways to get itch relief to include the following:
- Combine baking soda and water to create an anti-itch paste. Apply this to the infected area.
- Dip a cotton ball in lemon juice and rub the infected area to relieve irritation.
- Apply Aloe Vera gel to the infected area for pain relief.
Consult Your Doctor