Spiders are a type of arachnids. This is a class of arthropods that also includes ticks, mites, and scorpions. There are over 40,000 known species of spiders found in habitats throughout the world. There is a huge array of spiders, such as those that can jump to significant heights, spiders that have similar appearances to pelicans, and even spiders that have a cartoonish look.
Spiders range in size from just 0.11 inches long, the Samoan moss spider, to the gigantic Goliath birdeater, which is a tarantula that has a leg span of almost one foot!
The best way to get rid of spiders is by making the environment less friendly to them. Take time to remove clutter, such as compost and wood piles, rocks, and other, similar items. Caulk any cracks in the home’s foundation to eliminate points of entry for spiders and seal windows using fitted screens. Doors should be designed with sweeps and weather stripping, and regular cleaning of window shutters is necessary.
To help with spider bite discomfort, The Mayo Clinic recommends taking the following measures:
- Wash the infected area thoroughly with soap and warm water and keep the wound clean
- Place an ice pack or cool compress on the wound to aid in reducing pain and swelling
- Elevate the wound if possible
- Take over-the-counter medications (NSAIDs) for swelling and itching. You can also use aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce swelling