Did you know the female black widow spider’s venom is 15 times as toxic as the venom of a rattlesnake?
Even though she is the most venomous spider in North America, she seldom causes death because she injects such a small amount of poison in each bite. The mortality rate for female black widow spider bites is less than 1%.
Male black widows and juveniles are harmless.
Should you get bit by a female black widow do not freak out. Some people only have a minor reaction while others prone to allergic reaction may have a more severe response.
The female black widow spider’s venom affects the nervous system. Immediately you may feel severe pain, swelling, redness, and even a burning sensation.
Other possible symptoms:
- Sore stiff muscles
- Abdominal cramps
- Excessive sweating
- Swollen eyelids
- Fatigue, weakness, tremors
- Trouble breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
Children and elderly bite victims
Do not take any chances with children or elderly. If you suspect a black widow bite get to the emergency room immediately. Black widow bites can be fatal, especially with young children.