Identifing a Spider
Without any exaggeration, when you know how to identify spider varieties,
you could actually be one step closer to “saving your skin”. Anyone who
can recognize spider species, will be able to avoid getting exposed to
their bites. The easiest way to tell spiders apart is by comparing them
with pictures from albums and learning the features specific to each
species or variety.
Many people learn to identify spider specimens that live closest to their
homes, in sheds and garages. Inevitably, you will get into contact with a
spider sooner or later, either indoors or outdoors; the general tendency
is to destroy their nests inside of our homes since we associate cob webs
with a messy and unclean area. Last but not least, certain spider species
are a real threat to humans by the damage their venom can do to us.
Scientists are the one directly interested in the correct identification
of certain spider species, nevertheless, for the average man, knowledge
in the field can save one a lot of trouble. When you are able to identify
spider species correctly, the risk of getting bitten out of personal
negligence is a lot lower; moreover, in case you do get bitten, you can
provide valuable information about the species, thus making treatment a
Many patients are yearly treated for the wrong affection because of the
misidentification and misdiagnoses of spider bites. Since necrosis can
appear in the worst of cases, doctors can sometimes take it for other
skin problems caused by staphylococci or fungi. Hence, the ability to
correctly identify spider bites is vital for the right treatment of
Experts in the field often say that spider identification is tricky since
very many species resemble each other, and the venomous and the non-
venomous ones are found in a complex “who's who” relationship.
Presently, there are all sorts of devices that allow people to catch and
analyze the spiders that live in their homes so as to find out whether
they are poisonous or not.
Quality photos or drawings as well as proper descriptions of the species
are necessary when trying to distinguish between the various spiders that
live so very close to us. Homemade traps and low toxicity plant-extract
pesticides are often used against the poisonous “inhabitants” of our
houses that can give us some very nasty bites.
Prevention is the best way to self-security, and anyone living in areas
with poisonous spiders knows what that means.