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How to Get Rid of A Spider Bite

Spiders are one thing that even scares some grown men. That cabinet you haven’t opened for so long… has spiders in it, that bookshelf you haven’t touched since you finished college… definitely has spiders in it and don’t even let us get started on that basement or attic junk. 

You step foot in there and you are in for a creepy surprise.

The scariest thing about spiders is that they can creep up on you any time. Since baby spiders are almost invisible to spot in bright light, you never know something is crawling on you until you come in direct contact with it.

Before starting on the remedies on how to get rid of a spider bite, here’s a fun fact: in early ages, people believed that a bite from a spider caused tarantism. Derived from the word tarantula, the term means “erratic behavior”, which a person exhibits when bitten by a spider.

They believed that whoever was bitten by a spider would dance like a lunatic!

About Spider Bites

Fatalities due to spider bites are scarce. Since the introduction of modern medicine and the advances that are still being made, a spider bite is no longer fatal. A spider bite rarely causes severe pain or a necrotic skin wound. Also known as “arachnidism”, a spider bite usually falls into two categories: latrodectism and loxoscelism.

Latrodectism is neurotoxic venom that is released through a widow spider’s bite. Its symptoms include pain around the bite, in the abdomen and chest, sweating, vomiting, muscle cramps, and others. Loxoscelism is a condition caused when bitten by a recluse spider. This causes local necrosis around the bite and breakdown of the red blood cells throughout the body. Its symptoms include mild fever, vomiting and others.

The world’s most deadly spider is the Australian funnel-web spider. If bitten by one, it is better to seek medical attention than trying remedies at home.

Conventional Home Treatment for Spider Bite

Those non-venomous spider bites that feel like a pinch, you can easily treat them at home. Follow the below steps for the treatment:

Step #1: Wash the Bite

As soon as you feel a bite and see the spider crawling away, run to the bathroom and wash the area with water and an anti-bacterial soap.

Step #2: Elevation

Once you have washed the bite, sit down comfortably and elevate the body part that has the bite on it. This stops the spread of the venom and decreases swelling. If the bite is on your arm, then lift it up and gently lie back, and if it’s on the leg, then put a pillow underneath it.

Step #3: Use a Cold Compress

It is important to stop yourself from itching and slow down the swelling. For this, use a cold compress and press it on the bite for a few minutes. Repeat after every ten minutes and keep doing so for the entire day. If you do not have a cold compress then you can make do with ice. Simply wrap a few ice cubes in a cloth and change them after every few minutes.

Step #4: Take Medicine

If the bite still itches then apply any topical steroid cream you have lying around in your house. If the bite starts to pain, you can take over the counter medications such as Advil, Tylenol, or an antihistamine.

Step #5: Aspirin Remedy

If you do not have any of the above mentioned medicines lying around, then you can use aspirin. Instead of taking it orally, apply it externally. Here’s what you need to do: in a bowl, crush two aspirins and add half teaspoon water to make a paste. Apply this paste on the bite and leave it on for two hours. Reapply two more times over the day and repeat the next day if the bite still has redness around it.

The reason why aspirin’s a faster healer is because it helps in neutralizing the venom in the bite and decreases inflammation.

Home Remedies

In case you are fresh out of aspirin and do not have a first aid kit, then use these home remedies for the treatment:

  • Aloe Vera

Time and time again, Aloe Vera has proven itself as a powerful healer. It treats all kinds of skin infections and also helps bring back its luster. Full of enzymes, fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins, Aloe Vera helps calm the itchiness and inflammation. You can even use store bought Aloe Vera gel instead the actual plant. You can apply this gel several times a day on the spider bite without worrying about any side effects.

  • Lavender Oil

Lavender oil helps calm the redness and inflammation from a spider bite. It encourages fast healing, which makes it a great home remedy. Combine few drops of coconut oil and lavender oil, and gently rub it on the bite. You can apply this after every few hours throughout the day.

Since, sometimes it’s difficult to figure out if the spider that bit you was venomous or not, it is better to follow the conventional treatment steps. Once you feel that the worst part of the pain from the bite is over, you can use the home remedies for the long run. Why not stock up on all the supplies now? By doing so, the next time when this creepy crawly bites you, you‘ll be prepared.

Get Rid of Spiders Around Your Home With Professional Products From Solutions!

By far, the best cure of a spider bite is not having a spider bite to begin with. The way to do that is by being proactive and ordering some preventative spider control products from Solutions Pest & Lawn. Spiders are tiny and can easily crawl into your home and they often do by accident. They then decide to stick around if the conditions are good for them. To get rid of spiders, we recommend using a mixture of insecticide treatments and traps.

The convenient thing when shopping with Solutions Pest & Lawn is that you don’t have to waste time searching for the best products, we have a special kit that has all that you need. The Solutions Guaranteed Spider Control Kit contains Catchmaster glue boards, Web Out to knock down pesky webs and Reclaim IT insecticide concentrate to use as a barrier treatment around your home to keep spiders (and other bugs) out. Order it today and you will see the end of your spider problems before you know it.


A spider bite can be a painful experience but with the help of our soothing remedies and our suggestions to prevent spiders from coming into your home and making you susceptible to bites, you can protect yourselves and your home from spiders and their biting ways. For more helpful DIY advice and tips call us at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with us online!


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