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    Preventing Spider Bites - Topic Overview

    To avoid bites from spiders:

    • Wear gloves if working in an area where spiders are likely to live.
    • Avoid wood or rock piles and dark areas where spiders live.
    • Look for spiders in low-lying webs in garages, in barbecue grills, around swimming pools, and in wood piles.
    • Clear away old furniture, tires, junk, newspaper, and old clothes. This will eliminate places spiders like to live.
    • Plug openings and crevices into the house.
    • Move your bed away from walls so spiders will be less likely to creep into bed with you.
    • Shake out and check bedding for spiders before getting in the bed.
    • Shake out and check clothing and shoes for spiders before putting them on.
    • Do not leave your child's toys outside.
    • Consider spraying insecticides on any high-risk areas, such as known black widow spiderwebs, indoor cracks and crevices, closets, attics, wood piles, and under eaves and around baseboards and window areas. Repeat treatment is usually necessary.
    • If a spider gets on you, brush it off. Do not crush it.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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