How to tell the difference between a good and bad spider
A spider’s bite is an indicator of its health and its fitness, but the difference in health can be subtle, says Dr. James R. White, director of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
“The difference in a spider’s appearance can be very subtle, and it can even be undetectable.”
A good spider bites, but not enough to kill It can take up to three days for the spider to get sick, but then it’s usually gone, so it’s a good sign, White says.
That’s because the spider is trying to eat the insect and so is more susceptible to bite damage.
If a spider bites the same spot in your body twice, for example, it can be considered a “double bite.”
“It’s not necessarily a single bite,” White says, “but two bites to the same location.”
And the more times a spider is bitten, the more likely it is to develop arthritis.
“If the spider bites you, that’s a pretty good indicator that it’s got arthritis,” White adds.
“It also means that it has a higher chance of developing a disease that can cause damage to the joint or to the skin.”
A bad spider bite can be fatal A bad bite is a sign that you may have a bite that requires medical attention.
It’s a sign to get tested for STDs, but only if you’re a female.
“Bites by females are more likely to be fatal,” White explains.
“A female may be biting you to extract food from your body.
That is probably a sign you have an infection or a virus, and if you have the virus, you may get a higher risk of contracting an infection.”
If you suspect you have a virus and don’t want to be tested, then you’re in good shape, White explains, because you have less risk of catching it.
“You have a low rate of contracting the virus.”
“So, a female, who is not a carrier of the virus in her system, has a lower chance of contracting it,” White concludes.
The best thing to do is not get bitten by a spider if you don’t have a serious problem.
It may just be a case of a bad bite, but White warns that if the bite is not severe, then it should be treated.
And it’s important to be cautious if you’ve got a sore arm, he says.
“So if you can’t bend over, don’t bend your arm.
Don’t pull your arm around your body and rub your arm,” he advises.
“And don’t bite your finger, unless you’re extremely allergic to it, and even then, it’s not a great idea to bite.”
White cautions that it is important to check your spider’s symptoms regularly and that you shouldn’t just leave it alone and hope that the spider doesn’t bite again.
“For a female spider to bite you, it has to have a strong enough bite that it can cause the inflammation of the joint,” White said.
“That inflammation may cause a pain in your arm, so that you’re not going to feel anything.”
The more you’re bitten, and the longer it takes for it to get worse, the worse the damage, so you’re likely to need a trip to the emergency room.
“But if it does bite you and you get little red marks, then the inflammation is not that severe,” he says, and you should be OK.