Although the majority of pets in the United States are cats and dogs, some people choose something more exotic. Arachnids are favored pets for thousands of people. Tarantulas are at the top of the list for many of those people. For those unaware and squeamish about sharing their space with such a roommate, their first question is usually, “Does a tarantula bite hurt?” The short answer is yes, a tarantula bite hurts, but not as bad as you probably think.
Tarantulas and Their World
Tarantulas, despite their fierce appearance, are timid creatures that would rather avoid you. A member of the arachnid family, which also includes species like ticks and scorpions, tarantulas can be found all over the globe. They are hairy and measure approximately two to three inches long. Tarantulas can have an array of colors from grays and browns to black or even brilliant colors. These arachnids are not dangerous to people.
Tarantulas tend to prefer burrowing into nests in the ground with few natural enemies to worry about as they carry on their nocturnal hunting routines. Slow and deliberate, they are effective hunters against their main prey, other insects. In addition to impressive hunting skills, tarantulas also exhibit defensive behaviors that might indicate that it’s about to shed its timid nature. It will let you know that you are about to experience a tarantula bite.
Defensive Behavior: Body Language Before the Bite
It can be possible to avoid a tarantula bite with some knowledge about their defensive behavior. Understanding your spider’s body language is the best way to prevent a bite. If you pay attention, it will tell you when it’s getting upset about something.
- When a tarantula raises one or two of their legs up and down in a tense manner, it’s the first warning sign that they’re in defense mode. While the spider‘s body remains relaxed, the leg movement indicates something might be stressing out your spider.
- Following that subtle warning, the tarantula will assume a threatening stance. You’ll recognize this when the front two legs and pedipalps fully extend into the air. The thorax will also lift to show it’s ready to strike.
Western Hemisphere tarantulas also have additional defensive measures in its quiver which can show their sharp fangs. If the arachnid is facing away from you and pointing its back legs in your direction, it’s getting ready to give you the “itch.” When the spider begins rubbing its belly, they release irritating hairs that cause a stinging sensation on the skin.
Does a Tarantula Bite Hurt?
Yes, yes it does. Thanks to its mild venom, a tarantula bite poses no threat to the human victim. However, the bite hurts about as much as a bee sting. A tarantula bite will hurt in the immediate area of the bite, and will possibly look swollen and red.
Applying ice over the affected area and taking pain relievers will usually help get you past the effects of a tarantula bite. Some people may have an allergic reaction. In this case, call 911 immediately.
Call the Experts if you Suspect an Infestation
If you’re living in the greater Phoenix area and suspect that you may be suffering from a spider or pest infestation, use the professionals to get rid of your problem completely. Call Budget Brothers today to schedule your inspection.