How to Tell If Spiders Have Taken Over Your Home (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

May 13, 2013 Updated May 13, 2013 at 7:09 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – It’s a creature that is feared by people around the world. But would you be able to tell if they began infesting your home?

Spiders love dark, damp places in, and outside your home. Aside from webs, check for spiders in places like tree bark and mulch on the outside edge of your home. That’s where they love building nests. While it may seem as easy as brushing away cobwebs, consulting a professional may be the smartest thing to do when it comes to ridding yourself of possible infestations.

Luckily, it’s very likely the spiders you see crawling around the inside of your home are not dangerous. In fact, there are only a handful of poisonous spiders indigenous to Indiana. The most common is the Brown Recluse.

“It's a fairly bigger spider and it has a fiddle on its back, it's kind of shadowed in there,” says Nick Miracle, the owner of Miratek Pest Solutions. “And they're very dangerous when they bite you. And if it's not taken care of immediately when they do bite you then it could lead to severe medical problems."

If you fear you have been bitten by a brown recluse, or any potentially poisonous spider, it is imperative to seek medical attention immediately. While the bites may not hurt right away, they can lead to severe complications, even death.

Brown Recluse bites typically look swollen and white at first, but will eventually turn a pinkish-red. Some even note a crevice or pit forming around the bite.

A big reason we’ve been seeing a large number of spiders in our area is because of all the wet weather in our area. The rain has caused everything to be significantly damper which makes for prime real estate when it comes to a spider’s breeding habits.

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