Spider bite risks increased during summer

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s the season of being outside, and with that, comes the risk of bug bites.

We all know the feeling of an itchy mosquito bite, and sometimes when we find a red, puffy mark that isn’t itchy, we might assume it’s a spider bite.

Bob Russell at American Pest Control in Springfield told 22News there aren’t many dangerous spiders in our area, and the risk of getting bit by a spider is low; they eat insects. But if you’re noticing a lot of spiders in and around your home, look for places that might be attractive to them.

“It comes down to just keeping your hard neat and clean of debris. Wood piles and lots of stored items are a great habitat for spiders; a good place to hide and get out and feed,” Russell told 22News.”

Of course if you do notice some sort of welt that looks like an infected insect bite, you should get that checked out by a doctor.

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