Health Tip: Preventing Spider Bites

How to reduce your risk

(HealthDayNews) -- While the vast majority of spider bites are harmless, they can still be painful and unpleasant. The Texas Department of Health offers these tips on how you can reduce the risk of being bitten by a spider.

You should:

  • Reduce or eliminate bright outdoor lighting around your home that attracts insects, which act as a food supply for spiders.
  • Get out the vacuum and remove spiders, webs, and egg sacs from inside your home.
  • Shake out shoes, clothes, towels, linens, and other items that have been stored for extended periods before you use them.
  • Prevent spiders from entering your home by sealing or caulking any outside openings.
  • Be alert and wear gloves when you're in areas where you're likely to encounter spiders.
  • Remove debris and trim grass and weeds around your home.
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