If you’re like most people, you probably hate spiders (we know we do!). While the vinegaroon spider is a beautiful creature, getting bitten by one isn’t fun.
While they aren’t poisonous, their bite can sting a little. They rarely attack humans, and will generally reserve a bite for when they feel threatened.
Let’s learn more about vinegaroon spider bites.
Treating a Vinegaroon Spider Bite
If you’re bitten by a vinegaroon spider, the only thing you’ll need to worry about is infection. That’s because these spiders’ fangs don’t contain poison.
Clean the affected area with warm water and anti-microbial soap and wrap with gauze or a bandage.
It’s highly unlikely that the bite will lead to an infection. Still, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
When Should You See a Doctor?
As we mentioned, this spider isn’t venomous. There’s no need to worry about poison getting into your system.
In very rare cases, you might need to see a doctor. Contact your doctor if the bite shows the following symptoms:
- Open Sores
If these don’t subside within a day, or if they’re getting worse, it’s a sign that the bite has gotten infected. This typically won’t happen in young, healthy people.
Since older people have weaker immune systems than younger people, they may be affected more.
Why Do Vinegaroon Spider Bites Happen?
The vinegaroon spider is a remarkable creature found primarily in western parts of the United States.
At first glance, you’ll notice that they look like a spider and scorpion mix. Quite scary looking indeed!
Don’t be alarmed- they don’t kill. In fact, this spider’s bite isn’t the most dangerous thing about it- it’s their acidic spray.
When they feel threatened, they release a slightly acidic spray that can hurt if it gets in your eyes.
They rarely attack humans. In fact, the only time they’ll attack is if they feel threatened (the same holds true for most spiders).
Are Vinegaroon Spiders Venomous?
In short, no. If you’re bitten, you won’t need to worry about a toxic reaction. While the bite might sting a little, it’s not going to kill you.
You’ll probably feel more pain from the acidic spray getting in your eyes than a bite. How acidic is the spray?
Put it this way: it would feel like pouring vinegar over your eyes. Painful? Yes, but not enough to kill you.
Don’t freak out if you’re bitten because a veingaroon spider bite doesn’t contain poison.
Be Careful in Dark Places
Vinegaroon spiders are nocturnal creatures. Thus, you’ll rarely, if ever, see them out during the day.
When in the dark, especially in the desert, keep an eye out. Be extra attentive if you live in the western part of the United States since they’re common there.
With that said, if you’re in the dark and get bitten, don’t automatically assume it was a vinegaroon spider bite.
It could have been a snake bite, scorpion sting, or something else potentially venomous. However, if you see this spider bite you, there’s no need to panic.
Our Recommendation- Keep Your Distance
If you see a vinegaroon spider in the wild, just leave it alone. These spiders are naturally very anti-social.
If they feel threatened, they’ll either bite you or release their acidic spray. If you’re going to observe them, do it from a safe distance.
If you have children with you, make sure that they stay far away from the spider (since children are naturally curious and touchy).