Black Widow Spider
Black widow spiders are typically black with two attached reddish triangles on their back, according to Brittany Campbell, PhD, an Entomologist with the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). These spiders are roughly the size of a paper clip and have venom 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s, Campbell says. It could cause muscle aches, nausea, and trouble breathing. Although Campbell says fatalities are rare, females black widow spiders might bite more often than males as a defense.
How to protect yourself: Campbell says people can reduce their risk of black widow spider bites by reducing clutter in basements and garages, eliminating the favorite hiding spots for these spiders. And make sure to wear gloves while cleaning along with these other steps to avoid insect dangerous summer bugs and their bites or stings.
With a lifespan of nearly 30 years, tarantula spiders can grow to almost the size of a personal pizza. Most tarantulas are afraid of large predators (like humans) but if provoked—watch out! Though their venom isn’t deadly, it’s not pleasant and can cause rashes and pain at the biting point. That’s partly why you shouldn’t ignore spider bites or these 7 other bug bites.
How to protect yourself: The best way to protect yourself against tarantulas is to keep them away as much as possible. Like black widow spiders, tarantulas love small, dark spaces. So keep your space neat, clean, and organized as much as possible. Regularly dust and wear protective clothing while working in a hot spot for spiders.
Africanized “killer” bees look so much like European honey bees that the only way to tell the two apart is to measure their bodies, according to Campbell. These bees are slightly smaller and have a golden color with darker bands of brown. Although Africanized bee venom isn’t more dangerous than regular honeybee venom, the former tend to attack in greater, more dangerous numbers, Campbell says. If Africanized bees attack you, run quickly to shelter in a zig-zag pattern as soon as possible, Campbell suggests.
How to protect yourself: You can avoid attracting bees to certain areas by keeping both food and garbage in sealed containers, according to Campbell. Also, rinse out food containers before throwing them away. Finally, avoid wearing dark colors, floral prints, loose-fitting clothes, and sweet-smelling perfume or cologne to avoid attracting bees, Campbell says.