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Are There Poisonous Insects in Pennsylvania?


When you think of areas that are home to poisonous and/or venomous insects, Pennsylvania probably isn’t on the top of your list of most dangerous locations. So, what’s the truth? Are there poisonous insects in Pennsylvania?

Poisonous/Venomous Insects in Pennsylvania

The poisonous insects who reside in our area are in the arachnid family.

  • Black Widow: Black widow spiders do live in this area of the country, but are still fairly rare. They are found hidden inside of dark and dry areas. Contrary to popular belief, black widow spiders are also very rarely deadly to humans, and those that get bit by a black widow usually survive even without any hospitalization.
  • Brown Recluse: Though not deadly, the brown recluse spider can cause a very painful bite that may lead to necrosis, a condition where the surrounding area of tissue turns black and dies off. The damage caused by a brown recluse spider may also be permanent.

The bottom line: there are some poisonous insects in Pennsylvania, but none are life-threatening unless an allergic reaction occurs. As always, consult your health professional if you are concerned about an insect bite.

Dangerous but Not Poisonous

You might think poisonous insects are the ones you should fear most, but there is a tiny member of the arachnid family that should spark even more fear: the tick. Ticks can transfer Lyme Disease, a dangerous disease that, if left untreated, can cause irreparable brain damage and the onset of a variety of conditions including joint paint, depression, and anxiety.

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Whether you’re dealing with a dangerous pest or ones that are more pesky, Green Pest Solutions knows the ins and outs of dealing with pests in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. We developed our Green Band Protection system to help prevent invasions. Call us today at 855-312-7157 for a free quote.

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