Clock spider bites and how to treat



Clock spider, which is also known as huntsman spider, belongs to a family named “Sparassidae”. This name originates from its mode and speed while hunting. Sometimes, they are called “giant crab spider” due to their size and appearance. These types of spiders dwell in Australia, Asia, Africa as well as Mediterranean and America.

They have eight eyes which appear in two of huge forward – facing rows of four. Their legs are long which can spread up to 15 centimeters. They have flatten bodies due to their residence in to narrow space like rock crevices or behind the clock. (that’s why it is called “clock spider”)

These huntsman are different from other spiders since they do not build webs, instead they go hunting. Most of them live under bark on trees in the jungles or under rock cervices. They can enter house as well if there is chance, therefore, you may find them behind the clock, in your restroom as well as under bedroom. Furthermore, sometimes they can creep into cars or other shady places well.

These spiders live on insects and other invertebrates as well as skinks and geckos.

Similar to most other spiders, they use venom to immobilize prey and aid in digestion. But this is not considered as toxic to healthy human instead, these spiders are even beneficial since they mainly feed on insect, pest like crickets or cockroaches.

However, when they attack human, the clock spider bite may cause local swelling, mild inflammation and sometimes bleeding as it is natural response from our defense system of the body.

But you do not have to worry so much it may fade away on its own after several days because it is non – venomous. You may seek some below home remedies to get rid of it faster and speed up the healing process as well.

  1. Cold Compress

When you got bitten by a clock spider, the first thing you have to do is cleanse the spot with water and mild soap and then apply a cold compress. It can help to numb the nerve endings and reduce pain as well as itchiness and inflammation.

  • Wrap some icepacks with a clean washcloth and place it on the affected area for 10 minutes.
  • Repeat it a few times to ease the pain
  • Do this for several times in the first 24 hours after getting bitten.
  1. Aspirin

You can reduce the pain and itchiness caused by the bites by using aspirin. Its powerful anti – inflammatory compounds can help to control swelling as well as inflammation.

  • Grind some aspirin pill and mix it with water to form a paste
  • Apply the solution on the afflicted area
  • Let it sit for several hours before rinsing it off with water
  • Repeat for several times a day.
  1. Turmeric

Turmeric is considered as natural painkiller since it contains abundant anti – inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

  • Mix some turmeric powder into olive oil and stir well to make a paste
  • Apply on the affected area
  • Let it sit for 12 minutes
  • Rinse off with warm water
  • Repeat several times a day

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  1. Baking soda

This is a quite effective cure for this type of bites. Thanks to its alkaline properties in the baking soda, it can help to reduce pain as well as inflammation

  • Add some baking soda into a cup of water and stir well
  • Soak a cotton ball into the solution and dab it on the affected area
  • Wash again with water
  • Repeat process for several times a day
  1. Lemon Juice

As you know, lemon has strong antibacterial and anti – inflammatory properties which is effectively help to reduce skin rashes and pain caused by huntsman spider bites.

  • Extract the juice from a lime and soak a cotton into the solution
  • Dab it on the affected area and let it sit
  • Rinse off with warm water
  • Repeat the process for several times a day.
  • Alternatively, you can use a piece of lemon to rub it on the affected area for several minutes and let it sit for 5 minutes before wash with water.

6. Peppermint

This herb is strongly effective for spider bites especially clock spider bite. Its anti- inflammatory and analgesic properties can reduce pain, local swelling as well as mild inflammation.

  • You can extract the mint juice from the fresh leaves and rub it on the affected area or you can apply 2 drops of peppermint oil on the affected area.
  • Wash it with water after you have let it sit for 10 minutes
  • Repeat the process for several times a day.

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