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How to Determine if a Pest Is Poisonous or Venomous October 26, 2018

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How to Determine if a Pest Is Poisonous or Venomous, North Hobbs, New Mexico

Autumn is the time of year when the risk of a pest infestation become all too real for homeowners. And while there are pests that cause damage and others that are simply annoying, it’s important to watch out for the critters that can actually harm your health. Below is a comprehensive overview that can help you determine whether a pest is poisonous or venomous so you know when to hire a professional exterminator.

Poisonous vs. Venomous

exterminatorThe terms poisonous and venomous are often used interchangeably. However, there is a major difference between them. Poisonous refers to anything that is harmful when ingested or touched. For example, if you touch a poison dart frog, you can absorb their secretions through contact and have an adverse reaction. Conversely, venom can cause life-threatening side effects when you are bitten or injected. You can be injected with the venom of a recluse spider or a rattlesnake.

How to Tell if a Pest Is Dangerous

The most effective way to guess if a pest is dangerous is by their appearance. Bright colors and patterns are often a defense mechanism that venomous or poisonous animals use to warn predators. For example, black widows have bright-red hourglass marks, and hobo spiders have yellow patterns, and each can inject a harmful venom if they feel threatened. In any case, if you suspect a pest in your home is dangerous, call an exterminator as soon as possible.


If you have identified any signs of a poisonous pest in your home, don’t wait to call a professional exterminator. Taylor's Weed & Pest Control, the premiere pest control company in Hobbs, NM, will be more than happy to inspect your home or business and provide you with the best treatment for eradication. They deal with the control and prevention of a variety of pests, from bed bugs and termites to rodents and spiders. Give the exterminators a call today at (575) 492-9247 to schedule an appointment or visit their website for more information about their services.

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