Tiny And Extremely Deadly

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As Spring gets into full swing many folks will begin a Spring Cleaning ritual. 

In the home it might be time to clean out the attic, basement or garage. Straighten up the wood pile that became disheveled after the heating season.  Rake up fallen branches and dead leaves. 

 

Brown Recluse SpiderOne of the most deadly and dangerous creatures you can encounter is a brown Recluse Spider.  Tiny and hardly noticeable. They can be deadly to children and the elderly.  Their bite is as venomous as a rattle snake.  The amount of damage they can do to body tissue through necrosis is truly unbelievable.


They can be on your clothing and carried into your home from the outside. They can be on your pets.  Their nests can inadvertently be disturbed in your attic or basement causing them to crawl into the living area. 

The bite is painless.  You have no idea you have been bitten until the symptoms start showing up.

  • A news article caught my attention today about a woman waiting in an airport in Texas being bitten.  She was nearly blinded.

Recluse Spider Bite  
 
When I lived in Virginia I was bitten twice while sleeping.  The resulting lesion was huge, deep, painful and festering for months.  Fortunately I was bitten on my back and the venom did not spread to anything vital. I never saw them in my house, but I did see them in my detached garage.

 

This is typically how the lesion looks.  Brown Recluse Spider Bite

 

 

Depending on the amount of venom and where the bite occured it can spread to vital organs.
 

  • My Doctor was cleaning up a wood pile at her home.  She was bitten and never felt it.  The bit occurred between her thumb and index finger.  Her hand swelled, became infected which was resistant to treatment.  She could not use her hand for weeks.


News articles indicate their habitat is the south and mid-south up to the Appalachians.  I know for a fact they are in the upper regions of Pa.  I have seen them in houses I've gone into in Pa.

Become familiar with them.  The Black Widow which we all recognize is a walk in the park compared to the venom these tiny spiders carry.

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Rainer
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JOSH EVANS *JoshEvansHomes 516-655-5000
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Great blog and great job. Keep up the good work good luck to you this year. Thanks. 
Mar 13, 2012 09:52 PM #1
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Bonnie Vaughan
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CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Hi Josh:

 

Thanks you for commenting.  Good Luck to you also. 

Mar 13, 2012 11:05 PM #2
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Margie Kopp Sorrell
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country - Greensboro, GA
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yuck. they're definitely in the area in which i live and that just gives me the heebee jeebees. my hub got bit by a spider once and it made him sooo sick. granted, we had no idea he'd even been bitten until he became violently ill. that's when i noticed the two fang marks on his swollen stomach. he'd been doing yardwork all that day.

Mar 14, 2012 12:17 AM #3
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Suggested Bonnie!  As many people as possible  should be aware and informed of this deadly little creature .. especially if living in the territory you mention.  Glad to know that you are well after having been bitten.  With your post, you might have saved someone from a worse fate ...

Gene

Mar 14, 2012 12:19 AM #4
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Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
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Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

I grew up in the country and never saw one of those things.  Did see plenty of Black Widow's though.

 

Mar 14, 2012 12:22 AM #5
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Bonnie Vaughan
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CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Margie:  You never feel the bite.  They are so small you don't feel them crawling on you.  They also  bite animals with a disasterous result.

Mar 14, 2012 05:10 AM #6
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Bonnie Vaughan
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CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Thank you Gene for the suggest.  I just read another article on line where a woman lost her breast in Georgia due to a bite.

We all go out on properties "out of our comfort level"  You never know what is lurking in a garage or basement.  Just walking through an over grown yard could stir them up.

Mar 14, 2012 05:11 AM #7
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Bonnie Vaughan
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Jeanne and Ralph that's the point, they are not as visible as the Black Widow.  If you look closely you will see them in gardens, around decks, and in dusty places.  ( No wonder they picked my houses LOL)

Mar 14, 2012 05:13 AM #8
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