Somehow, in God’s infinite wisdom, every animal and insect on this planet has a purpose. Most have been given a method of self-defense and the brown recluse spider is no exception. It has a poisonous bite that is so dangerous, you should make every effort to avoid any contact with this little monster.
Now, knowing the brown recluse should be avoided is one thing, but do you know what they look like? How to avoid them? and what to do if you are bitten?
WHERE THEY ARE FOUND: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and some portions of neighboring states; however, because the brown recluse tends to hide in boxes, the spider can be transported to anyone just about anywhere.
The brown recluse is often found dwelling in people’s homes, preferring dark secluded areas, so they can be found in closets, furniture, cracks in the wall, behind pictures, inside shoes or clothing, storage containers, inside, outside, just about anywhere a tiny spider can hide – hence the name “recluse.”
WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE: As the name “brown recluse” implies, the spiders are brown in color, usually a light brown, although the abdomen may be a darker shade or yellowish in color. The cephalothorax (head and midsection) of the spider has a dark stain in the shape of a violin. Picture the body of a violin where the spider’s head is and the neck of the instrument pointing backwards toward the abdomen.
The largest of these spiders have a leg-span of less than 2 inches wide. Their long thin legs propel them rather quickly away from harm, so if you notice a brown spider scurrying away from you be very glad and do not go after it unless you can kill it.
IMPORTANT RULES TO FOLLOW IF BITTEN
• Stay calm
• Apply ice
• Wash the entire area with cold water and soap
• Cover with sterilized bandages
• Raise the body part above the heart (if possible)
• Go to the hospital or call 911
• If there is pain, take ibuprofen, naproxen, or similar anti-inflammatory drugs
WARNING: Do not use heat. Do not use hydrocortisone or other steroidals. And do not try to remove the venom with cuts or suction devices.
Children, the eldery, and those with weaker immune systems are more susceptible to serious injury. If bitten, it is best to receive professional treatment within 8 hours. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE BITE. Even though the bite itself may cause little or no pain, and some people have no negative side effects, the poison from the brown recluse has the potential to enter the blood stream and cause human tissue to decompose. The pain becomes more severe over time. Hemorraging can occur, as well as kidney damage. Surgery may become necessary.
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, please look at the attached slide show and then call Terminix, Orkin, or other professionals to regularly service your home. Wear gloves when you work outside or if you start digging through your belongings. Get used to proceeding with caution. Look for webs with an irregular pattern. Warn your children and show them pictures of the brown recluse – especially if they like to explore or play with bugs.
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