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#1 posted 07-06-2008 03:48 AM

I live in Central FL where we have EVERYTHING that crawls, flies, bites, stings or eats you. We’ve had a problem for the past few years with Brown Widows, an African import. They’re just as deadly as their Black kin. They have the same egg sacks that are spikey and white as cotton and NEVER smash ‘em with your bare flesh. The webs are irregular and usually there’s no other sign of her BUT, she’s around and you’d best keep an eye out. The only advantage is that widows are shy and don’t really like attention. Bites are uncommon and usually due to disturbing them in their hiding place.

Widows hunt at night so if you like to putter in the garage in the evening, wear your gloves when turning lumber over and don’t forget to look up. Also, if one is established, you’ll note whitish fallout [fecal matter] around her lair. Sometimes that’s all you’ll see. If you do, look above the fallout for a hiding place, a nook or cranny or some other smallish space large enough for a spider about the size of your pinky to fit in. Hose it with poison and wait. She’ll drop out eventually. Then you can ID her by flipping her over with a stick to see the bright orange to red hourglass on her abdomen. Creepy!

As a side note, I allow Daddy Long-Legs to stay around as they are a natural enemy of widows. Their fangs are too short to harm humans but they have no problem with widows. Other than that, I keep a can of Raid handy.


P.S. Sac, do not suffer fools in hospitals lightly, they have a tendency to bury their mistakes. Seek someone who’ll listen to you and take you serious. Recluse bites aren’t usually fatal but as those pics show, they are disfiguring and can lead to worse conditions like myelitis or MRSA which CAN kill you.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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