Summer a Time to See More Poisonous Spiders

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

The summer is a great time to be outdoors, but if you're not careful you could run into a spider.

"Spiders are particularly active in warmer weather, in the winter, they are still around of course, but they are really secluded and try to stay warm." Urban Regional Extension Agent Phillip Carter said.

Carter says most spiders in the wiregrass are harmless, but two spiders known for their unique marks, could be deadly.

“The only spiders I would be particularly concerned with are the black widow, or a brown recluse spider also known as the violin spider.” Carter said.

If you're bitten by a black widow spider, you'll start to feel the effects almost immediately.
You'll feel a sting, and then may even feel tightness in your chest.
A brown recluse bite can dissolve the flesh.

“It can get really nasty and the tissue kind of just melts away and looks ulcerous so it can be life threatening.” Carter said.

Paramedics say if you are bitten, you need to tend to the bite immediately.

“The first thing you want to do if you've been bit by any spider is wash it with soap and water.” Paramedic Gary Wells said.

Then go see a doctor as soon as possible.
Spiders tend to hide in wood piles or leaf piles in yards, so carter recommends not leaving too much debris on your lawn.
Carter says brown recluse spiders also like to be in dark places like a closet.
So if you haven’t worn a pair of shoes in awhile, check them before you put them on.

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