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a Brown Recluse
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Bite Email Photo Hoax | Hobo Spiders?
How can I control them?
If you live in Brown recluse territory,
our Big H Traps TM are
recommended by spider experts for catching Brown Recluse Spiders
instead of poisons and pesticides. Rather than exposing yourself
and your family to certain poisons (spray & pesticides), place
Non- Poisonous and Pheromone Like Baited Big H Traps to trap Brown
Recluse Spiders when they move into your homes to keep you feeling
To use the traps most
effectively for brown recluse spiders, place traps in closets
or other secluded areas where you have seen spiders and/or
webs. Brown Recluse spiders are known for their reclusive
nature and avoid humans. However, despite their reclusive
nature, they do bite humans. The most common situations
resulting in bites are:
- When people put on clothing or shoes (containing a spider)
that were left on the floor overnight when the spider crawled
into the object.
- When people blindly pick up or grab objects with out gloves
in a secluded or rarely visited area.
- When people roll over in bed on a spider that had climbed
up the covers that were touching the floor.
Identify a Brown Recluse Spider
The most recognized
feature of the Brown Recluse spider is violin pattern on the
cephalothorax or in other words the location on the top side
of the spider near the head. Thus they have been nick
named the Fiddleback Spider. This characteristic
is common in adult brown recluses, but some young brown recluse
spiders do not have any contrasting pigmentation in the violin
region. Recluse spiders also have abdomens devoid of
any coloration pattern. Their legs lack thickened spines
but are covered with fine hairs. Unlike most U.S. spiders,
the Brown Recluse spider has six eyes arranged in pairs called
dyads. (Most U.S. spiders have eight eyes arranged in two
rows of four.) One dyad is anterior, or toward the front
and the other two are lateral, or toward the sides of the
cephalothorax (where the first legs of the spider attach to
the body). All 13 species of U.S. recluses have this
same eye pattern.
Click here to read
stories of people who've been bitten.
Territory of the Brown Recluse
are an interesting subject and invoke fear in many peoples minds
some of which is unwarranted. Because of the emotion that spiders
invoke, exageration is common place in conversations and sometimes
reason and logic is dismissed. Combine this with the fact that there
are other recluse spiders besides the brown recluse.
The south central regions
of the United States are the most common territories of the
Brown Recluse Spider. The boundaries start in Nebraska, go
down through Texas, and then east through Georgia. From Georgia,
they go north through Ohio and then, back to Nebraska. This
area includes the states: Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana,
Ohio, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi,
Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana. Areas that border this
territory may still have Brown Recluse Spiders, but they would
be less commonly found. There are also instances that brown
recluse spiders may be shipped with products from these states
and consequently find themselves in homes outside of the natural
Spider experts have said that California
is not a native home for the brown recluse even though we receive
a lot of emails and phone calls from people that say they have brown
recluse spiders and they live in California. Experts feel that Californians
are probably seeing the other (4 native to California) recluse spiders
which are close relatives to the brown recluse. The most commonly
found native recluse spider in California is the desert recluse.
The same is probably true for Arizona and Parts of New Mexico but
complaints of spiders in those two states are by far fewer which
makes the argument that there probably isn't near the number of
spider populations in those states.
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of people who've been bitten.
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Email Photos of Bites - Are they Real?
Many people have been circulating a series of images showing a
terrible bite with the skin deteriorating to the bone claiming the
injury to be a brown recluse spider bite. An expert offers the following:
It is possible that the wound did result from a recluse bite.
However, a number of aspects of this story are pretty suspicious,
and have the classic symptoms of a hoax.
No one can seem to verify where the alleged bite occurred, whether
a spider was caught in the act of biting or at the scene of the
crime, whether the victim was tested for additional etiologic
agents of necrosis such as bacterial infection, if a doctor actually
made the diagnosis or it was a self-diagnosis from the victim,
if the diagnosis came from an area of the country that actually
has brown recluses, etc.
Some versions of this have included a picture of a spider that
was supposed THE spider that caused the wound. Not so. It is a
stock photo from an Ohio university website. This image was used
last year in a very hyperbolic news story in Long Island.
The final summary on this is that if it indeed is a brown recluse
bite, then it is truly one of the rare, horrific ones however,
there is not sufficient information provided with this image to
ascertain whether it is credible or not.
Rick Vetter Entomology Univ. Calif. Riverside Riverside,
Are Hobo Spiders Brown Recluse Spiders?
If you live in the Northwest U.S. and you
think you may have Brown Recluse Spiders, you probably don't.
Brown recluse spiders have been falsely accused for serious bites
in the Northwest for years. But in fact, its region does not
extend much above Texas and Mid-Missouri. Instead, the true
culprit is the spider known as the Hobo Spider or Aggressive House
Spider. Its bite is very similar to the brown recluse bite
and can be very serious. Click here
for more information on Hobo Spiders.
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