Beware of the Brown Recluse Spider Bite

WARNING THE PHOTOS BELOW ARE VERY, VERY GRAPHIC

This spider bite destroys the cells and will eat away the flesh, if not treated very soon after a bite. There will be permanent loss of tissue.

If it is springtime and cleanup is going on. Be careful where you put your hands. They like dark spaces and woodpiles. Also areas in the attic.

This man was bitten by a Brown Recluse spider.

Day 3

Brown Recluse Bite, Photo 1.

The following illustrates the progression of a brown recluse spider bite. The affected skin actually dies on his body!

Day 5

 
Brown Recluse Bite, Photo 2.

Day 6

Brown Recluse Bite, Photo 3.

The Brown Recluse Spider is the most dangerous spider that we have in the United States.

The Dangerous Brown Recluse Spider is also known as a fiddle back or violin spider for the shape on the back of the head.

Brown Recluse, Fiddle Back Spider

These last two photos are horrific.

Day 9

Brown Recluse Bite, Day 9.

Day 10

Brown Recluse Bite, Day 10.

Spider bites are dangerous and can have permanent and highly negative consequences. They like the darkness and tend to live in storage sheds, attics, or other areas that might not be frequented by people or light.

Brown Recluse, Fiddle Back Spider

Life Cycle and Habits

The brown recluse spider spins a loose, irregular web of very sticky, off-white to grayish threads. This web serves as the spider's daytime retreat, and it often is constructed in an undisturbed corner. This spider roams at night searching for insect prey. Recent research at the University of Kansas indicates that the brown recluse spider is largely a scavenger, preferring dead insects. Mature males also roam in search of females. Brown recluse spiders generally occupy dark, undisturbed sites, and they can occur indoors or outdoors. In favorable habitats, their populations are usually dense. They thrive in human-altered environments. Indoors, they may be found in attics, basements, crawl spaces, cellars, closets, and ductwork or registers. They may seek shelter in storage boxes, shoes, clothing, folded linens, and behind furniture. They also may be found in outbuildings such as barns, storage sheds, and garages. Outdoors, brown recluse spiders may be found underneath logs, loose stones in rock piles, and stacks of lumber. The brown recluse spider is not aggressive, and it normally bites only when crushed, handled or disturbed. Some people have been bitten in bed after inadvertently rolling over onto the spider. Others have been bitten after accidentally touching the spider when cleaning storage areas. Some bites occur when people put on seldom used clothing or shoes inhabited by a brown recluse.

Preventing spider bites

Shake out clothing and shoes before getting dressed. Inspect bedding and towels before use. Wear gloves when handling firewood, lumber, and rocks (be sure to inspect the gloves for spiders before putting them on). Remove bedskirts and storage boxes from underneath beds. Move the bed away from the wall. Exercise care when handling cardboard boxes (recluse spiders often are found in the space under folded cardboard flaps).

Last two paragraphs, and the last photo source: Ohio State University