A brown recluse spider’s venom is poisonous, and its bite can cause one nasty looking, slow healing skin ulcer.
The brown recluse spider is commonly found in the South and Central portion of the U.S. They prefer to hang out in dark, sheltered areas during the day and come out at night to hunt up other spiders for a meal.
Your body’s reaction to a brown recluse spider bite depends on the amount of injected venom coupled with your sensitivity to it. Reactions range from a little red mark to a blister that sloughs off, leaving you with a deep, enlarging, slow healing skin ulcer. The reason a skin ulcer develops is because brown recluse spider venom kills skin tissue. Some other symptoms you may experience as well are:
In rare cases, some more serious symptoms may result, like:
Death from a brown recluse spider bite is very rare.
If you are bitten by “what you suspect” is a brown recluse spider, then quickly do the following treatment:
- clean the bite location
- apply ice directly to the site
- elevate area whenever possible
- safely collect up the “squashed or not” spider
- immediately pay your nearest emergency room a visit with “your” spider for further treatment
Unfortunately, and despite medical treatment, a brown recluse spider bite that develops into a skin ulcer may leave you with a scar.
Two healthy non-insecticidal ways to eradicate your brown recluse spider is to squash them or place spider traps along your floor boards, closet corners and other secluded, dark areas.
If you live in the part of the U.S. where brown recluse spiders dwell, then take that extra step to protect your skin’s health. For example, always check between your bedsheets before climbing in, keep dark areas of your living quarters vacuumed and shake your clothes or shoes before putting them on!