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Brown Recluse Spider Bites
FAIRFAX, Va. (May 14, 2013) – Hot temperatures and dry conditions can result in an increase in spider populations, among other pests. As the summer season approaches, people should be especially aware of the brown recluse spider, which is commonly found in the central Midwest and southern regions of the United States.
The brown recluse is one of the most dangerous spiders. In fact, Dr. Jim Fredericks, technical services director for the NPMA, said in a 2012 CNN article "all spiders have a venomous bite, but only a few can be medically dangerous to humans, and the brown recluse is a top concern." He added, "It is rare for a brown recluse [bite] to result in death, but it can occur in children or adults who are allergic to the spider’s venom. It [is] best to get medical attention right away if bitten, to make sure you aren’t allergic.”
These spiders are likely to make their way indoors in search of moisture and cooler temperatures during the summer months. As a result, homeowners may encounter them in storage areas or dark recesses. The NPMA recommends storing clothing inside plastic containers and checking shoes before putting them on, as spiders oftenhide in them. In addition, you should wear heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time.