Woman Needs Surgery After Being Bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider

FAIRFAX, Va. (November 4, 2012) – If this article on a woman needing surgery after a spider bite isn’t enough to make your skin crawl, we don’t know what is. While reading it may give you the heebie-jeebies, it’s a great reminder of the importance of pest proofing the home against fall pests like brown recluse spiders.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) advises that although most spiders are harmless, it is important for homeowners to be aware that a few species can cause painful and severe bites.

Some people are mildly affected by the bite of a brown recluse spider, showing only a small red mark. Others, like the Lafayette woman in the article, may experience a lesion on the skin with extreme swelling and need to seek medical attention promptly.

To prevent brown recluse spiders or other species of spiders from taking up residence in the home, store clothes and shoes inside plastic containers and use extra caution when handling items that are not used often.