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How do you identify a brown recluse spider?

A brown recluse has a dirt or sandy brown body with a slightly darker marking at its center; they can also be dark brown and even slightly yellow.  It has a violin shape on its head and thorax right behind the three sets of eyes, Its legs are a lighter brown and completely uniform in color, with no additional markings. If the spider has stripes or other pigments on its legs, it's not a Brown recluse spider.



Can Brown recluse spiders kill you?
Brown recluse spider bites rarely kill people, but it's important to get medical attention as soon as you can because they can make you pretty sick. With an adult's help, wash the bite well with soap and water.



What attracts brown recluse spiders?
The brown recluse is a hunter spider, and nothing makes a home more attractive to these predators than lots of food. Their primary food source is small bugs. ... This is another reason these spiders like these locations. They are filled with cockroaches, beetles, silverfish, firebrats, crickets, and more.



Brown Recluses - Avoidance Tips

The brown recluse spider will only bite when disturbed in its secluded spot. This could occur under furniture or beds. It would be wise to shake out your clothing and shoes before dressing.



What happens if you get bit by a brown recluse spider?

Symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite include:

Reddened skin that may be followed by a blister that forms at the bite site. Mild to intense pain and itching for 2 to 8 hours following the bite. An open sore (ulcer) with a breakdown of tissue (necrosis) that develops a week or more following the bite.



What happens if a brown recluse bite goes untreated?
Brown recluse spider bites can be even more severe, with redness blistering, blue discoloration, and potential tissue death. If this isn't treated immediately, the necrotic tissue will spread, causing infections and complications more severe than just a spider bite.




How dangerous is the brown recluse?
Occasionally, however, Brown Recluse bites can inflict significant or even life-threatening damage. Bites may cause severe pain, ulcers, fever, chills, nausea, joint pain, or even seizures. If you believe you've been bitten by a Brown Recluse spider, you should see a doctor.

Brown recluse spiders are most active from March through October, 2. They are found outdoors in Kansas as well as within structures and brush.

Northern Black Widow Spider


Three species of black widow spiders can be found in Kansas.

 the northern, Latrodectus variolus, the southern, L. mactans, and the western, L. hesperus. These three species differ somewhat in appearance but are similar in biology and behavior.


Are black widow spiders dangerous?
These spiders aren't aggressive and only bite when they feel threatened. The bites usually aren't fatal, but they can still cause some serious and uncomfortable conditions.




If a black widow spider has bitten you, get medical treatment right away.



Should I kill a black widow?
Spiders in general get a bad rap, but only a select few of them in the US are actually dangerous. … Remember, a black widow's venom is meant for their insect meals, not for you. It's not designed to kill you, or even meant to be used on you in self-defense. Black widow bite fatalities are very rare.



Can a black widow kill you?
Black widow spider bites rarely kill people, but it's important to get medical attention as soon as you can because they can make you very sick. With an adult's help, wash the bite well with soap and water. ... If it's possible, have an adult catch and bring the spider to the doctor's office with you.



Can you survive a black widow bite without treatment?
"Yes, black widows are venomous, but they pose very little danger to humans, The majority of bites that do occur are not serious. People either recover with no intervention at all, or they go to the hospital and are treated and then are fine.




What happens if I get bit by a black widow?
The black widow spider makes a venom that affects your nervous system. Some people are slightly affected by it, but others may have a severe response. Right away, you may feel severe pain, burning, swelling, and redness at the site.

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