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The Bug Blog: Brown Recluse Spiders

You can identify Brown Recluse Spiders by a dark brown violin shape on its back. These spiders are known for their “secretive” behaviors and often set up homes in dark, dry, and warm environments such as piles of wood, closets, and basements.

This specie bites, usually unintentionally, when it feels threatened. This biting usually occurs when a hand or foot reaches into a shoe, piece of clothing, or a box in the home that the spider has made itself a home. Their bites can take more than three hours to develop and up to three weeks to heal. With that in mind, keeping an eye on the individual who has been bitten is essential, as the venom can cause severe allergic reactions specifically noticeable in children, the elderly, and those with preexisting medical conditions.

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