Brown recluse spider, Loxosceles reclusa, Characteristic violin-shaped marking is visible on the back. Image courtesy CDC, 1974. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images).
(Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)
A woman in Paulding County, Ga., says that dozens of venomous brown recluse spiders have invaded her house and she doesn’t know how to get rid of them.
Nicole Photianos told WSB-TV 2 that she found the 30 spiders immediately after she moved to her new home.
The dangerous brown recluse has a distinctive violin-shaped marking on her upper body. Coming from the US, the spider’s habitat, which stretches from Nebraska to Ohio, and in the south from Texas to Florida, according to pest control specialists Orkin.
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Photianos said that they contacted the house of the former owners, who said that they never encountered the brown recluses during the 10 years that they lived there. They think that the spin problem may be linked to a period of four months when the house was empty and the workers were an attempt to resolve a mold problem.
“I think they have always lived in that house, they have always lived in the house, she just got out when they did the [mal] work,” she said to WSB-TV and radio 2. “They were just kind of everywhere.”
“I’m just saying we should just burn it down,” she joked.
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As the name suggests, the brown recluse is a shy, nocturnal animal, although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) warns that it can inject poisonous venom when it bites. Symptoms can vary from none to very severe. “There is often a systemic reaction within 24-36 hours characterized by restlessness, fever, chills, nausea, weakness and pain in the joints,” OSHA experts say.
“Although brown recluse spider bites are rare, the venom can sometimes lead to serious injuries and infections should be taken seriously,” says the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment on its website. “Persons bitten by a brown recluse spider should ice cream, put the affected area, and seek medical attention immediately.”
“Brown recluse spiders are difficult to eradicate, largely because of their secretive habits,” it adds. “Almost any dark, undisturbed area can serve as harborage, and many such places occur within buildings. Because of this (and the possible threat of health), the treatment can be best carried out by professionals.”
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