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Spider Information and Spider Bites

Updated on August 19, 2010
Female Black Widow Spider
Female Black Widow Spider
Giant Wood Spider
Giant Wood Spider
Trap Door Spider
Trap Door Spider
Orb Weaver Spider
Orb Weaver Spider
Common Garden Spider Australia
Common Garden Spider Australia

Spider Information

Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. But spiders are not insects or bugs they are arachnids. Though they do prey on insects and bugs. Spiders are eight legged with four pair of legs and they can grow another leg if they lose one.

Spiders tend to give people the creeps and just plain scare the hell out of some people. And unfortunately for those people with arachnophobia spiders are found everywhere on earth except for Antarctica. There is very likely a spider with in eight feet of you right now as you are reading this. Maybe closer.

Black Widow Spiders

There are six different types of Black Widow Spiders but only two can be found in the United States. The red hourglass on the female black widow spider in the United States symbolizes danger. If you see a red hour glass on a spider stay away. It is most likely the deadly black widow spider. If you have an outdoor mail box a black widow spider may make a home there.

If you see a black widow spider in your outdoor mail box purchase a good brand of spray intended to kill spiders and spray it. If you don't want to use a poison for some reason go natural. Instead use a citrus based cleaner and spray the spider and the entire inside of the mailbox with the citrus based cleaner. You can purchase a bottle of citrus oil and mix it one tablespoon per quart of water and it will kill any spider on contact. About once a week spray the inside of your outdoor mail box with the citrus oil and no spider will take up residence there.

You can spray your mixed citrus oil water outdoors any place you see or think you have a spider problem. Keep down on clutter both indoors and out and if you have to work with firewood where you know brown recluse spiders may be hiding wear gloves.

A black widow spider bite is usually small and red and may have white around it. If you even suspect that you or someone has been bitten by a black widow spider go to your local emergency room and voice your concerns loudly. Tell them you think you or some one else you have with you may have been bitten by a black widow spider.

The below two charts are a spider identification chart about the poisonous spiders in North America and a chart all about spider bites and their effect on humans.

If you have a spider story why not share it with us in the comment section below. Let us hear your spider stories. Were you or someone you know bitten by a black widow spider.

Symptoms of Spider Bites
Symptoms of Spider Bites
Poisonous Spiders Of North America
Poisonous Spiders Of North America

Spider Bites

Luckily most spiders bite only when threatened but if you know poisonous spiders are in a area use caution. Most spiders are not aggressive. But if you mash one or put your foot into a shoe occupied by a spider you may very well receive a spider bite. And if you have any doubt at all that it might be poisonous head straight for your emergency room. Its always better to be safe rather than sorry. Both Brown Recluse and Black Widow Spider bits can be painful and yes even kill you if you do not seek immediate medical attention.

In the 20th century in the United States there were about 100 reliably reported deaths from spider bite but close to a thousand deaths from jellyfish stings so that can give you some ideal of how often a spider bite kills. But that's not to say that a bite from a Brown Recluse Spider or a Black Widow Spider can't be painful and possibly even deforming if it's a serious bite. So again if you think you have been bitten by a spider and your not 100 percent sure if it was a poisonous spider or not seek immediate medical attention.

So even if you don't have arachnophobia use caution in areas where you know there are spiders so you don't get a spider bite. If you have to work in a area where spiders occur treat the area by spraying it with citrus oil and wear gloves so that you don't get a spider bite.

If you or someone you know has been bitten by a poisonous spider please share your story about the spider bite below. And thanks for taking the time to read my Hub Page about Spider Information and Spider Bites. Please post your comments or questions about spiders now.

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      4 years ago

      one time i got bitten in the leg by a tryantrula sorry about my spelling ,

      but by a black widow, no

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      7 years ago

      This was very helpful now i know what bit me

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      7 years ago

      We got both Brown Recluse and Black Widow around here. Once while working outside at the Walmart, we found this crevice in the outside wall one summer, during the rains of 2006, flying ants were pretty much everywhere, so we fooled around with the spider there, threw that first winged ant on the web, to see it struggle, to make our own animal planet vid with a camera phone, and lo and behold, out came a female black widow, webbed up and bit the ant, lightning fast, and everybody with me and myself jumped "WHOA!" knowing how dangerous those things are. But we kept throwing more flying ants on the nest, until she stopped coming out and looked like she was peeking out at the struggling ants still alive after being webbed and envenomated, she was pissed to have lots of food still alive and able to struggle, while we recorded with our camera phones from at least six feet away on the sidewalk. No we did not muck with the web or its maker herself, just threw every flying ant we could catch on it, just to watch the black widow do her thing, for the purpose of fascination, it was fun to watch, albeit we did have sense enough to do so from well out of her bite range.

      We also have scorpions here, though the ones around here aren't as toxic as others or the spiders, but I try to avoid killing them if I see them, since scorpions eat spiders, the ones here are a welcome neighbor in an area full of black widow and brown recluse. You should have seen one that got in the Walmart people were scared, and I happened upon it, and happened to have my best cowhide work gloves on, so I caught the little stinger, in front of a female supervisor who cowered away from me, as I took that thing outside, out of the parking lot and into a patch of dry grassy desert and left it there where it belongs, even though it clung to my gloved hand for dear life, it didn't want to me released from my cupped gloved hands, it was still day time, so I left it by a nice rock to crawl underneath. I've been stung by the ones around here before, I only ended up with a painful bite at the spot, but nothing serious, so these scorpions are a preferable to the spiders. No I would not have mucked with that scorpion at work if I did not happen to be wearing leather gloves at the time, I lvoe scorpions, but I am not stupid. I like watching spiders do what they do best by throwing live food on their web, but not watch them to closely. The incident with the Scorpion and a half later, its buddy, to me meant, two rescued scorpions meant fewer future incidents with spiders.

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      7 years ago

      These are serious stuff.... we've just killed 4 black widows. Two outside and two on my kiddies picnic table (under the chair brrr...) This is very frightening, i think we have to spray that citrus oil every now and then to keep all spiders away. During summer we have loads of spiders, better be educated about them right away.

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      8 years ago

      man that "Black Widow" is no joke because I got bite in the eye on my left.Now I don't have a left eye

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      8 years ago from The Island

      I was bitten in my sleep by a brown recluse. It got me on my calf, and I literally had major problems at the site for many months, blackening, soreness, swelling, redness, and more. It did make me feel very sick, and paralysis actually took over my leg. I could not even flex my foot, the pain was so screaming bad. I hopped for 3 months, while it wreaked havoc on my entire body. So sick I was unable to work. It was a serious situation that just added more intensity to my arachnophobia, I was already freaking out Awesome, helpful hub...Good to bookmark as a reference. Thank you for educating us!

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      Tom Ware 

      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      It's interesting that of the spider depicted there was no mention of what is probably one of the most venomous spiders in the world, the Australia Funnel Web. Nearly every death from a spider bite that has occurred in this country has been the result of a Funnel Web's poison.

      They are an underground dweller, though they often venture outside during the warmer months.

      As far as the Black Widow. The closest we come to that out here is the Australian Redback. It looks exactly the same as the Black Widow. It can inflict a painful bite, but is not regarded as deadly.

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      Lori J Latimer 

      9 years ago from Central Oregon

      My son was bitten by a Brown Recluse when he was little. It rotted the end of his nose. I took him to church on sunday...monday a Dr's Appointment to schedule skin grafts and plastic surgery. He was healed. I still went to the Dr. He got mad. The end of my son's nose still gets red on the end where he was bitten. I never thumb my nose at a miracle. just saying...this is true.


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