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Brown Recluse Spider Bite, Yellow Sac Spider Bites

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Bites occur year-round in heated homes where the temperature remains constant. Bites normally do not occur in areas of the united states where cold weather is common, although one large upstate New York hospital reported over one thousand brown recluse bites in a one year period of time. These bites were not confirmed to be that of the brown recluse. I do know of some confirmed bites in New York State but the victims or their family had just returned from southern states.  Brown recluse spiders are sometimes carried into the northern states by crawling into travelers or vacationers luggage. The recluse is non-aggressive towards humans but it will defend itself when rolled on, touched, or handled in any way. Most bites are reported to occur in the bedroom while the victim is sleeping. When a brown recluse bites, it injects cytotoxins that cause tissue death or necrosis of the bitten area . Many brown recluse spider bites go unnoticed initially or result in mild stinging. Some people may feel a burning sensation within 30 minutes after the brown recluse bite. Then, within 8 hours after the brown recluse bite, a necrotic spot may develop which can enlarge to the size of a silver dollar. If these symptoms do not appear within 48 to 96 hours, necrosis is not likely. If these symptoms do appear, the area can become ulcerated and sunken. Lesions caused by the brown recluse bite may take months to heal.


First aid for someone who has been bitten by a brown recluse spider includes use of an ice pack to prevent or to reduce the swelling in the area where the brown recluse bite occurred. Cooling the brown recluse spider bite area helps to reduce tissue damage. Also, cleaning the brown recluse bite area with hydrogen peroxide or alcohol will help to prevent infection. You should seek medical attention right away. If the brown recluse spider can be found, it should be collected and taken with the patient to the doctor to confirm the identity of the spider bite involved.

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Notice the violin shape on the thorax of the brown recluse spider
The brown recluse is also known as the fiddler spider or the violin spider.

brown recluse spider bite picture

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What do Yellow Sac spiders look like.  They are long and thin. The yellow sac spider is light green to yellow white with a dark stripe on the front of its body. It has 8 eyes in three rows. It is 3/4 inches long. They like to roam the ceilings and walls looking for something to eat. Mainly neotropical, this family has 36 species north of Mexico. Those yellow sac spiders have two claws at the tip of the leg. The jaws are brown and the legs are very smooth with the front legs longer than the rear legs.

Yellow sac spiders are responsible for most bites in the united states. The yellow sac spider is the most common spider in north america.Yellow Sac spiders are the most active at night.A Bite by a yellow sac spider generally produce instant, intense stinging pain, not unlike that of the bite of a wasp or hornet. This may be followed by localized redness, swelling and itching in the spider bite area; these spider bites may or may not evolve into a necrotic lesion, but when that occurs healing of the yellow sac bite is usually complete within eight weeks. Systemic effects are usually not severe, but when they occur may include chills, fever, headache, dizziness, nausea, anorexia, and sometimes shock. Treament for the local lesion spider bites should follow the same protocols as outlined for the hobo spider bite and brown recluse spiders spider bites 

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1. Place non-toxic diatomaceous earth around the foundation of your home and in areas of your basement and attic where spiders are most prevalent.
2. Put spider sticky traps in problem areas of your home, such as dark moist areas where spiders can be found.
3. Have the exterior of your house treated with a good residual insecticide.
4. Spray cracks and crevices inside your home with a residual insecticide.
5. Keep basement and attics clean and vacuum up all webs.

Diatomaceous Earth, 10 lb.

Problems With House Spiders

Your site is very informative, however I was wondering specifically how spiders enter the home, and if there are anything that I can do to prevent the spiders from biting me. I also would like to know what spider inhabit Rochester, NY. We are in Charlotte, and will be moving to Rochester and want to know if this area is more prone to spiders in the home because we will be located so close to the lake, or because our foundation surrounding our home is comprised of more sand than normal dirt.


SUBJECT: Re: house spiders

Hi, thanks for your question
There are more than 600 species of spiders found in NYS
Some common house spiders are: Sac spiders,daddy long legs, house spiders,and wolf spiders.Spiders are usually found in corners of rooms, closets, boxes, dark crevices, basements and enter your home through cracks and crevices in your foundation,siding and overhangs to escape the cold NYS weather.You can control spiders by spreading non toxic diatomaceous earth powder around your foundation, in crawlspaces, garages, and basements.Also placing spider traps in your living areas will help to control them.