October 20, 2013
The Brown Recluse Spider bites are not funny!
After six hours with grandson at the hospital, were all finally home. Need to get prescriptions filled tomorrow for the poor baby, but he went though a lot at the hospital and now still in a daze being placed under a deep sleep. But, the brown recluse spider is no joke for a five month old child let alone any one much older. So, to give you an idea that they are not a joke here is a little information. Now, adults as well as children can handle it a bit better and this little guy is doing good and will be on medication for a while. But, seems when he was asleep between mom and dad that this spiter had to appear on him and not one of the adults. Since it was at another location and hard to say where that spider came from as could have been in the blankets sheet or any place for some time as your able to read all about it.
Shake things out as well as have pest control which we do and with changes in the laws, stuff that use to work no longer allowed. But, this is number one for my pest control company come this Friday. But, as I said did not happen here, but just the same, I want them to be sprayed just the same as anything else that wants to come in for the winter. LOL So, be careful if getting out winter clothes check and shake well or even wash before using to be extra safe if have small kiddies around.
The brown recluse spider or violin spider, Loxosceles reclusa, Sicariidae (formerly placed in a family “Loxoscelidae”) is a spider with a venomous bite.
they seem to favor cardboard, possibly because it mimics the rotting tree bark which they inhabit naturally. They have also been encountered in shoes, inside dressers, in bed sheets of infrequently used beds, in clothes stacked or piled or left lying on the floor, inside work gloves, behind baseboards and pictures, in toilets, and near sources of warmth when ambient temperatures are lower than usual.
it is imperative to examine the eyes. While most spiders have eight eyes, recluse spiders have six eyes arranged in pairs (dyads) with one median pair and two lateral pairs. Only a few other spiders have three pairs of eyes
Adult brown recluse spiders often live about one to two years. Each female produces several egg sacs over a period of two to three months, from May to July, with approximately fifty eggs in each sac. The eggs hatch in about one month. The spiderlings take about one year to grow to adulthood. The brown recluse spider is resilient and can tolerate up to six months of extreme drought and scarcity or absence of food. On one occasion it survived in controlled captivity for over five seasons without food
The spider usually bites only when pressed against the skin, such as when tangled within clothes, towels, bedding, inside work gloves, etc. Many human victims report having been bitten after putting on clothes that had not been worn recently, or had been left for many days undisturbed on the floor. However, the fangs of the brown recluse are so tiny they are unable to penetrate most fabric.
Reported cases of brown recluse bites occur primarily in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Outpatient palliative care following discharge often consists of a weak-moderate strength opioid (e.g. codeine and tramadol, respectively) depending on pain scores, an anti-inflammatory agent (e.g. naproxen, cortisone), and an antispasmodic (e.g. cyclobenzaprine, diazepam), for a few days to a week. If the pain and/or spasms have not resolved by this time, a second medical evaluation is generally advised, and differential diagnoses may be considered. Occasionally but not always, an antibiotic is prescribed as well.
Brown recluse spiders possess a variety of adaptive abilities, including the abilities to maintain homeostasis for several seasons with no food or water and to survive after losing limbs.
Additionally, these spiders survive significantly longer in a relatively cool, thermally stable environment.
Brown recluses’ abilities to survive starvation and thirst, and the way in which they benefit from the regulated room temperatures of human habitations, make extermination of this species particularly challenging. Many chemicals that have proven effective have now been made illegal or restricted in the U.S., making the use of chemicals to eradicate the spiders impractical.
Chemicals that do not kill the spider may cause disruption to its nervous system or other systems, inducing undesirable aggressive behavior.