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#1 Rose White

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Posted 12 September 2019 - 12:26 PM

Today I read that an invasive type of spider is spreading in California. Although it is not as dangerous as a Black Widow, it can cause a painful bite that can lead to a serious infection if not treated right away. These spiders build webs closer to human activity so will be more likely to come into contact with people and thus more likely to bite them.

 

This link is about the current invasion that Europe is experiencing, however California is having it's own invasion as well. There has been a case or two of them in Sacramento, but the larger invasion is on the southern California coast. It is called an invasion because these spiders are native to the Canary Islands.

They are thought to have been transported by potted plants and other means.

 

Wipe down any webs around your house, inside and outside. Spray around the outside of your house and inside cabinets and under furniture. And if your child or other family member gets bitten, wash the area with warm soapy water right away and see a doctor if it starts to swell. Better to be safe than sorry.

 

https://www.thesun.c...piders-uk-bite/

 



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Posted 12 September 2019 - 12:41 PM

Here is a web site that covers the invasive Brown Widow spider and where it has been seen in California.

 

https://cisr.ucr.edu/brown_widow_spider.html



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Posted 13 September 2019 - 02:45 PM

Thank you Aces! I'm glad you thought this information useful. These days, our doctors are so far behind on current illness brought into the US, the patients have to tell THEM what the cause of their illness is! In this case, a spider bite from this species requires a timely diagnosis, not a wait and see and come back if it gets worse.

 

Of course, the main news isn't always reporting what is coming at us in the way of illness, so we sometimes are shocked that we get sick when we haven't done anything outside the norm. Hardly anyone would think a little spider bite could result in losing a limb. But it has happened. Now all we hear is, "get your flu shot!".






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