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Old 09-02-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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Can anyone tell me how often one may come in counters with a Black Widow or Brown Recluse Spider in the Charlotte metro. Also how likely would I be to come in contact with a Copperhead or Timber Rattlesnake. Also all personal stories are welcome.
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:16 AM
 
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Can anyone tell me how often one may come in counters with a Black Widow or Brown Recluse Spider in the Charlotte metro. Also how likely would I be to come in contact with a Copperhead or Timber Rattlesnake. Also all personal stories are welcome.

A handful of people a year seem to get bitten by spiders - it's not very common. Copperheads are around, but in all my years here I've rarely seen them. Most snakes are shy - just make a lot of noise by thumping the ground if you have to walk thru tall grass and they scatter.

Also, people forget, snakes are nocturnal - the worst time to walk across your lawn barefooted is at night
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Old 09-02-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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Can anyone tell me how often one may come in counters with a Black Widow or Brown Recluse Spider in the Charlotte metro. Also how likely would I be to come in contact with a Copperhead or Timber Rattlesnake. Also all personal stories are welcome.
You won't see a brown recluse in Charlotte unless you bring it with you.

Black widows are common, but they stay to themselves under rocks in dry places.

Depending on your level of outdoor activity it isn't uncommon to spot a copperhead or two every year, but you may not see one for years on end. I spend A LOT of time outdoors and I haven't seen a copperhead in forever.

I've never seen a rattlesnake, but I hear you can find them around if you know where to look.

I'd worry more about yellow jackets and wasps, personally.
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Old 09-02-2010, 03:05 PM
 
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You won't see a brown recluse in Charlotte unless you bring it with you.
BS. My wife got bit by a brown recluse that made its home in our storage shed. We have a colony of black widows that nests inside of our spa. They're harmless though. Copperheads & other snakes aren't seen very often & no one including our neighbors have been bitten. My cousin in Wilmington gets coral snakes in his pool. He fetches them out with the dipper.
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Old 09-02-2010, 03:08 PM
 
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BS. My wife got bit by a brown recluse that made its home in our storage shed. We have a colony of black widows that nests inside of our spa. They're harmless though. Copperheads & other snakes aren't seen very often & no one including our neighbors have been bitten. My cousin in Wilmington gets coral snakes in his pool. He fetches them out with the dipper.
let me ask you... how do you know it was a brown recluse? did you see it? did you capture it and have it identified?

Here is an article written by a professional regarding brown recluse spiders. I think it mentions how frequently "recluse bites" are misdiagnosed...

http://dermatology.cdlib.org/DOJvol5...l/recluse.html

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Old 09-02-2010, 04:52 PM
 
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We've seen exactly one black widow spider in 6 years. We've seen many harmless snakes but none poisonous. One neighbor claims to have killed a copperhead but I didn't see it. Given how often people misidentify snakes I'm not completely confident in the report.

I really thought we'd have more spiders and snakes given that we live on a wooded lot with water nearby.

Ditto on the yellow jackets and wasps. Consider that I am very afraid of wasps, we go through 3-4 cans of wasp spray a year between home and camping. You can get it on sale at Lowes for $1 right now, I stocked up, lol. We've also had two yellow jacket nests in or around the house, just in the last two years.
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Old 09-02-2010, 08:28 PM
 
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You won't see a brown recluse in Charlotte unless you bring it with you.

Black widows are common, but they stay to themselves under rocks in dry places.

Depending on your level of outdoor activity it isn't uncommon to spot a copperhead or two every year, but you may not see one for years on end. I spend A LOT of time outdoors and I haven't seen a copperhead in forever.

I've never seen a rattlesnake, but I hear you can find them around if you know where to look.

I'd worry more about yellow jackets and wasps, personally.

Unless I'm missing something... may I ask why you say this. Are they extra large or aggressive here?
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:24 PM
 
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You will see a few big ones but not many. Here Is one a neighbor caught last week....This is one of the babys
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:36 PM
 
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You will see a few big ones but not many. Here Is one a neighbor caught last week....This is one of the babys

Hahaha... sure this is a baby lol
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:30 PM
 
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let me ask you... how do you know it was a brown recluse? did you see it? did you capture it and have it identified?

Here is an article written by a professional regarding brown recluse spiders. I think it mentions how frequently "recluse bites" are misdiagnosed...

Identifying and Misidentifying the Brown Recluse Spider


Should he have sent the corpse to an Arachnologist for identification?

I have seen them here. Having lived in Texas for three years, I know exactly what they look like. I found not one, but two in my garage. One was in a cardboard box and one was in a pile of cut up 2X4's. One I killed, the other escaped. If I ever find the other one, I will send you a pic of it.


ETA; For OP's information, I have not seen a Black Widow or Copperhead yet. I have seen two rattlesnakes. Really small ones if that helps. It's very true that if you tap a stick on the ground, they'll split before you even come close to them. They are very sensitive to ground vibrations. In fact, they can feel your footsteps and usually slither away.

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