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Old 07-11-2007, 10:49 AM
 
Location: ~Palm Coast, Florida~
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O.k. my husband says that someone told him that the brown recluse is ALL over the place here in Florida. Is this true??
Any info appreciated!

Jen
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Old 07-11-2007, 10:50 AM
 
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O.k. my husband says that someone told him that the brown recluse is ALL over the place here in Florida. Is this true??
Any info appreciated!

Jen
The Brown Recluse is not even in its native range in most of Florida, despite the myth!

Brown Recluse Spider
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Old 07-11-2007, 11:04 AM
 
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O.k. my husband says that someone told him that the brown recluse is ALL over the place here in Florida. Is this true??
Any info appreciated!

Jen
They are bad news, I got bit by one that put me in the hospital. To be honest, that is the only one I have ever seen, that was in Hollywood by the way. I see lots of Black widows though, I can find them in my garage any given day.
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Old 07-11-2007, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Downtown Raleigh, NC
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A friend of mine in Orlando (+ his roommates) and my old boss in Miami all had nasty encounters with Brown Recluses. They are not necessarily aggressive, but they can hide in unsuspecting places such as bedding. I never had an encounter with one and neither has anyone in my family (all life-long Floridians), but it's best to educate yourself on them so you can recognize one should you come in contact with them. It is very important to get treatment soon after being bitten.

Also keep an eye out for BROWN widows as well. Though not as aggressive as black widows, their venom is a bit more potent. They are in FL, so keep an eye out.
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Old 07-11-2007, 11:06 AM
 
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I see lots of Black widows though, I can find them in my garage any given day.
I still am amazed at how lucky I am with these bugs! I guess the real estate here is too expensive for them.

The recluses are existent here, but this is not really their range.
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Old 07-11-2007, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Albers, IL 62215
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Hi oceandreams, by the way, CONGRATULATIONS on your move!!!
I live in Illinois, and they are everywhere here.

I'm 40 years old, and have never seen a Brown Recluse (that I know of), or been bitten. I have lived in the country, and on a small community lake, both areas heavily wooded.....with bugs of all sorts.....even the flying roaches that are nearly three inches in length....hehehehe....but here they are called commonly called Wood Roaches....

I have only ever heard of one person being bitten by a Brown Recluse, and it was cleared up with antibiotics. The horrible pics you will find are when the bite is left untreated.
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Old 07-11-2007, 11:22 AM
 
Location: ~Palm Coast, Florida~
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Hi Justme! lol, I moved from Illinois and I know they can be found there, but I never did find any all 25 years of living up there.
I hope I dont see one down here either!

Thank you everyone for your replies! My husband was making me think that they could be found anywhere in the house!!
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Old 07-11-2007, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Albers, IL 62215
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I do actually know one person that has had a serious infestation of them. The exterminator set out sticky traps.

I found this link awhile ago, but maybe others have more information regarding the spiders most common in your area....

Brown Recluse First Aid Kit - Spider Traps
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Old 07-11-2007, 12:10 PM
 
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I still am amazed at how lucky I am with these bugs! I guess the real estate here is too expensive for them.

The recluses are existent here, but this is not really their range.
I don't make any effort to get rid of them because they don't bother me. It is an old garage and is a nice habitat for things like that. You are right about our area we don't really have a bug problem. I hardly even get mosquitoes and never see any flies. When I was a kid we used to have those fog trucks that went up and down the streets certain times of the year and later had planes that would spray but they never do that any more. Not much swamp left any more I guess, they have been filled in and built on it all.
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Old 07-11-2007, 07:17 PM
 
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Strangely enough, I didn't see any unusual insects on my trip, and I was keeping an eye for them. Just a bunch of anoles, and some pelicans(?).
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