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Old 05-11-2008, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Independence ky
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Just lurking here and I couldn't help notice all the bug talk. I use to be afraid of spiders, absolutely terrified. Then I discovered how beneficial they are for getting rid of the bad bugs, like in your veggie garden. You know you can be anywhere near a tree or bush and get a tick...Chiggers DO NOT migrate to one type of bush. I have a farm, chiggers are everywhere. The best defense is bug spray and a good shower afterwards. Recluse spiders are mostly south, if you get bit, get your butt to the doctor so they can try and stop the skin deteriation the bite inflicks. Black widows will NOT kill you, but make you sick. Recluse spiders eat dead bugs and usually hang around in the woods around decayed wood. Black widows like to hide under rocks. We've killed many by pouring boiling hot water over them. If you go hiking in the woods, wear high socks, long pants and long sleeve shirts. Of course incountering one of the above spiders is not likely unless you're looking for them, I would worry more about the Mosquitoes and what they carry. Common sense has always been my best friend.
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Old 05-11-2008, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Just lurking here and I couldn't help notice all the bug talk. I use to be afraid of spiders, absolutely terrified. Then I discovered how beneficial they are for getting rid of the bad bugs, like in your veggie garden. You know you can be anywhere near a tree or bush and get a tick...Chiggers DO NOT migrate to one type of bush. I have a farm, chiggers are everywhere. The best defense is bug spray and a good shower afterwards. Recluse spiders are mostly south, if you get bit, get your butt to the doctor so they can try and stop the skin deteriation the bite inflicks. Black widows will NOT kill you, but make you sick. Recluse spiders eat dead bugs and usually hang around in the woods around decayed wood. Black widows like to hide under rocks. We've killed many by pouring boiling hot water over them. If you go hiking in the woods, wear high socks, long pants and long sleeve shirts. Of course incountering one of the above spiders is not likely unless you're looking for them, I would worry more about the Mosquitoes and what they carry. Common sense has always been my best friend.
There are brown recluse spiders all over the place here but mostly in dark, damp places. Working at the zoo I have to be careful because of how common they are there.
One of my coworkers got bit but it wasn't serious. It scared the bejeezus out of him though!
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Old 05-11-2008, 12:06 PM
 
Location: KY
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Yah peaches. I loved the peaches I had in WI. In AZ you hardly ever get a nice juicy dribble down your chin kind. In fact a friend and I have bought some from Harry and David just to get the good ones. It means I'll save even more money!!!!!!
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Old 05-12-2008, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Independence ky
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My mistake, recluse spiders don't just hang around dead wood... I found this interesting article regarding their makeup.

Life History Characteristics

Recluse spiders, as their name implies, are reclusive. These nocturnal spiders emerge from their retreats at night and actively hunt down prey or may wait for prey to land in the small area several inches from their retreat. Although they do not build webs to capture prey, they do use silk to build a retreat in which they hide during the day. As dawn approaches, they may seek shelter in dark places such as in clothing or shoes. Also, mature males roam in search of females. It is these two behaviors that can bring them into contact with people.
In nature, recluses are found in cracks and crevices in and under rocks. Recluses have very much benefited from human-altered environments where they are readily found under trash cans, plywood, tarps, or rubber tires, in boxes, etc. They are synanthropic (found in association with humans) and therefore are considered “house” spiders. In fact, in South America the recluse species have common names that translate as “the spider behind the picture” or “the spider in the corner.”

I guess when you disturb them during the day, you get them upset and that's when they'll bite. I have a friend that also bitten by one on the forhead above her eyebrow, after it healed, it looked like she had a scar from a shotgun.


Here's the link to the above information...
Brown Recluse and Other Recluse Spider Management Guidelines--UC IPM

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Old 05-12-2008, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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My mistake, recluse spiders don't just hang around dead wood... I found this interesting article regarding their makeup.

Life History Characteristics

Recluse spiders, as their name implies, are reclusive. These nocturnal spiders emerge from their retreats at night and actively hunt down prey or may wait for prey to land in the small area several inches from their retreat. Although they do not build webs to capture prey, they do use silk to build a retreat in which they hide during the day. As dawn approaches, they may seek shelter in dark places such as in clothing or shoes. Also, mature males roam in search of females. It is these two behaviors that can bring them into contact with people.
In nature, recluses are found in cracks and crevices in and under rocks. Recluses have very much benefited from human-altered environments where they are readily found under trash cans, plywood, tarps, or rubber tires, in boxes, etc. They are synanthropic (found in association with humans) and therefore are considered “house” spiders. In fact, in South America the recluse species have common names that translate as “the spider behind the picture” or “the spider in the corner.”

I guess when you disturb them during the day, you get them upset and that's when they'll bite. I have a friend that also bitten by one on the forhead above her eyebrow, after it healed, it looked like she had a scar from a shotgun.


Here's the link to the above information...
Brown Recluse and Other Recluse Spider Management Guidelines--UC IPM

I had another coworker who's mother got bit somewhere else and lost a huge chunk of her leg because of it.
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Old 05-12-2008, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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All this spider talk is making me itch. I hate spiders! One day while I was sitting on the computer I felt something on my head and reached up there and it was a spider! Must have fell on me? That was scary I tell you.
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