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Old 10-19-2009, 10:18 AM
 
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Yes, I was bitten by one when I was in college. I didn't know it at the time. When I woke up the next morning, I had a huge lump on my inner thigh that was purple and about an inch high. My roommate saw that and suggested that I go to the clinic. So, I did. They told me that I was very fortunate to have lived. It was a brown recluse spider bite.
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Branson-Hollister-Kimberling City
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Default My first sighting!

Thanks to all the good info here!

Over the weekend I was working with some folks who wanted to find the perfect lake front acreage for their retirement dream home, and that necessitates walking through wooded/partly wooded areas that are sometimes quite isolated. When we got out of the car at one dead end dirt road, I looked down and saw two full grown brown recluse spiders! We gave them wide berth, believe me. I've also added to my suggestions to new home builders to have an exterminator visit the site prior to construction...

Better living through chemicals...eh?


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Old 10-23-2009, 06:02 PM
 
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Default Brown Recluse Spiders

I just joined and read with interest the comments about the brown recluse. My ex was bitten by one. So was my grown daughter. He sought medical help immediately and no complications. She waited... Should not have waited. Hers was much more serious, had a serious infection (staph) and lost some tissue because of it. Have a son who lives in a neighborhood where most of the houses have cedar shake shingles. Bad idea. These spiders love those things. They have to regularly have their house exterminated. My question is.....are you more afraid of these spiders (or the black widow, which is also poisonous), or copperhead and rattlesnakes? Then, there are the scorpions. I was bitten by one of those and those are extremely painful, though not dangerous as the ones in Texas, I'm told. Then, we have our tornadoes. So, pick your fear. Southwest Missouri is a great place to live nonetheless. Lol
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