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Old 11-12-2013, 07:26 PM
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Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Reminds me of a Brown Recluse which is worse than a Black widow.
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:56 PM
 
Location: RI, MA, VT, WI, IL, CA, IN (that one sucked), KY
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Reminds me of a Brown Recluse which is worse than a Black widow.

I don't see the pattern of a BR there, and unlikely anyway as OP is in VA.
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:59 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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We smush too...the spiders we find in the house are wolf spiders, and their bite won't kill you, but it does make whatever part got bit swell up and hurt pretty bad.
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:38 PM
 
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The spider was in your childs playbox. Should call for a hulk smash moment.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:40 PM
 
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Any spiders in my house get killed. If I had one that looked as creepy as that in my child's toybox, I sure as heck would kill it. Unless you want to risk trying to capture it and putting it outside, where it might make itself back it, I'd kill it.
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:46 AM
 
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I don't see the pattern of a BR there, and unlikely anyway as OP is in VA.
They have recluse spiders in VA, though I agree with you that I cannot visible see the fiddle (violin) marking on its upper body either. I am really betting that it is a brown widow or even possibly a red widow, but without identification or a better picture (more clarity) it is hard to tell.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:19 AM
 
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Not a black widow. Looks a lot like what is called an "orchard spider" found in the southeastern states. Can bite but the bite is harmless.

Black widows are more robust looking (overall thicker legs and larger bodies).
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:30 AM
 
Location: RI, MA, VT, WI, IL, CA, IN (that one sucked), KY
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They have recluse spiders in VA, though I agree with you that I cannot visible see the fiddle (violin) marking on its upper body either. I am really betting that it is a brown widow or even possibly a red widow, but without identification or a better picture (more clarity) it is hard to tell.

They're very uncommon and still only in the extreme W edge. That is why I said unlikely. Media makes them out to be common or widespread, but they're really not. They are believed to be expanding N and E due to global warming though.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:55 AM
 
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NO.not even close.
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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I don't smash. I use a vacuum cleaner hose to move the critters. Smash makes mess.

Entomologist told me that house (inside) spiders won't survive outside in case anyone is interested. I wasn't. It is either the spider going outside or my wife and it is 30 degrees right now.
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