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Old 04-25-2008, 10:07 AM   #21
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Unfortunately we didn't know there was an infestation until after we bought the house and moved in, and by then, it was too late...lol...At first the infestation was really bad, but, after having the house sprayed and living in it for 4 years now, the numbers of Recluses we've seen has greatly decreased, thank goodness!

I've read the Recluses really aren't aggressive spiders and don't bite unless threatened, which, I believe. Of all the Recluses we've seen, none of them have shown aggression (even when I took a rolled up piece of paper and kept nudging one to see what kind of provocation would cause it to attack). However, I know they can hide out in bedsheets, clothes, shoes, anything really and if you roll over onto one, or put on clothes with one in there, they will of course bite.

My daughter's wound is looking about the same today, not worse, not much better. Still keeping a close eye on it, though, she has no symptoms of a Recluse bite. She's been very active and no nausea or vomiting, no fever or chills, nothing except a weird wound on her elbow...lol...
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Old 04-25-2008, 12:42 PM   #22
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Look up brown recluse spider bites. If you see all the pictures, you will see that it is very serious. It eats up the flesh. Don't take any chances. Hope it's not that at all.
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Old 04-25-2008, 01:10 PM   #23
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I think they're called recluses because they tend to mind their own business and they like small, dark places.
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Old 04-25-2008, 03:05 PM   #24
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That's exactly right...I've read they come out of "hiding" to eat, and, usually only at night...I've rarely seen them during the day.
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Old 04-25-2008, 03:24 PM   #25
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I think I shook one out of a throw on the couch once. I didn't get a real good look as he scampered off pretty quickly but I didn't sit on the couch for a couple of weeks!
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You guys are brave. Seriously, knowing the damage that one spider can cause I wouldn't stay in the house till it was properly fumigated.
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Old 04-25-2008, 09:57 PM   #27
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I'm glad she is doing better and hopes it continues...I'm terrified of spiders so I just got brave enough to click in here...now I don't want to go to sleep in my bed till JD beats it down ...even though they say this part of OH doesn't have them....
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Ok, update...We think it might actually be a splinter! My poor daughter accidentally scraped her elbow on the edge of the table at dinner tonight and ended up scraping off a layer of skin...I cleaned her elbow again and noticed a little brown sliver that looks like a small thin splinter, but, it looks way too deep to try to pull out. If it hasn't surfaced any by Monday, I'm going to take her to the dr. to see if he can remove it. I would try, but, even just lightly dabbing her elbow with a cotton ball makes her cry because it hurts so bad...Poor thing!

Oh dustinac, one night a few years ago I was lying in bed (I sleep on the side closest to the wall) and for some reason I decided to open my eyes...I saw a big 'ol Brown Recluse climbing up my wall, at eye level! Man, I jumped up and ended up waking hubby in the process...lol...Normally I don't kill spiders, I just get a cup and put the spider outside, but, the Brown Recluses, well, they meet the shoe. Needless to say, the one climbing up my wall got the boot...lol...Yeah, I had a really hard time falling asleep that night!
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Oh, thank God for splinters! What a relief!
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