Texas is a big state with all kinds of interesting critters. This article is about the poisonous spiders in Texas. I have no beef with spiders in general as long as they don’t get on me. Those multiple legs are kind of creepy and the spiders with hair on them are very creepy to me. Many people just kill any spider they see, but the creatures are helpful in keeping the insect population under control. This article will tell you the poisonous spiders of Texas and how to avoid them.
The Brown Recluse lives in Texas along with other variations of the Recluse family. Brown Recluse Spiders have an hourglass figure shaped on their back and of course are brown in color.
The Brown Recluse can leave a very nasty bite that must be treated as soon as possible. The wound can become infected and lead to MRSA and even dearth. I know a woman who died a year later from complications from a Brown Recluse bite. The bites from this spider tend to form a blister and can cause muscle pain and nausea.
This poisonous spider in Texas (any anywhere it is found) likes closets and hiding under beds when inside. Outside they like wood piles and brushy areas where they can hide. They hunt at night so that is when you are more likely to see one. Be sure to shake out shoes and clothes before putting them on if you think one of the critters may be in your home.
Black Widows are named because the female mates with a male, then kills and eats him! Similar to some human marriages but much quicker results. The Black Widow Spider is much more poisonous than a Rattlesnake; however since they are small they seldom get a huge amount of venom into a wound. Black Widow females are the dangerous ones and have a red hourglass shape on them. It is there to warn predators such as birds, not to eat the spider as it will poison them.
Black Widow bites will have red marks around the bite. These bits can be dangerous to humans but according to insects.tamu.edu only 5% of people die from the Black Widow bites.
Many people think Tarantula’s as poisonous but they are not. However their bites can be quite painful and also the (creepy) hairs on them can irritate human skin. Tarantulas are night hunters in Texas and wherever else they are found. Thank you for reading this article about poisonous spiders in Texas.
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