Posted by Lindalee on 2:13:45 10/18/2011 from 188.8.131.52:
My husband never tells me anything! LOL!
This weekend on the phone my mother-in-law told me that she was bitten by a spider a couple of weeks ago, and had to go to the doctor as it wasn't getting any better. She never saw the spider, and never felt any pain at all, just terrible itching and a sore that kept getting bigger and bigger. When she went to the doctor three days later he informed her that it must have been a recluse, just from how it looked. She was given a shot for the itching, antibiotics, etc., etc.
Since my husband never mentioned this, and hadn't seen the wound himself, my daughter and I visited last evening to see how she really was. The bite is on her hip, and really horrific; the size of the palm of my hand, very deep, and black. And she called that an improvement!
I wasn't aware that in southcentral PA (near Gettysburg) we had brown recluse spiders. She refused my offer to do an immediate spider sweep, even though I did them often for my mother, and occasionally for my two sisters. Besides also here at home for yellow sac spiders which target my daughter.
She doesn't know if she got bitten in her home, or around her property which is a large landscaped corner lot. Or at the grocery store, or visiting one of her friends. It could have been anywhere. My FIL died just a year ago, and she has been re-doing various rooms, especially the kitchen and the finished basement where she replaced the drop ceiling and the paneling, in case she decides to sell. It wouldn't surprise me a bit that some spiders had been disturbed.
This next weekend I'm going back to my MIL's with a bright flashlight and - maybe! - my own broom to do a house-wide sweep. But it would help to know if there are any signs to look for to see if recluse spiders are in residence. I appreciate your time, and any help you can give. Take care!
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