Identifying other Dangerous Spiders
The brown recluse is not the only venomous spider found in the United States. Depending on what part of the country you call home, there is a good chance that there are several spiders that could cause some serious problems. Take the time to learn about these other dangerous spiders and what to do if you are bitten.
The Black Widow
If you have ever heard of any specific kind of spider in the past, chances are that you have heard of the Black Widow. The main body of this spider is a jet black, and includes a red design on the abdomen that is more or less like that of an old fashioned hourglass. Like the Brown Recluse, the body of the Black widow is around a half-inch.
In spite of the fierce reputation of this particular spider, the Black Widow only injects a small amount of venom per bite. This does not mean you can ignore it and all will be well. You still need to be on the lookout for swelling, redness around the bite, and the development of fever and a sudden increase in your blood pressure.
The Hobo Spider
Sometimes called a house spider, the Hobo is sometimes confused with the Brown Recluse, since the coloring and shape of the body is very similar. This type of spider is also found in the same places that the Brown Recluse is fond of occupying in the home.
What is a little different is that the Hobo is more likely to be found in the Pacific Northwest than in the Midwest or the Gulf Region. In addition, the Hobo is not native to the United States. Many experts believe that it arrived on American soil through shipments of goods from Western Europe during the early part of the 20th century.
In the strictest sense, the Hobo is not as dangerous as some other types of arachnids. You are highly unlikely to die as the result of a bite. What is more likely to happen is that painful lesions will develop around the bite. Blisters that grow and ultimately split are also likely. The bite can also damage blood vessels and produce a great deal of pain. Apply ice to the area at once and get to a doctor as quickly as possible.