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Do you find poisonous spiders in the house?

Postby FiCl » Wed 4 Feb 2009 12:41 GMT

Wasn't sure where to put this. I know it seems petty - but whitetail spiders in the house used to really stress me out in NZ, particularly with 2 young children. I don't mind scary wildlife - if it's outside! I have been a bit spoiled as regards spiders that bite here in the UK. No snowboarding closeby though. We are looking at Kelowna, B.C. and I think black widows, brown recluses & hobos are all indigenous.
Honest answers please!
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Postby Graeme » Wed 4 Feb 2009 14:58 GMT

Black widows and Hobo spiders are indigenous to this area (Kelowna) however they have very little venom and are usually safe. The Hobo can create more damage than the widow especially if the bite is left for any length of time. I have seen forearm muscles dissolved with loss of hand function and major skin grafting required from a Hobo. There are few injuries from the spiders, in fact I'd say they are quite rare. You would be more concerned about ticks here I think.

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