Don't get the violins out for this dangerous recluse!


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The Brown recluse more commonly known as the ‘Violin’ spider due to the markings on it's body, has decided torero its ugly head again.  Its believed there have been three possibly four bites at least locally this week. 

Recent reports suggest one man was hospitalised for ten days after the suspected spider's bite.

The brown recluse venom can destroy human tissue. The victim may not feel or notice the bite when it occurs. At first, the bite site may appear like any other insect bite - a little red, itchy and inflamed. Over the course of a few days, the venom destroys the surrounding tissues.

The wound gets larger, more painful, and darker in colour. Necrosis or tissue death is identified when the tissue becomes black in colour and forms a crust that eventually falls off.

Although it is not easy to completely avoid the bite of a brown recluse spider, there are a few steps that can reduce the risk.

Shake out items such as gloves, boots, shoes, clothing and blankets before using them, especially if they are not used often or have been in storage.

Warn the spiders by making noise or vibrations (i.e. stomping your feet) before entering basements, attics, storage areas and unused closets.

Avoid clutter. Brown recluse spiders love to hide in the nooks and crannies of your home, or in between or under items.

Stay safe, Benidorm!

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