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One of the most common spiders here in Gaston County are the Carolina Wolf Spiders. See picture below of the one I found in the floor of my home. ..

Carolina Wolf Spider on the floor of my home

Most people are not concerned with these scary looking creatures because many folks are under the misconception that the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse are the only two spiders that produce venom; and therefore believe they are the only two spiders that will bite. WRONG!  Many spiders will bite you, and ALL SPIDERS are venomous!!!  Notice the difference between the markings on the Carolina Wolf Spider compared to the more venomous Brown Recluse Spider. Picture below in order are the Brown Recluse Spider, Picture of a Brown Recluse Bite, and picture of a common black widow we found in a rodent station box here in Belmont.

Brown Recluse Spider – Notice the fiddle shaped marking on TOP

Brown Recluse Bite – Severe damage because tissue is killed by the venom and will not hill back

Black Widow Spider – Notice the orange hour glass on the BOTTOM of the abdomen. Much unlike the Brown Recluse which has identifying markings on TOP

Fact is most all spiders produce venom. We are lucky that many of the smaller spiders with small mouth parts are not capable of piercing our skin. However, most all spiders with an abdomen bigger than the size of a pea can and will bite us and inject venom with those bites. Most literature on spiders claim than these “non deadly” spider bites are similar in nature to a pin-prick or bee sting and state that the venom usually is not dangerous to humans. Out of curiosity, I decided to let a large carolina wolf spider bite me to see how the sting compared to what BASF’s Spider Guide suggested was similar to a pin prick. HOLY HELL, the bite was analogous to being stabbed with a dagger and the ensuing pain was way worse than any bee sting I’ve ever encountered. And trust me when I say that I’ve had a ton of wasp, yellow jacket, and hornet stings. I’ve even let non poisonous snakes bury their fangs in my arm and  NOTHING compares to the pain of this spider bite!!!! Throbbing, high intensity punishment that brought tears to my eyes!!!!! The venom seemed to kill only my top layer of skin and below is a picture exactly one week after I let the spider bite me.

Fall is the time when many outdoor species including that Carolina Wolf Spider make their way into our homes for overwintering harborage. Be aware that any spider is capable of biting you especially those larger size spider species and remember ALL spiders have venomous poison. Something else to be aware of is even though my Carolina Wolf Spider bite healed relatively  fast, many folks with hypersensitivity could have nasty wounds that may or may not heal over time. Another concern would be that bacteria could be injected with and compound the severity of the spider bite. … SEE BELOW, AND Check out our seven websites for more information on my firm, Envirosafe, and the services that we offer. Spider calls this month have been incredible and our service technicians perform several preventative jobs a day for spiders to protect property and health.

My spider bite from a Carolina Wolf Spider after one week – notice how only the outer skin died from the venom

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