The brown recluse spider has a venomous bite and must be treated with care. The bite is initially painless and many are not aware that they have been bitten until a few hours have passed. The symptoms usually include local inflammation and pain. The condition can worsen to include symptoms such as fever, shivering, nausea and itching. If a bite does occur, clean the area with soap and water, apply ice to lessen the pain and seek medical help as soon as possible.
With Halloween just around the corner, its time for larger-than-life creepy, crawly creatures skittering across lawns, lurking in dark alleyways and dropping out of nowhere to frighten their hapless victims.
North Carolina is home to dozens of species of spiders. While most species of spiders are relatively harmless, two poisonous species are common in the Tar Heel state, the black widow and the brown recluse spider.