Brown Recluse Spiders~WARNING!!!
Yes. They DO live in NY State.
Have for quite some time.
I was bitten, my signifigant other has been bitten.
I've been talking to many people lo0cally, and virtually EVERYone knows someone, locally, who has been bitten by one of them.
I have healed as well as I'm going to heal, through herbal poultices and finally antibiotics to clear up the infection that always results from these wounds.(Traditional medicine has NOTHING to treat their flesh eating venom.)
Joe isn't so lucky.
He gets to have a hunk of flesh the size of a baseball surgically removed from his leg tomorrow to stop the necrosis, or "rotting of flesh".
Why am I writing here?
Gardeners,...residents of NY have no idea these things are even a threat to us.
"Oh, Those Fiddleback Spiders live way down South of us. We don't have to worry about them."
YES, we DO!
PLEASE take great caution when working outdoors.
They hide under rocks, woodpiles, rubbish heaps, piles of dry leaves.
I hate working with gloves and hate wearing long sleaves, (Especially when it's 90 degrees out), but they can not bite through clothing.Protect yourself.
They love the house.
Dark dry, undisturbed corners.
Never enter a dark room and fuss around looking for something. Turn the lights on and leave them on for a few minutes before you enter the room.
Shake your garden clogs hard before slipping your feet into them.
Shake your coat before putting it on.
Shake your sheets before going to bed.
Those of you who know me, know I am not a crazy Arachnaphobe(sp.), Just a crazy plantaholic, who used to love being outdoors and playing in the dirt.
I beg you all to research these horrible creatures. Know them! Know what they look like. KNOW where they hide. Protect yourselves.
In most cases they will not kill you, but they will mutilate, cripple, change your life forever.