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Re: “Things That Bite in the Night: Brown recluse and hobo spiders are getting a bum rap

People do move around and bring non-native species with them. I bought an old dresser from a thrift store in Portland Oregon that had webs behind the drawers that weren't noticed before the purchase. I put my things in the drawers after I had trusted my boyfriend had dusted it off well. But he had not! I ended up getting bit on my left breast by a brown recluse that was in my bra! I had never as a native Oregonian seen one before, but I took a picture of it and its fiddle mark identified it. I went to then smash it and Ive never seen a spider run so fast! It hid in a crack. I asked my boyfriend to get it out and flush it down the toilet so it couldnt bite anyone else! I wish so badly I wouldve saved it to show the Dr! He only saw the redness and prescribed antibiotics. He said if it had been a brown recluse bite it was like winning the lottery. Odds against it since they arent native to Oregon. The venom attacks epithelial tissue, hence the irregular heart beats I experienced. The first symptom was redness and extreme itchiness. I pulled the drawers out of the dresser to find many webs! I scolded my boyfriend. The thrift store had gotten furniture donated from a recent arrival from Texas. Brown recluse live to hide in dressers. They can survive a very long time without food as well. Look out for yourself.

Posted by Ciara D. Doney on 06/17/2018 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Backyard Scorpions: We've got some of the stingers in these parts, but don't worry

I've been finding them in my house and garage for years, always around this time of year. I live South of Glide, right beside a creek.
I read that they love crickets and I find them, too. Most of the ones I find are dead or nearly so. Maybe because I have indoor cats. I even found one in a glass ceiling light cover. I also read that chickens help to control them outdoors. A chicken 'adopted' us last fall so I'll see if I see a reduced number this year.

Posted by Reenie Lafferty on 06/13/2018 at 5:19 PM

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