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The Danger Of Spider Bites To Your Dog: Photos Of The Wolf Spider Bite My Dog Suffered

Updated on November 17, 2014
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Mary's dogs are another member of her family. She enjoys writing about her "furbabies".

This is my Miniature Schnauzer, Baby, before she was bitten by the spider.
This is my Miniature Schnauzer, Baby, before she was bitten by the spider.

I Moved Into A New Apartment

I recently moved into a small two bedroom apartment that was built onto an existing house. This was done to accommodate the owner's Mother-in law. I downsized from a large four bedroom house.

I first began to notice a huge population of ants. These are the kind we commonly call “sugar ants”. They are attracted to sweets. They also love toothpaste and soap. Through research, I now know spiders feed off these ants and other insects.

I Was Bitten By A Wolf Spider


One morning I noticed a red bump on my forearm. I just thought it was a mosquito bite and thought nothing of it. Four hours later the bump was larger, and the site was beginning to turn blue. I took an antihistamine, and ignored it. By the end of the day, the site was beginning to swell and turn even bluer. It was time to see a doctor.

The doctor said he thought this was a spider bite. I live in South Florida where spiders are quite common, although I had never seen any except for the harmless Daddy Longlegs. He said this bite was probably from a Brown Recluse or a Wolf Spider.

I was very frightened because I had read of the Brown Recluse's bite. Their bite will cause the tissue to become necrotic, and it will do a lot of damage. He explained it my bite appeared to be from a Wolf Spider, and the bite would not be as bad as the Recluse's bite. He gave me a shot of antibiotic to ward off any infection in the bite.

It took almost three weeks for the swelling and bruising to go away on my arm. We called in an exterminator to do a whole house treatment.

I began shaking out all my bed linens before going to sleep each night!

My Spider Bite The First Day After The Bite

This is how the Wolf Spider bite looked on my forearm the day after I was bitten.
This is how the Wolf Spider bite looked on my forearm the day after I was bitten.

I Found A Lump On My Dog's Shoulder


One night when we were playing with Baby, I felt a lump on her left shoulder. She already has a lump on her other shoulder that the Veterinarian has assured me is just a cyst, and not to worry about it. I thought to myself: This is just another lump.

The following morning, Baby did not act like herself. She seemed lethargic, wouldn't eat, drink, or play. It was obvious she was not well. I kept a close watch on her all through the day. Later that same evening, I saw blood on her white hair.

The lump had now swollen and had burst and was bleeding!

This is how the spider bite looked when it first burst.
This is how the spider bite looked when it first burst.

I Took Baby To The Veterinarian That Same Night

I called my Vet at 8PM. He said he would meet us at his Clinic. I knew this would mean an emergency charge, but at this point, I didn't care.

I told the Vet exactly what had transpired with Baby. He used the clippers to shave away the hair so he could take a good look. He looked very perplexed. I told him her bite looked exactly like the one I had, and that my doctor had said mine looked like a Wolf Spider Bite.

My Vet said he had never seen a spider bite on a dog before. He said he would be impossible to know for sure what kind of spider had bitten her unless I had actually seen the spider. Of course, I had not seen whatever had bitten Baby.

He stuck a needle in the middle of the bite, and only bloody serum came out. He first thought he might lance the bite, but then thought better of that treatment. He decided it would be better to treat the bite with an antibiotic injection and an antihistamine. He gave me pills to give her at home and for me to bring her back in two days. I should call him immediately if there was any change in her condition.

Could This Bite Be From A Brown Recluse Spider?

The Vet's main concern was that this could be the bite of a Brown Recluse spider. This would be very serious as the tissue can become necrotic. There was also the possibility of the bite being from a Black Widow spider or a more common spider, the Wolf Spider. We have all three of these kinds of spiders where I live in Florida. Any one of these spiders could cause the reaction Baby has. A lot depended on the weight of the dog. Baby weighs 14 pounds which means it wouldn't take much venom to make her sick.

After A Spider Bites Your Dog


Pet owners don’t often know that their dogs have been bitten by a spider. They may or may not witness their dog experiencing something painful. Once bitten, some dogs may scratch or lick at the bite if it continues to be painful. But, they may also get bitten and go on along their merry way. Initially, some behavioral reaction to the bite itself or licking the site of the bite would be the only indications that a dog’s been bitten. Depending on the situation, the spider may or may not have had a chance to inject any venom, and, again, there’s no way to know if any or how much venom is now in the dog’s bloodstream – because there’s no test.


In a dog that’s going to react to a spider bite, you may not see anything at all for eight to 10 hours. Then, the dog will start showing evidence of severe pain, maybe with a bit of swelling. A dog that cries when touched, doesn’t want to move, isn’t eating or isn’t as active as usual may have been bitten. The dog may also shake and pant. If the dog got sufficient venom, its muscles will start to cramp and the pain can spread to its entire body.


The Main Treatment For A Spider Bite On A Dog

The main treatment is : Antibiotics, steroids. and supportive care for any other complications that develop. My Veterinarian did not want to open the initial wound, but preferred to treat the bite with antibiotics and steroids.

After Two Days, Baby Saw The Vet Again

After two days, Baby was still lethargic. She wouldn't eat or play, and drank very little water. The Vet changed the antibiotic to a more broad spectrum one. She had a slight temperature. All I can do at this point is to watch her can encourage her to drink water and eat. I gave her water with a syringe. I cooked chicken for her, and she did eat a small amount of that.

The Third Day After The Spider Bite

This is how the spider bite looked after three days.
This is how the spider bite looked after three days.

Fifth Day After The Spider Bite

This photo shows the spider bite five days afterwards.
This photo shows the spider bite five days afterwards.

Eighth Day After The Spider Bite

After eight days, the spider bite is finally healing.
After eight days, the spider bite is finally healing.

Three Weeks After The Spider Bite

The spider bite is finally healed!
The spider bite is finally healed!
Baby is now all well and taking walks again
Baby is now all well and taking walks again

The Recovery Time After The Spider Bite

It took Baby a full two weeks for recover from this bite. She remained lethargic for that two weeks. Slowly she began to show signs she was feeling good again. She returned to her usual running and playing. I cannot tell you how glad I was to see her back to her old self. I remain very cautious and afraid of a reoccurring spider bite to me or to Baby.


The Black Widow Spider

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The Black Widow Spider

Black widow spiders are more plentiful in the southern and western U.S., but can be found throughout North America. The red or red-orange hourglass-shaped mark on their black, shiny abdomens makes black widows easy to identify, and they sometime have a bit of red on their backs as well. . Although a black widow leaves an obvious bite mark with two punctures on people, those typically are not easily found on a dog. The hair on the dog makes a bite difficult to see.

The Brown Recluse Spider

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The Brown Recluse Spider

The brown recluse spider is, at its name implies, brown and lives mainly in the Midwest and South. It is sometimes called a “violin spider,” because of the dark shape on its head that resembles a violin or fiddle. Unlike the black widow, the recluse requires pressure against its body to bite. This pressure would be created, for example, if your dog happened to lie down on one, which, is usually how dogs get bitten by any spider.


The Wolf Spider

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The Wolf Spider

The Wolf Spider comes out at night. They have an acute sense of touch. It is thought that the dogs that are bitten by these spiders probably lay on one as the dog sleeps. I believe one of these bit me in my bed and also bit my dog as she slept. Symptoms of their venomous bite include swelling, pain and itching. They don't seem to cause necrotic wounds such as the Brown Recluse spider.

Some researchers believe these spiders also live in grass in lawns.

I May Have To Share My Home With Spiders

I wish I could report the scary spiders have been found and eradicated from my home. After two treatments inside and outside by professional exterminators, I cannot say for certainty the spiders are gone.

I purchased some spider traps and put them all around my apartment. They have a glue board attached. So far, all I have captured are a lot of ants!

My hope is that neither me or my dog, Baby, will be bitten again. If we are bitten again, I think I will be moving out!

An Update On My Dog's Spider Bite

It has been been four weeks since Baby received the Wolf Spider bite. The wound has healed very well; however, I do believe she will be left with a permanent scar.

The hair that was shaved by the Veterinarian has not grown back. I am wondering if it will grow back. She has beautiful white curly hair, but she may have to live with a bald spot!

Oh, well I'm not complaining. At least she is alive and well.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I am glad that you and Baby are both doing well after those spider bites. It is scary to think of what a little bite can do. We do have Wold Spiders around here, and I do have some of those sticky traps that work very well.

      Stay safe!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My goodness that is scary. Thankfully we don't have those spiders here. I'm sorry this happened to you and your dog, Mary. I hope thing improve rapidly.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, colorfulone Yes, this has been a very scary event in my life! Thanks for being the first person to comment on my new Hub!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, there, billlybuc I have a daughter who just moved to Oregon. She tells me all the time I should get out of Florida where we have so many critters that bite folks!

      Thanks for your well wishes; we are all better now.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am so very afraid of spiders, any kind! This is my first to see a spider bite up close, terrible! I certainly hope the exterminators were able to get rid of them all.. I had two baby snakes in my driveway this morning, I didn't kill them , just swept them out in the yard with my broom, I'm scared of them too. I think it must be that time of year when creepy things come out. Yipes!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Ink ow the feeling Mary. Here where I live in Australia we have lots of spiders and other creepy crawlies,luckily neither us humans or our pets have been bitten as far as I know. Years ago my daughter Jody was bitten by a red back spider (your black widow) at school. She had to go to hospital and suffered some paralysis in one leg for a time but nothing serious. I found a six inch centrepiece in the bathroom the other night and quickly relocated that. Glad you and baby have recovered. Voted up.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, always exploring, I was never afraid of spiders until this happened, now I live in fear!! I have a large black snake who live in my yard. I like them because they eat rats. He just startles me when I almost step on him.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Jodah. I've never seen a black widow spider and I hope I won't either! I'm sure that was a scary experience when your daughter was bitten by the spider.

      Yes, we are both fine now, but it was pretty scary for a while. Thanks for reading, commenting and the votes, Mary

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      So sad that this happened to you both, and I am glad you have both recovered. Baby is a cutie pie. Those bites on both of you were nasty. I was bitten this summer by a spider, I believe, on the foot. It was a sharp pain and the area swelled and became very itchy and hard for about a week. It was red and then bruised but nowhere as badly as your wound. I don't know what type caused it.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I am so happy Baby and you are doing well now! How scary. I am terrified of spiders, and we have plenty down here in the deep South.

      This is good information here.

      Up ++ tweeting and pinning

      (((Hugs)))

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, FlourishAnyway Yes, my Baby is a real cutie, I think! When I was bitten, I did not feel a thing. I sleep very soundly but you would think I would have felt it when it bit me. Also, I never heard Baby yelp in pain when she was bitten, either.

      I'm glad your bite was not severe. It would be nice if you knew what spider bit you. Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Faith Reaper. Yes, thank you, we are both fine now, but I have to tell you, I was very worried about Baby. It's so nice to see her back to her old self.

      Thanks so much for the votes, the Tweet and the Pin, I appreciate that, Mary

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      Paula 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Mary, oh my goodness! This is awful. Reading the story was one thing, but seeing the pictures was another thing altogether. I am so glad you are both over your bites. I recall my dog Molly getting bitten on her lip or cheek. I don't know what it was, but she swelled up on her nose and lip area very bad. It looked so pathetic, but wasn't anything like what you went through with your Baby. I hope the spider situation gets better, not worse in the future. Take care Mary.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So horrible; Mary and I have spiders too but I read somewhere here at HubPages that sweeping your walls (sponge mop or cloth wrapped round a broom) with white vinegar kills them and prevents them. I don't know but I have been doing that and am not noticing any. I just do it once a week whether I see any or not! I leave them alone outside but they are not welcome in! Thanks for sharing.

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      Bob Bamberg 2 years ago

      What a terrible couple of episodes, Mary. So glad you and Baby are OK. This is an interesting hub, full of helpful, well-documented information. My thought was that you and Baby must have brushed against, or rolled onto the spiders. I didn't realize that Black Widows would bite unprovoked. Terrific hub...voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Glad to hear you and Baby are better.

      We live in a rural village so getting spiders in the house is inevitable. There is an old wives tale that if you put chestnuts in a room the spiders will avoid it. My daughter tried this and we haven't seen any spiders for a couple of months now. Hope it lasts cause there won't be anymore chestnuts till late August/early September.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, oceansnsunsets, Yes, this has been quite an ordeal, but we are both fine now. Your experience with Molly reminds me of all the times we saw dogs that came into our Vet. clinic with snake bites on their noses. They see a snake and stick their noses right down to sniff the snake!

      So nice to see you, thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Jackie, I never heard of using vinegar to keep the spiders at bay! I use vinegar for general cleaning. I hate the smell, but I'll do anything to prevent another spider bite! I have not caught any spiders in the traps I bought.

      I feel like I am at war with an unseen enemy! My best, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Bob. Yes, I'm thinking we both rolled over onto a Wolf Spider during our sleep. I never felt anything, and Baby did not yelp, either.

      Thanks so much for reading and for the votes, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, phoenix2327 Here in Florida, we have many different pests who invade our homes! I can live with most of them, but NOT spiders! I will certainly buy some chestnuts, thank for that suggestion. I can always roast some of them, too.

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Paula 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Sure thing Mary, and it is so nice to see you also. I feel out of the loop with you, and didn't realize you had moved out of your little house. My job had been keeping me extra crazy busy there for a while, and there was no time for my online sites.

      As for a possible snake bite with Molly, I bet that is what it was! You have the experience of seeing the results of such bites way more than me. She seemed fine and it went away but I did have an appointment for her just in case. It went down, and we never ended up going but I always wondered. Thank you, and so glad you are both ok. I got a bad bite once when putting on a sweater after moving into a new place. It had been in a closet in a box, I was in college actually. I felt it bite my arm and I panicked and reached my hand up into the sweater with large sleeves, and kind of pulled it out and did a "heebie jeebie" dance, even though I wasn't scared of spiders usually, lol. What was I thought no big deal, I had to get medical attention for later for how crazy that bite site changed and looked, red, then lines, then all kinds of stuff. Still, never quite the bruising you got. I bet it all settles down over time, but they just maybe get agitated with a lot of new activity I hope? Talk later Mary, have a great day.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Indeed you can. Why didn't I think of that?

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, again phoenix2327 I forgot to ask: Do you just throw the chestnuts around the house unshelled? I'm going to buy some!!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hello again, oceansnsunsets Yes, I had to give up my beloved house. I could no longer afford to keep it up. I miss it very much. It was home for 30 years. I have adjusted to my tiny apartment OK, though. Just another challenge in life!

      The bruising on my arm is what gave the Dr. the idea it was a Wolf Spider instead of a Brown Recluse. Plus the fact the Wolf is not an aggressive spider, but will bite if touched.

      I hope you have a wonderful day! Mary

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Mary, I was bitten by a brown recluse many years ago. Baby's bite looks similar in size and color; however, my wound didn't have much blood, only necrotic tissue. They put me on an anti-leprosy drug until the main wound healed. I'm curious to know if there is such a treatment for dogs.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Well, there is a majestic chestnut tree on the corner of our street. My daughter picked the ones that had dropped, peeled off the outer, protective layer and placed the chestnuts on her windowsill. They do have a limited effect, though. Her area is fine but my other daughter reported one in her room today, so we're putting some in there as well. She really hates spiders.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      How scary for you and Baby. It is so hard to watch our dogs suffer since they can't tell us how they feel and we love them so much.

      I'm glad things have worked out for both of you and hope the spiders are gone for good. Maybe keeping the ants away will keep the spiders away.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      sheilamyers 2 years ago

      I'm gad you're both okay now. Thanks for sharing the information. I find the occasional spider in my house and have been bitten a couple of time, but none of them have been the dangerous ones. I think what you said about your dog could also apply to cats so, if my cat ever starts acting strange, I'll be sure to look for anything unusual.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Iris. Oh dear, those Brown Recluse spiders give a nasty bite. My doctor didn't think that is what bit me because of the bruising. There may be a treatment for dogs for the Brown Recluse, but I was unable to find out anything about that in my research. You are lucky your tissue didn't get much worse. I saw photos on the internet of those bites and the results!! I'm glad there was treatment for your bite.

      Thanks for reading and for your comment, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi again, phoenix2327 Thanks for coming back with that additional info. We have a market nearby that sells these kinds of produce. So I will peel off the protective layer before I use them. I will let you know the outcome. I will put them ALL over my apartment!

      Thanks again, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, tillsontitan, Oh yes, when our beloved pet is sick or injured, it hurts us, too! I was very worried about Baby, and was so happy when she was well again. Yes, I am hoping that by keeping the ants out will prevent the spiders from coming back.

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting, and for the votes, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, sheilamyers I suppose cats could be bitten by spiders, too, but I would think their hair would protect them somewhat. Baby has pretty long hair, and I would have thought her hair would have kept the spider from biting her. Good thing he didn't bite her on her tummy!!

      Too bad you have a spider problem in your house. I never did before this happened.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Glad you and Baby are both well again, how distressing. As Jodah mentioned we have many spiders and creepie crawlies here in Australia. My sister-in-law had a nasty spider bite three weeks ago and it is still troubling her. I hadn't thought that maybe my dog Nell could be bitten. I will be most careful after reading your advice. Glad you are both ok.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm so glad that Baby has recovered, Mary. She must have had a miserable two weeks. Your wound looks like it was very unpleasant, too! Thanks for sharing the useful information about your experience and about dangerous spiders.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hope it goes well. Maybe you could drill a small hole in some of them and make a decorative mobile or something...hmmm, my mind tends to drift; don't mind me. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, travmaj I am used to seeing many insects here in Florida, but this is the first time I've encountered spiders!! Wonder what kind of spider bit your sister-in-law. It must have been a bad one for it to still be bothering her! I wish I knew of a way of preventing our dogs from these bites.

      Thanks for reading about Baby and me and our spider bite. So nice to see you, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, AliciaC Thank you so much. Yes, I was very worried about my little dog after she was bitten by the spider. My bite didn't make me sick like Baby's bite, though, it just looked pretty bad!

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      That's horrible. I would start packing. I am always running across spiders in mailboxes but have yet to be bitten. One of my co-workers was bitten by a black widow and was out for weeks. Great hub!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Mel Carriere, where in the world can I go to avoid these dangerous spiders? I think they are all over the world!

      If we don't soon rid my apartment of spiders, I'll be looking to move elsewhere!! We have Black Widows here, too, although I have never seen one.

      Thanks for reading and the nice compliment on my Hub about the spider bite on my dog. My best, Mary

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      Paula 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Mary, I hope you grow to like your little apartment more and more over time. I am sure you miss the other, and I love that you documented so much of that house for us to see and share in on HP. I remember it in my mind, the little "tours" you gave and the stories of the house, in pictures. I loved that. Yes, another challenge in life, they seem to keep on coming don't they? I miss some of the homes I had in the past, very much. They are such a special part of our memory though.

      I wouldn't blame you for wanting to move if it can't be corrected from the spiders. Maybe as the seasons change it will get better? I know it doesn't get as cold there though. I did have a good day, so thank you for that! I am starting a new part time job, and it went well. :) Talk soon, take care!

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      Lissa Clason 2 years ago from Raleigh, North Carolina

      I had a terrible experience with wolf spiders last March. A mother wolf spider left her egg sac in my jacket pocket, probably in the very dusty chorus classroom, and the babies hatched without warning while I was walking to my next class. They were crawling all over me and it felt like a scene straight from a horror movie. I was black and blue all over from the bites, and became swollen like a hot air balloon for about a month. I've got a few scars left from the really bad bites. I'm sorry that you and Baby were bitten, it's very unpleasant and painful. I'm glad that you two are okay now.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi there, oceansnsunsets Oh, how nice that you remembered my Hubs about my old house! Those "tours" are still here. I had a lot of blood, sweat and tears in that old house, but it was time to let it go.

      My grandchildren still cry over the loss of the house, because they spent so many happy hours there.

      I like my little apartment, I just have to get rid of the spiders somehow! I don't want to share my space with them. I wish you well with your new job; I hope you will enjoy it. Bye for now, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Lissa Clason. What a horrible experience to be bitten multiple times by a Wolf Spider!! I can't imagine. Just the one bite was bad enough for me. I can just see in my imagination how bruised you must have been. I'll bet you shake out your jacket like I shake out my bed linens!

      Yes, thank you, Baby and I are both fine now, Mary

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow Mary! What a scary experience for you as well as your precious dog Baby. I am glad you have both recovered. Sharing this information with others. Hope neither one of you is ever bitten again!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Peggy W Yes, this was a very scary experience being bitten by the Wolf Spider! At least that is the spider the Drs. suspected. We are both recovered now, but I live in fear that we may be bitten again!

      Thanks so much for reading, commenting, and sharing with others. My best to you, Mary

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      I am glad you are both recovering now from those awful spider bites. good idea to put traps down, but it must be awful to think you may be bitten in the night again. Just make sure your bed is well away from the wall, in fact the further into the room the better, don't let the bedclothes hang down to the floor, and give a quick check before getting in as you said, horrible things spiders!

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      I have never liked spiders, Mary, and now after this devastating experience for both you and Baby, I like them even less. So sorry that you both suffered so much from this poisonous spider bite and hope it NEVER recurs.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Nell, I wish I could say I have caught some spiders in those traps, but I have not! I just keep catching ants, but since the spiders feed on the ants, I guess that's a good thing.

      Yes, I'm very careful now with the bed linens.

      Wonder if you have these pesky spiders where you live? I hope not.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi , drbj. How nice to see you!! I've never been exactly fond of spiders; I just left them alone, but now I am very afraid of the Wolf Spider!!

      I live in fear that we will get another bite from one of these spiders.

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      We have normal house spiders, they are horrible but they don't bite, but we do have something called a false widow, which does bite, but has only recently been discovered, yuck!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      When we first moved to Florida, I killled a Daddy Long Legs spider and Hubby had a fit! He told me never to kill one of those as they ate harmful bugs and other spiders. I guess he was a "normal" house spiders! I don't like any of them!!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Those wolf spiders are so big! Living here in the south, one must be cautious and look out for these spiders. I hope you are rid of them and never experience a bite again, Mary.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      I saw this post a few days ago but waited to read it so I wouldn't rush. Thank you for posting this important information along with the photos and video. Making sure to add this to my pet board and sharing it as well. Glad you two are doing better.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, teaches12345 You know, I have lived here in FL. since 1965, and I've seen all kinds of poisonous snakes, scorpions, etc. but this was my first encounter with a spider bite!

      I'm not sure I am rid of them to tell you the truth. I can only hope!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi favored, Thank so much for reading about my experience with a spider bite. Although it seems to be rare for a dog to be bitten by a Wolf spider because of their hair, it can really happen. What a scary experience!

      Thanks for sharing so other pet owners may be aware.

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      Vicki L Hodges 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'm so glad you both are better. Poor Baby. I would be so scared for my dog. And for you, too! The pictures really show how awful the bite were!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Yes, I was really worried about Baby! I just hope it never happens again to either of us! I still live in fear of these spiders.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      These photos look scary. Just to think of what those spiders can do to one is frightening. I am glad you wrote about it. I know more from your experience. Hope all is well now?

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, DDE, this was really a scary experience for me and Baby. I just hope we are never bitten again!

      Wonder if you have spiders in Croatia? They are very common here in Florida.

      Yes, we are fine now, although I think Baby will have a permanent scar. The hair is not growing back (yet). My best, Mary

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      so next time when i see a spider, regardless of type, should i use my sandles and smack them to death?

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, peachpurple. Yep! Whenever I see a spider now, I don't try to find out if it is poisonous or not. I smack him! I never want to go through this experience again!

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      Linda Soaring Eagle Sarhan 2 years ago

      *cringes* I do not like spiders at all, but those wolf spiders have a special kind of attitude. I am glad that your dog is better.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi, LindaSarhan I still am on guard at all times! I shake out my bed linens before going to bed at night, and I am on the lookout all the time for spider webs in my apartment!

      Baby's hair is finally growing back, but it looks like the hair will be straight instead of curly. Isn't that strange? Oh, well, at least she isn't bald from the bite. Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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      stella vadakin 12 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi, I wanted to read this on the spiders as we have a new spider it has a bright green on it. I have been bit two times, and it leaves a black and blue mark. I had the house exterminated and so far so good. I am glad you are fine. Watch out for the new green and black spiders, people think they were brought to Fl. and mixed with our Fl. spiders.

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      Michelle Bradley 2 weeks ago

      Spiders perform a useful task in our ecosystem. They keep flies and disease carrying mosquitoes down. Usually they are shy unless provoked or protecting eggs. I think we should be able to live together harmoniously. F I find a poisonous spider in my house I remove it to the outside where it can hunt prey. Live and let live. The same goes for snakes ;-)

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