Identification of harmful and non-harmful spiders in central Ohio
It is my goal to identify the very few actual dangerous spiders in central Ohio, and to dispel all rumors concerning those that are not. I would like to start out by saying that any spider can be dangerous if an allergy is present, and that simply because you have a spider which you believe to dangerous does not make it so. Spiders should be treated with respect and care, and should not be handled without proper identification. I recently received a bite from a spider (the species of which is still unknown) and while it turned red and throbbed for several days, did not harm me. In central Ohio, only the Brown Recluse and the female Black Widow spider are dangerous. In your descriptions, please include detailed pictures and information about both venomous and nonvenomous spiders.
Contributed by Irtemed on 16 March, 2010 - 11:24am
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