Arachnophobia? How to Avoid Brown Recluse Bites: book review by Steven Anthony

Welcome to this blog’s (da-AL’s) 2nd guest post…

For anyone interested in getting their brain soaked with spider knowledge, this is an excellent book that is easy to follow. Author Thomas Martincic began offering Brown Recluse First Aid Kits after becoming a bite victim to the notorious Brown Recluse spider.

This spider receives a reputation for its bite to be a deadly pack of venom and then eventual skin breakdown that might require amputation. Though the relationship between human and Brown Recluse is sour, it lands itself with the Black Widow as one of the top ten most dangerous spiders in the world.

Martincic keys in on other important aspects of the spider including where it is located and what it looks like in order to be positively identified. Brown Recluses are typically found in the south to the Midwest of the United States. This includes but not limited to Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Alabama, Texas, and Louisiana. They are typically a little larger than a quarter and have a distinct violin shape on their body.

Martincic even elaborates on steps you can take to prevent yourself from becoming a victim to the Brown Recluse. Glue traps have been proven by researchers to be an effective way to combat these spiders. Setting them in various areas where they are more likely to appear at night including the kitchen, living room and basement will increase the likelihood of getting them out of your house.

A truly dangerous spider is indeed scary to a lot of people. However, proper care and planning is the key to preventing a human spider bite. You will not be disappointed if you are a curious-minded individual.

Steven Anthony’s blog showcases his photography.

11 thoughts on “Arachnophobia? How to Avoid Brown Recluse Bites: book review by Steven Anthony”

  1. I used to live in Illinois where the recluse was called the Fiddler, well, by my mother at least. This was one of the few things I could see held respect in my mother’s eyes. She always said, “not to kill the spiders, for they would serve their purpose to kill the other bugs and insects, esp flies, which she was repulsed by. Those spiders. Are reclusive though, so you’d be almost lucky to see one.
    Here in AZ they are called, the Arizona Brown.

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      1. Yes, but this spider was/is “reclusive,” and it was a bit elusive as well. We’d hope to catch a safe glimpse of one, from afar…but I don’t really ever recall seeing one until one until one fell out of an outfit that I had just bought, at a thrift store while visiting my father in Florida as an adult.
        There were so many other spiders in Illinois that were not poisonous, and so much more flamboyant, like the banana spider, whose webs, covered in morning dew sparkled like diamonds, spread across the fields. They were decorated with mysterious mosaics, and of course, each time you saw one, thought of Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web. ♡

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  2. It sounds like an interesting book. I find spiders fascinating in a creepy kind of way. Although I’m not scared of spiders, I do have a healthy respect for them. I’m much happier reading about one than I ever would be holding one. 🙂

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    1. Much agree – tho hairy large ones, kinds with violins on their stomach, poisonous ones are indeed creepy-awful. Would never want to find one in bed or in my shoes.

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