Black Widow and Brown Recluse Spider Bite
Treatment of spider bites depends heavily on what kind of spider bit the patient. Black widow and brown recluse spider venom has very different effects, and both species have specific, identifying characteristics.
Below are some tips on how to identify each species:
- Black widow spiders (Latrodectus mactans) may be black or brown with a leg span of approximately one to two inches. They usually have a red hourglass marking on the abdomen.
- Brown recluse spiders (Loxosceles reclusa) are brown with a 1-inch leg span. Many have a violin-shaped marking on the chest.
- Both black widow and brown recluse spiders are common in North America and throughout the world