The Brown Recluse is Often Wrongly Accused
Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Many stories abound of people who have gotten horrific wounds from the bite of a brown recluse spider. In South Carolina, doctors reported 738 brown recluse spider bites but in the entire history of record keeping, only 44 true brown recluse spiders have been found. A Georgia researcher, Nancy Hinkle, thinks most of the wounds attributed to brown recluse spider bites were MRSA, necrotizing bacteria, or the result of another wound infection. Actually, only ten percent of brown recluse spider bites result in a wound that needs medical attention. The treatment varies greatly so it is important that we encourage medical professionals and the general public to not immediately think “Brown Recluse Spider Bite” when a puzzling infection occurs. They spiders are native to only seven states, Arkansas and Missouri having the largest population.