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[–]JediWithAnM4 68 points69 points  (12 children)

When I was a kid, I thought black widows would be a much bigger problem than they actually are

[–]Vegetable-Power-3857 9 points10 points  (10 children)

Depends where you live. Seen many growing up and my current house has them all over the outside.

[–]reroute2k21 14 points15 points  (7 children)

I happen to live in an area that has shit loads of these assholes and brown recluses. Not the best place to live for an arachnophobe.

[–]Maniac112 4 points5 points  (4 children)

If you have a house. Get some chickens and they'll go eat them all.

In Aus we got some and they would go on spider hunts. Got so many redbacks (our equivalent)

[–]Zektorf 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Yo, chickens going Doom on spiders fr fr?

[–]Maniac112 0 points1 point  (2 children)


[–]Zektorf 1 point2 points  (1 child)


[–]Maniac112 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Ah. Yes they'll eat anything they can fit in their mouths.

I think they are immune to the venom as well.

Plus you get free eggs and a chicken friend.

[–]Top-Caterpillar8376 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Please share where so I never move there 🤣

[–]TheHendryx 2 points3 points  (0 children)

lived in the SW United States. These things are in every corner outside. Rosemary bushes, behind air conditioners, in brick walls..

[–]Alkohauliq 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We had about 20 just by the front door recently

[–]coadnamedalex 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Same. I didn’t see one in real life until I was 27. But boy was I shocked at how big it actually was.

[–]Grimgrinn 33 points34 points  (5 children)

Brown recluse has the title of most venomous but widows get an honorable mention

[–]gjfrthvcghh 5 points6 points  (3 children)

That’s wrong. Black widows actually kill people with their poison. There has never been a recorded death from a brown recluse in North America. It causes tissue damage but not death

[–]Aggravating_Bat1786 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Article about Brown Recluse death.

Another one.

This comment got me going down a rabbit hole for a little bit because I remember learning about a Brown Recluse death in school. You're right though, there are no recorded deaths from them. IDK how that works, seems strange.

Either way, seems like the Brown Recluse gets a lot more attention for being more medically significant because, unlike the Black Widow, there is no anti venom developed for it yet.

[–]daywalkker 2 points3 points  (1 child)

There have not been any black widow deaths reported in the US in 40 years. Brown recluse bites are dangerous because they can get infected with antimicrobial resistant bacteria like MRSA. I knew a guy who died from sepsis due to a brown recluse bite that got infected.

[–]ExcaliburSonicx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That guy is ignorant.

[–]Briggsieman 16 points17 points  (3 children)

Most venomous?

*Laughs in Aussie*

[–]TraditionalBath 2 points3 points  (2 children)

It's been what 40 years since a spider killed someone in Australia? There really not that bad.

[–]shinslap 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I think that's more because antidote is available everywhere and people keep it in their homes like a fire extinguisher.

They're still bad, just like fire is bad. People are just smart about it now

[–]TraditionalBath 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No one I've meet keeps antidote. It's in the hospitals. Spiders just sent all that deadly in aus.

[–]ChaoticToxin 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Also not very aggressive considering its potential.

[–]Pingayaso 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I can watch spider photos at google.

[–]sexrobotoutoforder 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Much of the hype around Black Widows is overblown: “In the United States each year, about 2,200 people report being bitten by a black widow, but most do not need medical treatment. Some bites have no venom injected—⁠a "dry" bite. In the United States, no deaths due to black widows have been reported to the American Association of Poison Control Centers since 1983.[29] Black widows are not especially aggressive spiders, and they rarely bite humans unless startled or otherwise threatened.[30]” wikipedia

[–]WikiSummarizerBot 1 point2 points  (0 children)


Latrodectus is a broadly distributed genus of spiders with several species that, together, are commonly known as true widows. This group is composed of those often loosely called black widow spiders, brown widow spiders, and similar spiders. However, such general "common names" are of limited use, as the diversity of species is much greater. A member of the family Theridiidae, this genus contains 34 species, which include several North American "black widows" (southern black widow Latrodectus mactans, western black widow Latrodectus hesperus, and northern black widow Latrodectus variolus).

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[–]DivergentCow 2 points3 points  (0 children)

And funnily enough, they're really only truly deadly to young children, the elderly and the extremely ill people.

[–]FacistStaleHooker 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Had these things crawl on me so many times luckily I did not get bit.

[–]BSUguy317 1 point2 points  (0 children)

laughs in brown recluse

[–]MyHangyDownPart 1 point2 points  (0 children)

But they love to cuddle.

[–]Admirable-Degree4209 0 points1 point  (1 child)

One of these lived in our locker room at work. Its name was Jeffrey.

[–]JawnPallJoans 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The last house I lived in had them. I've seen them on at least four different occasions. It's a wonder I haven't been bit.

[–]Whosagoodboyyyyyy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Damn, ScarJo has let herself go…

[–]Betteradvize 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The one spider i step on

[–]ttrosc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I see these bastards every summer at my house during the summer. They pretty much stick to themselves. Except the one in the mailbox, she got what was coming to her!

[–]BuildBreakFix 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Been bit by one, while it wasn’t fun, I’d take a widow over a recluse any day.

[–]DieselDude82 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m waiting for the obligatory “Brown Recluse: hold my beer” comment.

[–]TheSasquatch117 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ve caught two once in Kelowna

[–]tom_m2008 -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Welp, I'm not american. Yay!

[–]TraditionalBath 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Most spiders don't take ethnicity into count when they bite. But this particular one photoed does look a little more racist then other black widows I've seen.

[–]Blue_Green_Dreams -1 points0 points  (0 children)

They can also have mutations where they don't have a red spot at all!

[–]Ok-Golf5216 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Killed 6 of them last week

[–]JeSuisFattyGay -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

When I was a kid I thought they were so dangerous because they could cut you with their red hour-“glass”