JONESBORO, Ark. - Spiders have infested a county jail in northeast Arkansas, biting at least 15 inmates and confounding the exterminator.
The main offender appears to be the brown recluse spider
, up to three-quarters of an inch long with long, skinny legs and a violin-shaped mark on its head.
Inmate Tim Steele, 26, showed off his lower left leg
[graphic photo] Friday, inflamed and red from a bite. A brown recluse's bite can cause a rash, swelling and flu-like symptoms and, in rare cases, can cause kidney failure, seizures and even coma, according to the National Institutes of Health.
"We're doing the best we can to get rid of (the spiders)," Sheriff Jack McCann said.
Read the rest of the story
UUGGG....I hate spiders. I know several people who have been bitten by the brown recluse; my brother was bitten on one of his feet several years ago. He didn't have any major complications, but the mother of one of my co-workers was bitten a couple of years ago and lost a leg. The venom of this spider actually digests the flesh around the bite, and then it gets infected. The south is infested with these little buggers- which is why I have the pest control service come to my house regularly.