Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Now exterminators are saying we should "just be aware" that black widow spiders have invaded New York City. With that in mind, here are a few helpful black widow facts for Brooklynites:
- The toxin of a black widow bite is about 15 times more venomous than that of a rattlesnake. Children and the elderly are more seriously affected, up to and including death.
- If you see the red markings on their bellies you're too close.
- Anti-venom may be necessary. Call 9-1-1 and tell them in advance so they can rustle some up. (Warning, some people react to the anti-venom.)
- If you see a large white egg, a black widow spider is likely nearby.
- All that scrap wood you picked up off the street and dragged home? That's how you got black widow spiders.
- A guy known as "The Bug Man" in Pennsylvania says you can spray them with hairspray to stop them in their tracks.
- If you're bitten 19 times you will probably die.
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