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Black widow spiders in Va.

Postby adawg » Tue Sep 01, 2015 5:27 pm

Just a heads up here . Down at Contrary we have a healthy population of black widows . Many times while chucking rocks, I found them, not to
mention copperheads .. Probably true on many creeks around here as well .
Anyway, I was carrying a back pack at the maintenance event, and laid it down on the bank while panning .. Well, I brought home a critter .
I was digging around in the pack when I got home, when I felt a slight sting . Not bad, just unusual . Pulled out my hand, but didn't see
anything unusual . Didn't think much more about it ..
Later, my finger started to swell . Yesterday, it was turning black, and I was running a fever, and having chest pains .
Today it was just nasty .. I won't even post pictures of it .
Dr. says a spider bite . But not sure what kind .
I don't know either, but it came home with me in the pack . I suspect a widow . But ...
A black widow's venom is a neurotoxin (spelling?), and I did not experience any affects like is described for that venom . Other than fever and chest pains .. Dunno ..
But my point here, is be careful when leaving your gear on the ground .. Never know when you will get a hitch hiker . And you don't want this one !
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Re: Black widow spiders in Va.

Postby Darth Placer » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:29 pm

Hope you get well soon Adawg. I got to see one of the copperheads at the cleanup ... first time I saw any snake there... with the exception of the day before swimming through the water. Was a bit lighter colored.. and had dark bands running left to right down its back.

Didn't know there are Black Widow spiders there.. thought that was an out west thing.
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Re: Black widow spiders in Va.

Postby Gold Seeker » Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:31 pm

Dang Adawg, hope it heals fast!
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Re: Black widow spiders in Va.

Postby l1ranger » Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:57 am

i hate spiders, and what happened to you is the very reason. sneaky little critters could be anywhere at anytime
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Re: Black widow spiders in Va.

Postby Chuck » Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:10 am

Man! Hope you're ok. Spiders! I've had a thing with spiders since I was bitten by one when I was a kid in SC. I've seen plenty of copperheads and black widows at CC, usually when I was too close for comfort....
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Re: Black widow spiders in Va.

Postby sdbridges3 » Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:44 am

I know we killed a copperhead on the last maintenance day. I had to kill another baby copperhead on the ATV trail this past Sunday. About 6 - 8 inches long.
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Re: Black widow spiders in Va.

Postby ruffandtuff » Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:05 pm

Mr. Adawg, praying for a speedy recovery! Thanks, RuffandTuff.
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Re: Black widow spiders in Va.

Postby Buckets » Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:18 pm

I hope it is better now. Sometimes I put my backpack in a trash bag and tie it shut before I lay it down.
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Re: Black widow spiders in Va.

Postby adawg » Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:04 pm

Good idea there Buckets ..
I will just spray my pack with lead arsenic before I hit the creek next time ! :lol: Just kidding ! :lol:
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Re: Black widow spiders in Va.

Postby rock_bustin » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:12 pm

The only person I've known personally that was bitten by a Black Widow
was hit in Arizona while asleep in bed. He was bitten on the stomach and
his entire abdomen went rigid like a body builder with a big six-pack.
(he was slim, not obese by the way). He was very sick and had a LOT of
pain as well. Don't remember if he was given anything nor if the spider
was recovered. His symptoms led to the diagnosis.

My sincerest best to you, sir. That site is now subject to infection and that
could lead to Sepsis, what used to be called, "blood-poisoning." PLEASE !
Keep it clean and keep yourself safe. I never saw Black Widows at CC &
the Black Snakes used to keep a lot of the Copperheads away - or so I
thought. Perhaps the native animal populations have shifted in some way.
Maybe it got cleaned up too well ?!?

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Re: Black widow spiders in Va.

Postby ezieg » Thu Sep 03, 2015 7:33 am

Adawg, hope you get better soon. That's super freaky about the spider bite. I had always assumed, obviously incorrectly, that spiders had better things to do then climb into a backpack.
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Re: Black widow spiders in Va.

Postby ece3k » Thu Sep 03, 2015 4:00 pm

Adawg,
Sorry to hear about your hand. I'll pray for you. I almost grabbed a nasty black widow under the lip of my horses' water tank a month ago when I went to clean it and another under my garbage can that I wheel down to the road. I have found them under my well cap also....they seem to like moist places. I am not sure why there seems like more this year. I even saw my first brown recluse this year. Thanks for the warning.
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Re: Black widow spiders in Va.

Postby adawg » Thu Sep 03, 2015 4:25 pm

Well again, nobody has made a positive ID of the spider bite . Not me or the Dr. . My Dr. said if he was to make an educated guess, he would say
it was probably a widow .
But here is a shot of another 'for sure' widow that I found with my prospecting gear a couple of years ago . Again, I had been on CC, and had put my pack on top of the cooler when I got home .
Another time, when over at Shack's house, I found a widow on a sluice box that had been at CC .. Starting to see a pattern here ?
Just saying, there are black widows at CC .. Lots of them . Be careful .. They can mess you up !
My bite turned black, swollen to the size of a primer bulb on a chain saw, then ruptured, and drained . Much better today .
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Re: Black widow spiders in Va.

Postby adawg » Fri Sep 04, 2015 5:54 pm

Not done yet .. Had to stop in at the ER this am .. Was sure I was having a heart attack .. Not so, but scary .
Gets better, then worse .. Just a nasty bite, whatever it is ......
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Re: Black widow spiders in Va.

Postby goldgit'r » Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:33 pm

I had a buddy years ago in Florida that was bitten by a caterpillar and he went thru much of the same thing you are experiencing, who knows!
I hope you get better soon.

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