5 Spiders in Your Yard That Can Kill You

Though they’re not always pretty, the vast majority of spider species you might run across are not only harmless but actively helpful as they prey on insects that may damage your yard plants. However, there are a few species of spiders that you’ll want to keep clear of if you find them in your yard and seek treatment immediately if one of them bites. Read on to find out more about what they are, and how to identify them.

1. Brown Recluse

We thought we’d start with one of the most deadly spiders; The Brown Recluse. This mid-brown spider is most common in the south and can grow to over an inch in length. They are also known by another name–Fiddleback–as they have the shape of a violin on the back of their body with the tip pointing towards their abdomen. The venom of the Brown Recluse is necrotizing, which means it causes tissue death in the areas affected by the spider bite.

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4 thoughts on “5 Spiders in Your Yard That Can Kill You”

  1. My kids once told the neighborhood kids that their mother could kill Jason (Friday 13th) with a wooden spoon. They also thought it was hilarious that when I was watching programs about spiders I’d inevitably pull my feet up on the couch so they weren’t ‘spider level’ and yes I know those little suckers can climb anything. I won’t kill them – but I do want them out of my house.

  2. I was bitten by a brown recluse a little over 4 years ago and almost didn’t live to tell the tale – the bite was bad, wouldn’t heal, and then it got infected causing complications that landed me in ICU for three weeks. Please continue to spread the word that brown recluse spiders are NOT found only in the southwest. My bite happened in central Pennsylvania, and the spider that bit was was tiny – less 3/8 of an inch including the legs.

  3. I got bit by a brown recluse while stationed in Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. I got bit on the inside portion of my left leg about mid calf. While I was sleeping, I think. I never even knew that I had been bitten. At first I didn’t think it was anything serious enough to get it medically checked out. It started out as just a small red spot. But, over the course of about 2 weeks, it began to develop into an actual hole in my leg. I finally went to get it looked at and was told that it was a brown recluse bite. They did emergency surgery and cut it out of my leg. They took approximately a 2 inch round plug out of my leg. I was told that if I had waited a couple of more days I could have lost my leg from the knee down. Luckily all I have is a scar to show off. Don’t mess around with a brown recluse bite. It really can cause serious damage or it can kill you if you are bit in the wrong place. Or if you don’t get it checked out.

  4. i have caught a large black widow that lived in my metal garbage can that was left at my shooting range, this spider was ferocious and had two hour glasses one on top and bottom, I showed this beast to my neighbors they screamed and said kill it- kill it i did the other thing and turned it loose.


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