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Steatoda
(False Widows)

Picture ID 12186

Picture of Steatoda (False Widows) - Dorsal

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Taken outside of Philadelphia PA in the suburbs. Home typically has Wolf Spiders but this one is very different.

I suffered from an elbow wound that looked similar to a false widow bite two years prior and was placed in ER. Recently new wound formed on my thigh and just found this in the bedroom.

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ItsyBitsy

Hi, this does look like it’s likely a False Widow (Steatoda sp.). Not entirely certain which from this image. They usually keep to themselves. Spider bites typically can not be diagnosed from the wound alone, you need to see the spider that bit you. Too many other medical conditions look the same. You can reduce the number of spiders you find in your home by sealing cracks arouond floors, doors, windows, foundation etc., vacuum everywhere and empty the canister outside.

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