| Brown Recluse |
courtesy CDC/Harold G. Scott
| Black Widow courtesy CDC|
Spider webs are as much a part of Halloween décor as carved pumpkins and witches' hats. And it makes sense because arachnids really do get busy in autumn. It's their mating season.
Texas has nearly 900 spider species, but only two are seriously poisonous to humans: brown recluse and black widow. You'll enjoy your Halloween activities more if you know what to do when you encounter creatures that bite or sting, like spiders, snakes, scorpions and centipedes.Bottom line: If you're bitten by a venomous creature, seek medical help immediately.
UNT Health Science Center experts offer this advice:
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