Common New England Spider May Be Venomous Common New England Spider May Be Venomous

Wandering around the windowsills and kitchen floors of New England is a common spider with a surprisingly nasty bite. In a new report, scientists identified the broad-faced sac spider – a frequent intruder in New England homes in the autumn – as the culprit in a recent envenomation of a woman in Connecticut.

This news might come as a surprise to New Englanders who didn’t think this local spider’s bite had any effect on humans. However, Yankees shouldn’t be too alarmed. The 50-year-old woman who sustained the spider bite didn’t suffer any  serious side effects, according to the case study, published in September in the Journal of Medical Entomology.

The victim was reportedly standing in her kitchen, when she felt pain in her leg. She later described the bite as feeling “like the sting of a wasp,” said Charles Vossbrinck, one of the co-authors of the report and a scientist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, a part of the state’s Department of Environmental Sciences, in New Haven. The site of the bite became red and slightly swollen almost immediately. But by the following day, the swelling around the bite had gone down, and the woman didn’t require medical attention.

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