Eric J Korpela
korpela at ssl.berkeley.edu
Sun Jun 8 22:13:52 CDT 2008
On Sun, Jun 8, 2008 at 1:07 PM, <tiggerlasv at aim.com> wrote:
>> Thank your lucky stars that you didn't suffer the fate of one of our
>> customers several years ago. He'd pulled out his Zorba from storage,
>> opened the door of the A: drive and was bitten by several irritated
>> brown recluse spiders that had decided to call his luggable "home".
> Kind of odd that he was bitten by "several" spiders,
> merely by opening a disk drive door. Recluses aren't
> at all aggressive, and generally don't go out of their way to attack.
> It seems highly unsual that they would "charge out in numbers",
> and bite. But, anything is possible.
> Did they manage to salvage his hand?
> (See link showing pictures of what a SINGLE bite will do.
> Note: These pictures are VERY graphic.)
I didn't see the initial post on this one, but I would also be
surprised because recluses do tend to be very reclusive. The natural
response to opening a disk drive door would be for them to go deeper
into the machine. You're far more likely to get a brown recluse bite
from somewhere where escape is more difficult. I understand sock
drawers are a good place to get bitten when you get home from
I also didn't see the locale on this one which does make a big
difference. No effect from the bites isn't a big issue because
estimates are that about 85% of brown recluse bites go unnoticed.
Necrosis is a fairly rare side effect of brown recluse bites. It's
hard to pin those numbers down because in many parts of the country
any unexplained necrosis is automatically ascribed to brown recluse
bites (including parts of the country where brown recluses have never
You'd be surprised how many claims there are of brown recluse
sightings in California. Despite rumors to the contrary there is no
evidence of breeding populations of brown recluses in California. Of
course if you stack a crate of fresh Georgia peaches on one of your
machines, any spiders present could take up residence. However the
native spiders are pretty well equipped to outcompete similar
non-native species. Many CA sightings are of desert recluse, but most
are just another random species of spider that happens to be brown.
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