Arachnaphobia. It's the fear of spiders. We're showing you one spider that's pretty nasty. It's called L. Reclusa. It lives in dark, hidden away places, is often active at night, especially this time of year, and its bite is particularly dangerous for children. This is one ugly spider.
11-year-old Josh Haynes got out of the shower two days ago and felt a sting on his hip. There is a tiny chance that he'll have kidney damage, and he could become anemic. This is our villain, the brown recluse spider. A small, un-aggressive spider that some call a fiddle-back. Its bite is serious but very seldom fatal. Symptoms are a low fever, nausea, possible joint pain, and at first, a red area surrounding the bite. Treatment is a cold compress, pain killers, plenty of liquids, and parents watching out for eyes that turn yellow and urine that turns dark.
The brown recluse spider generally lives up to its name: it is shy, and likes to hide in attics, closets that are seldom used, wood piles and storage sheds.