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Brown Widow Spider invades Northeast LA

Even though I'm not a fan of them up close, Off-Ramp loves to talk a lot about bugs. Last week the Eastsider LA gave us word that the intimidating looking Brown Widow spider (pictured above, courtesy UC Riverside) is popping up in places like Montecito Heights and Debs Park. Just last night I saw one near my front yard. Kinda scary!

Like the black widow, the brown widow prefers small, dark spaces. One man was bitten by a spider trapped in his sock--so check your shoes, if you're feeling cautious. But this might actually be good news for arachnophobes like me. The Eastsider writes:

    Some studies have shown that brown widow venom may be as toxic as that of a black widow. But a brown widow bite may not be as dangerous “because the brown widow does not have or cannot inject as much venom” as a Black Widow, according to The Center for Invasive Species Research at UC Riverside.

And if the brown widow displaces it's black cousin, that's a good thing for everyone involved right?

Except the black widow, of course.

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