Spiders (see photos below)

Spiders have been the subject of negative publicity for years. Their secretive nature, way of moving, and predatory nature make them common villains in folklore and popular media. Fear of a few highly venomous spiders, such as black widow and brown recluse spiders, has expanded to include all spiders. Fortunately, black widows and brown recluse spiders are not native to Maine. Spiders can be considered to be beneficial when they feed on household and garden insect pests. It is unfortunate that many incidents of unknown skin irritation are attributed to spider bites.

Note: People have varying sensitivity to spider bites. In rare cases, some individuals with highly sensitive or weakened immune systems may have a significant to severe reaction to a bite from an otherwise harmless spider, and there are many spiders that people mistakenly suspect to be the Brown Recluse. Misdiagnoses are thus very common. (See also University of California Riverside’s Causes of Necrotic Wounds other than Brown Recluse Spider Bites)


Photos of Some Spiders (plus a “Spider Beetle”) Found in Maine:

One can find additional spider images at BugGuide.net