The Surprising Cause of Most ‘Spider Bites’
by Douglas Main
If the thought of spiders makes your skin crawl, you might find it reassuring that the chances of being bitten by a spider are smaller than you imagine, recent research shows.
Most so-called “spider bites” are not actually spider bites, according to researchers and several recent studies. Instead, “spider bites” are more likely to be bites or stings from other arthropods such as fleas, skin reactions to chemicals or infections, said Chris Buddle, an arachnologist at McGill University in Montreal.
"I’ve been handling spiders for almost 20 years, and I’ve never been bitten," Buddle told LiveScience. "You really have to work to get bitten by a spider, because they don’t want to bite you.”…
(read more: Live Science)
photo: funnel-web wolf spider, Sosippus californicus, © AMNH\R. Mickens