The Violin Spider

The Violin Spider, which owes its name to a visible stain on its back reminiscent of the shape of the musical instrument, is not at all aggressive, on the contrary, its mild temperament, if frightened it tends to hide from man.

In these days there has been a lot of talk about the Violin Spider (Loxosceles Rufescens), a kind of arachnids common in the Mediterranean area, but also widespread in Italy, for an episode of chronicle that saw an officer of the municipal police of Terni.

The Violin Spider, which owes its name to a visible stain on its back reminiscent of the shape of the musical instrument, is not at all aggressive, on the contrary, with a mild temperament, if frightened it tends to hide from man.

Like many species of spiders, it does not like the light and therefore usually moves at night. When it settles in houses it can take refuge in shoes, clothes, sheets, behind furniture and sofas.

Although not aggressive, it is still a poisonous spider that, if it feels threatened, does not hesitate to attack, biting even the man.

In the unlikely, but always possible case that the Violin Spider bites us, it is necessary to wash the wound thoroughly with plenty of water and neutral soap, put ice on the attached part and immediately go to the nearest emergency room. If possible, it would be important to catch the spider responsible for the bite so that it can be identified by competent personnel.

However, the Violin Spider is not able to bite through clothing, so a preliminary protection in case of fear of its presence is certainly the use of gloves and long-sleeved clothing.

The bite of the Violin Spider is absolutely not to be underestimated, the most common symptoms are erythema and injury that can cause in some cases even serious complications, such as those reported in the news these days. Never forget that an untreated or neglected bite can lead to symptoms of general malaise, tissue necrosis and in very serious cases even coma and death.

The first case of death from a Violin Spider bite in Europe occurred in Calabria in November 2015.

If the presence of the Violin Spider is found in the house, it is necessary to intervene promptly with professional methods and equipment, as the spider is able to reproduce inside the house giving rise to new specimens.

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