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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE LETHBHIDGE HERALD Tuesday, OCIODer 9, 1873 Black widow spider common but bite reactions rare By JIM GRANT Herald Staff riter She stands under an meli .nul weighs loss 'han an ounce but she packs a wallop that diiild drop the biggest ol men in then knees SNC h is the power and the reputation ol the black wido.i spider that spins its uob in Southern loitunatelv lot lethbndge mil distru t residents Ms I aliodec tus Mac tans better known as the black widow is sin and timid toward humans and will only bid il hoi web is lolenth dis- united she senses a tight loi No deaths and onh a lew ases ol leaction I torn ,i suspected black widow spider bite have been reported in anada The Let hbiidge and Mimic ipal hospital ilepai tmenls aie not aware ol recent black widow spider victims and one local doctor admitted Mondav that he would have to i un to the medic al books d he had to tie it ,i pei son bitten bv a spidei II be uire lor black widow spider to bile a Southern but it is not i are tor the black widow to be lound in this end ol the piovmce I'he black widow is quite common especiallv IP Tast Lethbndgo savs Phil Mlakelv mloi matron oltieer with the Lothbridge leseaich station lie savs he went into one old dirt basement under a Mouse and spotted hundreds (it black widow spiders pamphlet distributed bv the research station savs the black w idow s ai e most common mcountrv districts but ar e olten lound on the out- skir Is ol towns and in new sub divisions I lie blac k widows are most olten seen at this time of the veal when thev move1 into buildings loi winter shelter and Ihev like- to get into u ir m bedding 01 into c lolhmu removed lor the nighl the pamphlet states Outdoor bathiooms aie one ol the most popular locations lor i lie black widow to spin hei web I he blac k widow s bite in n Canada isn I as poisonous as that ol its counteipail in certain areas ol the I nited Slates but local spec imens should still be with c aution Inloi illation available to the urn sos al the I.ethbiidge Municipal savs the an nl u k v idow s bite is mine h ii infill the vounger a i sun is and Ihe bile c'an be latal lo Ii ibic's Ihe icsoaiili station pan phlc'i savs that not all blac k widows MI pic ice a person s skin I ven 11 it does Hie bite mav not even he felt I he onlv evidence of a bite might bo tun ted tang marks ind pain in the ab dome'n that g i adua 11 v becomes more painlul during i Ihiee-houi period and then gr idiiallv disappeais i the in r> to IH hum s In iddition lo the ih donunal puns the victim mav Icel (lulls and sometimes level III" pamphlet states Ihe Municipal Hospital inlor matron calls tin a tioatmonl ol last ac ting bai bitiiales loi a black widow bite The doc loi would then give intr avonous c ale mm glue onate to the pationl lolloping Immediate lust ml toi Ihe spidei s bite me hides pulling a heating pad on the ab donion washing the' aiea ol Ihe' wound with soap and u ite i pi ic mg an 11 e pa ;