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Apr 18, 2014 1:52 PM by Janine Reyes

Don't Let the Brown Widow Invasion Ruin Easter

PORTLAND -- A venomous spider is making the rounds in the Coastal Bend and health experts are urging you to take a close look around your yard before the Easter festivities begin.

Brown widows are invading certain areas in Portland and could even be in Corpus Christi making themselves at home in your yard.

"We are seeing a marked spread in a venomous spider so we want to get the word out on that," said San Patricio Health Director Dr. James Mobley.

Bill Boyd with Pest Fog Inc in Portland spotted 6 of them yesterday alone, his office took calls reporting 11 sightings in all.

The spiders themselves are not aggressive, but they do have venom and if they are disturbed they can attack.

"These are actually much less dangerous than the black widow," Dr. Mobley explained.

But that doesn't make the Brown Widow spider any less of a concern. As a parent if you do have plastic furniture or play equipment outdoors, the experts do suggest that you check that area, because that's where Brown Widow spiders really like to hide.

"Yesterday I found five at a house on children's toys." Boyd said.

Children are the ones that need to watch out for these spiders the most because of their weak immune systems.

"They would have pain and inflammation, and yes, if they think its from a venomous spider, they should go ahead and get it checked out in the emergency room, because they can monitor and make sure its safe," Mobley urged.

So, in order to avoid a trip to the hospital, check your yard before the kids start their Easter egg hunt this weekend.

"They're out there and now people will be out there with them, so its not that they're attracted to Easter eggs, but walk around the area if you're having an easter egg hunt or doing out door activities just walk around the area and take a look," Dr. Mobley told us.

"Use a vacuum, suck these guys up, inspect their lawn furniture and especially the children's toys," Boyd suggested.

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