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CU entomologist: two spiders to avoid in Omaha

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Posted at 8:50 AM, Jun 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-20 10:57:35-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Residents of Omaha should be aware of two dangerous spiders this summer, the Western Black Widow and Brown Recluse. 

PHOTO GALLERY:  Black widow and brown recluse spiders 

According to Creighton entomologist Dr. Theodore Burk, the Western Black Widow's bite can cause inflammation and can kill skin. It also injects neurotoxins into the body. The Brown Recluse's bite destroys tissue with a neurotic poison. Both bites are much more dangerous to children than adults. 

Both species can be found under stone and in wood piles and also in areas of the home and garages that have not been touched over a long period of time.