Woman: Brown recluse spider stopped her from walking for 2 days

FRUITLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A woman in Fruitland Township could barely walk after she believes she was bitten by a brown recluse spider.

Darla Simonelli believes it may have been hiding in her basement when it bit her ankle last week.

"I was dusting, cleaning, vacuuming and sweeping," said Simonelli, who was in the midst of her spring cleaning when she noticed a red circle with a white dot in the center.

"I thought right away that I got bit by a spider because I was taking my broom at the top of the ceiling and the windows and getting the webbings," said Simonelli.

She never imagined that it would transform into a blister with swelling around the entire area.

On Wednesday, she went to the hospital where doctors prescribed antibiotics and ran tests.

"As the day progressed the following day, it just kept getting worse and worse," said Simonelli.

She says she suffered from chills, a fever and a “horrible feeling.”

Doctors say the culprit may be a spider, but they cannot be certain because Simonelli did not see anything bite her.

Simonelli has been hosting a friend, who is originally from the south. The luggage has been stored in their basement, and Simonelli wonders if the spider may have hitched a ride from a warmer climate.

Brown recluse spiders are not native to Michigan and a considered uncommon, according to Michigan State University’s Extension Service.

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4 comments

  • Dimitry

    We do not have Brown Recluse spiders in Michigan, we are way north of their range. I never thought I’d say this, but this is fake news.

    • Jim

      If you read the article, it says she was storing luggage in her basement for a friend from Florida. Theory is the spider hitched a ride.

    • Amanda

      You must not be able to read. Also there are several confirmed sightings and records of spider bites here in Michigan so don’t. Do your research before you make yourself sound like an idiot.

  • stop the madness

    I once had a bee take a chunk out of the back of my knee almost as big as that hole. It hurt so bad I fell down like a sack of taters.

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