Brown Recluse spider bites and pheromones

Asked August 7, 2016, 8:57 PM EDT

I have a coworker that claims to have been bitten by many spiders, particularly the Brown Recluse. He claims that they release a pheromones into your skin and cause other spiders to bite you for the rest of your life. Is this true? I cannot find any evidence supporting this?

Ouachita Parish Louisiana

1 Response

I have not seen any research indicating this takes place. Their venom is painful and for some people, result in large wounds. No pheromone known today would mark a person for any length of time. There would be no biological reason for a spider to mark anything they bite in a way that would attract other spiders to a human or any other organism. The venom is normally used to help it capture and consume prey.
Humans are not normally prey for spiders.