Poisonous spiders are causing the Michigan library to be temporarily closed
ANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) – Staff at a University of Michigan library temporarily closed the building after three poisonous spiders appeared in a basement warehouse.
The Mediterranean recluse spiders were found in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library on the school campus in Ann Arbor in late January. The library reopened on Tuesday after being closed on Sunday and being treated for spiders on Monday.
The spiders were not in any public space, said university spokeswoman Kim Broekhuizen, and staff members closed the building because of a misunderstanding and out of great caution.
Spider bites can cause problems ranging from mild skin irritation to tissue death, according to Professor Anne Danielson-Francois at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, who identified an adult male spider trapped in a glue trap in the library.
“You are really unlikely to be in danger unless you have to be in close contact,” she told the Detroit Free Press. “But if you’re the plumber crawling through a crawl space with lots of these spiders, you could get bitten, and that would be worrying. But just walking through the library piles is a very, very little risk. “
The Mediterranean hermit hitchhiked with people around the world and was found in 22 states, Danielson-Francois told WJBK-TV.
They like caves and can be found in basements and boiler rooms.
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