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7 Bugs Found in Texas Will Give You the Creeps

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Most vile insects will send shivers down anyone’s spine. In this case, what are some of the creepy-crawlies lurking in Texas? Before reading this, go ahead and prop your feet up off the floor.

They tend to lurk in the shadows, hide in nooks and crannies where you’ll never find them, but they will find you. Here are 7 of the vile critters you won’t want to stumble upon.

1. Scorpions

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Scorpions are arachnids, close relatives of ticks, mites and spiders. Easily recognized by their characteristic shape, Scorpions prefer dry habitats but occur throughout Texas. They can be a nuisance when they interact with humans because they will sting when disturbed.

2. Black Widow

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A Black Widow is a dangerous spider, which makes its home in the south, specifically Texas. They are fairly small — around 1.5″ long, and the female southern black widow usually has a distinctive hourglass marking on its back. The bite of a black widow is extremely unpleasant and includes symptoms such as severe muscle cramps, spasms, intense pain, and tachycardia, although it’s generally not fatal to a healthy adult.

3. Brown Recluse

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There are several different types of recluse spiders, but the one most Texans are familiar with is the dreaded brown recluse. Although they’re tiny, the bite from a “fiddle-back” as they’re also known, can itch or sting, but it’ll often be followed by intense pain, fever, and chills, before erupting into an ulcerating lesion. Be very vigilant in staying away from the brown recluse spider.

4. Lichen Orb Weaver

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This spider is the size of a walnut and as heavy as a tarantula. The Lichen Orb Weaver  wears a wonderful disguise that makes her resemble common lichen. Orb-weavers spin those classic spider webs that are almost circular, with spokes radiating out from a central hub. Sticky threads spiral around the spokes, making a distinctive wheel pattern. They are not known to be poisonous to humans, although their appearance is nothing short of terrifying.

5. Cockroaches

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