The spiders were found living in an detached, unheated garage in a home in Davison.

This is particularly noteworthy because the spiders are normally found in warmer, southern states. Nothing stored in the garage had been to an area where the spiders are common. Usually, cold winters here in Michigan keep the brown recluse population away, but it appears that this batch survived our warm winter.

It's important to note that the spiders have been found in and around Genesee County for the last 5 years. Howard Russell from Michigan State University's Diagnostic Services posted about the findings on April 21st.

The spiders are about the size of a quarter, and their bites can cause serious skin lesions. Don't lie, you feel like you've got bugs crawling all over you right now. Sorry.

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