You might check grape containers twice before buying from now on.
A Michigan woman who went grocery shopping at Walmart and brought home some grapes was greeted by a Black Widow spider as soon as she started washing them.
Ariel Jackson freaked out when she saw the creepy crawly creature navigating the grapes with its spindly legs.
Take a look at that spider.
The Black Widow is no friend to humans.
Although her bites are rarely fatal, the toxin released causes an illness called latrodectism, the hallmarks of which are “pain, muscle rigidity, vomiting, and sweating.”
This is what generally happens when you are bitten by a Black Widow:
Intense local pain develops 5–10 minutes after the bite and is followed by sweating and piloerection (goosebumps) within an hour. Neither puncture marks nor redness are necessarily seen.
A few people go on to have widespread symptoms. Pain typically starts at the bite site then travels up (e.g. from foot to thigh to trunk), followed by generalized pain (in back, trunk, chest or shoulder). The venom directly affects nerves leading to the unusual feature of severe sweating, which may be regional (e.g. both legs) or generalized. Changes in adrenaline can lead to mild increase in blood pressure and pulse.
Non-specific features of latrodectism include headache, nausea, vomiting and feeling ill and weak.
Symptoms may wax and wane over the next one to four days. Rarely, patients may feel unwell for up to a week. Very rarely, untreated patients report ongoing bite site pain that last weeks or months.
Jackson said that she’d never seen one before the ‘Arachnid-Grape Incident of 2015.’
“I’ve never seen one before in person and then here it is, ‘hi!’” she told WXYZ-TV. A 911 dispatcher advised her to kill the spider, but Jackson’s boyfriend took care of that for her.
Meanwhile, Walmart gave Jackson a refund and said in a statement, “We are working to investigate all aspects of this allegation and taking appropriate measures to fully understand what may have happened. Our stores have procedures in place to help ensure products meet our high expectations for fresh, quality food.”
(H/T The Blaze)