I received the following email message from a friend on 4/3/09 and thought I'd share it with this group. I've edited it a bit to just include the basic information:

"Today at Spreckels Park we were sitting next to the bench by the sandbox that backs onto Orange Ave and faces the playground (so if you're sitting on the bench, the sandbox is on your right, Orange Ave is behind you, the playground is in front of you, and the swings are on your left). I saw six Brown Widow egg sacs hanging from underneath the bench. They are very dangerous and poisonous spiders. The sacs are totally visible and it would be very easy for a curious kid to reach over there and touch them. Don't try to remove them yourselves because the hundreds of babies inside will run out onto the grass. See the link below for more information and photos."

http://www.sdnhm.org/fieldguide/inverts/latr-geo.html

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Comment by kirk steele on April 9, 2009 at 4:46pm
Thanks for the info. I sat on that bench and watched my grandkids play just last week!! We also found some egg sacs under our patio chairs. I heard of one woman on the isalnd who put here hand into her garden glove and got bitten and had to go to the hospital.
Comment by hollie heaver digges wack on April 10, 2009 at 9:50am
I also found egg sacks on some garden furniture and saw some webs between some cactus!
Comment by Denise E. Jones on February 8, 2010 at 3:04pm
I just came across your post. One of our Newfoundland dogs was bitten by something this past summer and his rear leg was severely swollen. After close to $2,000 in vet bills and antibiotics, he recovered, but it is still a mystery as to what bit him. At first, the vet thought it was a snake bite. Since he was not in any areas where there were snakes, I believe it must have been a bad spider bite.

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