Expert on likelihood of spiders overtaking home in Chicago area

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A family in Missouri was forced out of their home after it was overrun by thousands of poisonous brown recluse spiders.

The story about this spider infestation has gone viral, so WGN features reporter Marcus Leshock tracked down a local expert to see if something like this could happen in the Chicago area.

Doug Taron at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago says it's unlikely to find brown recluse spiders in the Chicago area. In Illinois, you're more likely to find them south of Champaign-Urbana.

But if you do come across one: Beware.

"Brown recluse bites can cause some very nasty, gaping wounds in people's skin," Taron said. "It's not going to kill you but it's going to give you a very nasty, open wound that's going to take a long time to heal."

If you do happen to find a brown recluse spider in your home, Taron advises that you simply flush it down the toilet.

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