Minnesota woman finds black widow spider in Target grapes

Photo from Kelly Steinke's Facebook
Photo from Kelly Steinke's Facebook

On Monday night, Kelly Steinke of Albertville, Minnesota found a juvenile black widow spider in her bag of grapes from Target, even after washing them with vinegar and baking soda. The grapes were purchased this past weekend in Monticello. 

"I called Target to let them know so they can alert their grape supplier," she posted on her Facebook page. 

There has been recent attention brought to spiders being found in bags of grapes. Last week, a woman from Michigan was hospitalized after she reached in for a grape and was bitten by an adult black widow.

"Target is being very helpful and said they would refund me for all the produce in my fridge that I had just bought," she said. "I use the Red Card, so they were able to confirm which store, and confirm the produce I had just bought to replace it. So Target is awesome! Just need to watch your produce that is from Mexico and Organic, mainly grapes and bananas seem to attract Black Widows."

Black widows are found throughout the U.S. mostly in the South and West. They are usually in barns, sheds, stone walls, fences, woodpiles, porch furniture, and other outdoor structures.

Symptoms of a black widow bite may include nausea, profuse perspiration, tremors, labored breathing, restlessness, increased blood pressure and fever.

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