Unlikely biting spider

Unlikely biting spider

5913   We got this guy today on sticky paper . Both my husband and myself have been getting bites likely at night in bed.  The bite starts off the size of a dime and  swells to quarter size, burns, itches for about 5-6 days. The area around the actual bite swells to a tea cup saucer size. I got two on my ankle than a week later on my arm. I got a skin infection from that one and was on antibiotics for a week.  We checked for other insects..bed bugs etc. but we found nothing. Even the doctor confirmed they are not bed bug bites. We got obsessed since they really SUCK and cleaned our bedroom like mad!!!   We though it was gone but I got bit last night and we found this spider living in a tube in our bed frame.  Could this be the thing that’s biting us?  It looks maybe like a house spider but there are SO many varieties.  Your help is most appreciated.   Taya

This spider is extremely unlikely to be responsible for any bites. It is Steatoda triangulosa, a very common peridomestic species; I have been unable to locate even a single report of this species ever biting a human. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.