Woman Finds Black Widow Spider in Grapes: Did It Scare Her Away From Organic?

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black widowI always wash my grapes before eating them. At least I think I do? Well anyway, I definitely will wash them every time from now on. A Connecticut woman named Norma Weiss found a black widow spider in her grapes -- and it was still alive! Eek!

You may be relieved to learn that Norma was not about to pop that spider in her mouth. She discovered it when she pulled the grapes out of their package to wash before eating. Still ... I'd hate to think of what would happen if that spider had managed to crawl onto her hand and bite her for invading its home. The grapes were organic, of course -- pesticides probably would have killed off the spider. But despite her creepy brush with the black widow, Norma says she'll keep choosing organic.

Well yeah! I'm with her there. If there's anything I find more scary than spiders in my grapes, it's pesticides on my fruit. Grapes are on the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen list. They've been found to have high levels of pesticide residue. You can rinse off a spider, but you can't rinse off all those chemicals. (Also, black widow bites can cause all kinds of awful symptoms but are very rarely fatal.)

I've found plenty of little critters in my organic produce over the years. Caterpillars, slugs, ladybugs. I'm not exactly pleased to see them, but I also find them sort of reassuring. If that little snail thought my lettuce was so delicious, that must mean there's nothing too toxic in there -- and that means it's safe for me, too. And then I rinse that lettuce really well and wave goodbye as the snail washes down the drain!

Does the sight of bugs in your produce turn you off to organic food or make you like it more?


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jrl90 jrl90

Hate to break it to you but insects are just as rampant in non organic produce. I use to work in the produce department at a small grocery store where we only had non-organic produce and trust me i saw my fair share of spiders and other creepy crawlers whenever we recieved new shipments. 

dirti... dirtiekittie

lol for some reason i found the idea that "creepy critters" would like organic better than non-organic produce to be hilarious. finicky insects eh? hahahaha!

kelti... kelticmom

I worked for Nine West while in college, and some of our merchandise was made.in South America. Every so often, I would open a case of purses, and a leopard gecko would run out. Scare me to death! That's just the risk you run with getting anything that's been shipped. You never know who/what may have hitch hiked along.

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

LOL- is this what people think organic vs inorganic means!?! What a joke.

That spider could have gotten in the package during shipping or while at the store- black widow spiders are not an uncommon spider! You walk by them all the time unawares. The spiders have no idea where the fruit came from or how it was produced!

jalaz77 jalaz77

This is why you wash your produce thouroughly. I saw a show where they showed you what your produce went through by the time it reaches the store, rats or mice crawl over everything, bugs you haven't seen crawl over everything. I has nothing to do with organic, if it grows in the ground it's been touched by rodents and insects. Oh by the way this show did show your canned goods going through the same thing. Ever wash the lids of your canned goods before opening them? I do.

easun... easunshine

Me, personally? I'd probably never buy grapes again. Ever. F*cking hate spiders, especially the scary ones.

julie... julie21210

Easunshine I'm with u on that one. More then 6 legs and I have a serious problem with it. When I lived alone my way of killing spiders was spraying It with Raid or hairspray (whichever was closer unless of course it was my Big Sexy Hairspray, too expensive for this purpose) until it died and then sucking it up on the vacuum. If I thought about all those lil critters running all over my food and in it i'd be eating strictly over processed food and be super unhealthy

julie... julie21210

And don't even get me started on centipedes... Those lil bastards are disgusting!!!!!

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