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Spring cleaners, beware: Brown recluse spiders could be lurking in the shadows

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As if you needed another excuse not to clean your house.

According to KFVS, brown recluse spiders become more active as the weather warms up – just in time for spring cleaning.

Here's what you need to know to identify – and avoid – the unwelcome arachnids:

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1. What do they look like? The nocturnal spiders can be as large as a half-dollar and usually have violin-shaped markings on their upper body. 

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2. Where are they found? According to Live Science, brown recluses live in the southern and central U.S., including the following states:

  • Alabama 
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana 
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

They like "dark, secluded places," such as in closets or under garbage cans, Live Science reports. They might be lurking in boxes, shoes or clothes in your garage or basement, Holly Schwarting, who works for Kansas State University's Department of Entomology, told KFVS.

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3. Are brown recluses dangerous? While fatalities are rare, you definitely don't want to get bitten by one.

"The brown recluse spider's bite can be kind of a nasty one," Schwarting told KFVS. "Their venom contains a material that causes our tissue to break down, so it can create a lesion and a slow-healing wound."

The bite may have a red or purple circle around it, according to MedlinePlus. Bite victims may experience discomfort, chills, itching, nausea, fever and sweating, the site says. Rarely, the bites can cause jaundice, kidney failure, blood in urine, seizures and comas. 

You should go to the nearest hospital, call 911 or contact the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 if you think you've been bitten, according to MedlinePlus.

4. How can I protect myself while cleaning? 

Schwarting offered the following tips to KFVS:

  • Wear leather gloves
  • Shake out shoes and coats
  • Set up glue traps
  • Pay attention to your surroundings

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This treehouse is Airbnb's most desired rental property in the world

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Treehouses. People want to stay in treehouses.

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Airbnb, the online home rental site, recently released its top wish-listed destinations and properties, and treehouses were at the top.

As Airbnb put it: "A penchant for fantasy is evident when examining the most Wish-Listed properties by type. The adventure of an outdoor treehouse is by far the most popular type of property on Wish Lists."

At the top of those desired treehouses is one in Atlanta, based on the frequency that active listings appear on people's wish lists.

Hidden away in the affluent uptown district of Buckhead, there are three connected treehouse rooms that rent for $350-$400 a night, with a two-night minimum.

The living room, bedroom and deck are connected by rope bridges. The bathroom is a 30-second walk to the main house.

As of mid-January, the first vacancy, according to the Airbnb listing, is in March.

Other desired treehouse locations include one in Italy and one with a pool, in Bali.

Maybe treehouses aren't your thing. In that case, check out the Seashell House in Mexico or the Pirates of the Caribbean getaway in California.

Airbnb's top destination on its wish list is also in Georgia.

Savannah is the top U.S. destination and No. 3 worldwide among "markets with highest percent of listings that have appeared on at least one wishlist with at least 200 currently active listings."

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Florida mega-mansion Le Palais Royal hits market again for $159M

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A massive Florida mansion dubbed Le Palais Royal is back on the market for a whopping $159 million.

According to Forbes, the 60,500-square-foot Hillsboro Beach home is the second highest-priced listing in the nation, behind the $195 million Gemini compound in ManalapanThe Palm Beach Post reported in September 2014 that the 4 1/2-acre property includes an 11-bedroom, 17-bathroom main house; 465 feet of ocean front; a 492-foot dock that can accommodate a 185-foot yacht; and an underground garage with parking for more than 30 cars. It also boasts the first-ever IMAX Theater contracted for private use, featuring a 50- by 27-foot screen and seating for 18.

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The Palace of Versailles-inspired estate was originally offered for $139 million last year but was taken off the market, the Wall Street Journal reports. Project manager Joseph Leone, who has been working on the home for seven years, told WSJ that the owner, Middlesex Corp. founder Robert Pereira, decided to hold off on listing the property until the main house was nearly complete. Pereira also is building two guest houses on a smaller adjacent lot that will include an underground entertainment center with a go-kart course, ice-skating rink, bowling alley and nightclub, Leone said.

The new listing agent is Mayi de la Vega of One Sotheby's International Realty. 

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One of America’s priciest residences, $159 million,  is now listed by One Sotheby's International Realty.  The Wall Street Journal has the scoop: by One Sotheby's International Realty on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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