In nature this quick, agile ground spider is typically found on wooded areas under rocks, old boards and debris. Individuals of this species continue to come in with sheets hung out on our wooden deck rails.
Indoors, this species is most active at night. It conceals itself beneath objects or in clothing/bedding during the day.
According to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Spiders of Medical Importance, “most bites from this spider occur at night or when it is trapped in clothing. While the parson spider is not considered poisonous, bite symptoms are variable in severity. Some people may experience localized allergic swelling and itching in addition to initial pain. A few persons may experience excessive swelling, nervousness, nausea, sweating and elevated temperatures from the bites.”
I think they’re being overly dramatic.