IamA spider bite tester! AMA!
My goal is to show that most spiders won't even bite a person, and if they do, that the effects are usually very mild.
I also like to try out various insect stings and document the effects.
I do NOT experiment with spider bites of known medical significance, ie black widows and brown recluses.
My latest bite test (sorry for the ads, but they pay the bills)
Edit: WHY/HOW did I get this job? In my exploits in jungles, spiders have always been there to eat the biting, stinging, sucking insects that can ruin your day. Nevertheless I used to be pretty afraid of them. But as I learned more about them I realized their bad rap is undeserved. So I wanted to do something to demonstrate how unwilling they are to bite people. I'm self-employed in this regard.
Edit 2: Losing my internet connection up here (rural Jefferson County, CO) and may not be back for a few hours - but I will keep answering your questions as soon as I can!