Brown Recluse Spiders
What do brown recluse spiders look like?
The brown recluse spider is light to dark brown with a dark marking on it’s back that resembles a violin. The brown recluse is a smaller spider at about 1/4 to 1/2 inches long. Like all spiders it has 8 legs and no antenna. The brown recluse spider has 6 eyes in 3 groups of 2. One set is center of the head while the other 2 sets are offset to the left and right slightly above the center set.
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Are brown recluse spiders dangerous?
Brown recluse spider bites are not usually felt right away. Some people have experienced an immediate stinging sensation that turns into intense pain up to 8 hours later. Usually, the bite area becomes swollen and blisters. Reactions from the bite can include fever, restlessness, and difficulty sleeping. The venom injected by the brown recluse spider causes necrosis. Around 2 weeks later this area of dead tissue may expose muscles and even bone. It can take a long time to heal from a brown recluse bite and may require plastic surgery.
We would like to note according to Clemson entomology department all spiders that have been sent to them in the last 10 years believed to be brown recluse were in fact not brown recluse. There are many spiders that look similar to the brown recluse.
Brown recluse habitat.
The brown recluse spider gets its name from the fact that it is a reclusive creature. In the home, they like to hide in cracks and crevices like along baseboards, in boxes, stored clothing, closets, attics, basements, crawlspaces, and any other dark area that doesn’t get disturbed much. Outside brown recluse spiders can be found in woodpiles, behind tree bark, rocks, as well as utility enclosures.
Brown recluse live primarily feeding on insects like roaches, crickets, and other crawling insects. When mating the female brown recluse may try to eat the male. Brown recluse like to search for their food at night. They are known as scavengers. They will even feed on larger prey when they find it. Brown recluse spiders use their web as a place to feel safe rather than a trap for food. That doesn’t mean you’d want to stumble into because they are more than happy to feast on just about anything that accidentally drops in for a visit.
How do I get rid of brown recluse spiders?
The best way to control brown recluse spiders is to stop them from entering your home before they become a problem. Walker Pest Management’s professional pest control service will help prevent brown recluse spiders as well as many other common household pests through our year-round Preferred Care Pest Control program.
How can I prevent brown recluse spider problems at my home or business?
Start off with a routine maintenance pest program from a pest control expert like those at Walker Pest Management then follow these tips should help prevent any brown recluse problems in your home.
- Eliminate harborages where brown recluse may hide.
- Keep clutter to a minimum in storage areas like closets, basements, attics, and garages.
- Make sure doors and windows seal properly and that screens are not torn or missing.
- Seal up any cracks and crevices in crawlspaces and basements with caulking.
If you suspect a brown recluse spider problem contact Walker Pest Management for a free quote.
Resources: Clemson University, Wikipedia, Pest World
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