Brown Recluse Spider

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Actual Size: 3/8″

Characteristics: Brown recluse spiders are often found in inaccessible areas and can be identified by the “violin” shape behind its head.

Habits:

  • Passive hunters.
  • Found in moist environments such as mulch, woodpiles, and stones.
  • Attracted to light.
  • Feed on live/dead plants and bugs.
  • Do not survive long on the inside.

OVERVIEW

Typically identified by the characteristic violin shape on their backs, brown recluse spiders are one of the most feared spiders throughout the nation. True to their name, these spiders are reclusive and prefer to reside in warm, dark environments. Adult spiders are typically no bigger than ½ inch, and they range in color from tan to dark brown. If threatened, the recluse spider may bite—their venom has been known to cause severe reactions.

Brown Recluse Spider Behavior

Although brown recluse spiders prefer to be outdoors, they often make their way inside homes through cracks and may seek out dark, sheltered areas inside. Their webs don’t have a distinct shape or appearance. As mentioned previously, they typically are shy spiders that very rarely attack unless provoked. For example, someone reaching into a box or show may unintentionally threaten a recluse and receive a bite in return.

Dangers of Recluse Spiders

Thankfully, recluse spiders are rare and only occur when the spider feels directly threatened. In the rare case someone is bitten, it’s important to note that bites are rarely felt and symptoms typically do not appear for at least three hours. A red bump or small blister may form around the site of the bite. Some symptoms include restlessness, fever, and difficulty sleeping. In serious cases, necrosis may develop. No matter what, it’s extremely important to always seek medical attention if you or someone you know may have experienced a recluse bite.

Get Rid of Brown Recluse Spiders

Your Connor’s Termite & Pest Control technician will:

  • Determine the type of spider.
  • Conduct a full property inspection that includes your yard, attached & detached structures, driveway and home.
  • Directly treat spider-nests outside your foundation to protect your home during the warmer months along with their food source (other insects).
  • Physically remove webs from the outside and inside of your home.
  • Seal small common entry points if they are contributing to the infestation.
  • Discreetly apply material in unfinished basements, voids and other spider-frequented areas when evidence is noted.
  • Place “sticky traps” on the interior to monitor activity.
  • Create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home from further infestations including:
    • Changing the lighting around your structure.
    • Eliminate clutter inside and outside of your structure.