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Brown Recluse Spiders

Pest Guide > Brown Recluse Spiders

What do brown recluse spiders look like?

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Brown recluse spiders are most commonly identified by a “violin” shaped pattern on the top of their body along with their three pairs of eyes that are arranged in a semi-circle pattern.  They range in color from light yellowish-gray to dark brown; young spiders are usually lighter in color than the adults. Brown recluse spiders have an oblong abdomen that is covered in gray hairs and long legs that are darker in color than the rest of their body; their bodies grow to about the diameter of a quarter.  Females are larger than the males.

Do brown recluse spiders bite?

Brown recluse spiders do have the ability to bite people. The good news is that these spiders are very docile and don’t go out of their way to attack and bite people; however the bad news is that a bite from a brown recluse spider can lead to serious health consequences. People are most often bitten by a brown recluse after accidentally coming into contact with one while putting on shoes, clothing, moving boxes, reaching for an object in a dark closet, or similar activities.

Are brown recluse spiders venomous?

Yes, brown recluse spiders are venomous. The venom from a brown recluse spider causes pain and itching at the bite; the venom can lead to the tissue around the bite to ulcerate and die. The open wound can be prone to infection and it can take months for the skin around a bite to heal. If you ever think you have been bitten by a brown recluse spider you should seek immediate attention from your health care provider.

Why do I have a brown recluse spider problem?

Brown recluse spiders typically live outside and seek dark quiet places to live and hide in; woodpiles, sheds, leaf piles, and fallen logs or trees are typical hiding spots for brown recluse spiders. These spiders may enter inside of homes, garages, sheds, and other buildings while foraging for food sources or while trying to find a dark, safe spot to hide in. Inside of a home, brown recluse spiders are often found hiding in closets, basements, cabinets, and in other storage areas that aren’t disturbed frequently.

How do you get rid of brown recluse spiders?

We can help you to get rid of dangerous brown recluse spiders by helping to prevent them from entering into your home in the first place. At Spencer Pest Services our pros will partner with you to create a pest control program to exclude both brown recluse spiders and the insects that they dine on from your home; all the while treating and eliminating any current pest problems you may be experiencing. Contact us today to learn more about our home pest control services throughout Upstate of South Carolina and northern Georgia.

 

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