In our area, most spiders are harmless. Spiders don't prefer to bite us, and will only bite if they feel threatened. Some spiders are not capable of biting. But there is one spider that, while not predisposed to biting you, can bite you, and the wound it creates can have necrotic properties. It is the brown recluse spider. Today, we're going to take a few minutes to talk about some important facts you should know about brown recluse spiders, in particular, how you can prevent bites from occurring.
Brown Recluse Spiders Are Active This Time Of Year
In June, July, and August, these spiders are on the move. This is the time of year that it is most beneficial to watch out for them, and to apply prevention. But it is wise to keep up your prevention efforts from March to November.
Not Every Brown Spiders Is A Brown Recluse
If you want to protect your family from brown recluse spiders, it is essential to learn what a brown recluse looks like. A recluse is a sickly brown color, with a dark brown violin marking on its back. It will be a little larger than a quarter, this includes the length of its legs. It is visibly hairless. You may notice brown recluse webs before you see the spiders. These webs will be tangled and low to the floor. You may find them in holes or in recesses.
Brown Recluse Bites
The most common questions we get about brown recluse spiders have to do with the wounds they cause—and for good reason. It is possible for a brown recluse to cause a very nasty wound. But, it is important to keep this threat in perspective.
- Brown recluse are reclusive spiders. They tend to stay in still, secluded areas of a home.
- Brown recluse have no reason to bite you. They don't consider you to be prey.
- Bites vary in severity. The majority of recluse bites won't amount to much more than an inflamed wound with a small ulcer at the center. But it is still a good idea to have your physician monitor the wound for the spread of necrosis.
Brown Recluse Behavior
These are nocturnal spiders that will crawl around in your home at night. If you believe you have recluse in your home, consider wearing slippers or some other nighttime footwear as you move about your home. Also, consider protecting yourself while you sleep.
- Move beds out from the walls.
- Remove skirts from beds.
- Make sure covers don't touch the floor.
- Check your bed before you slide into it for the night.
During the night, a brown recluse can find a dark hole to hide in. Inside your home, this might be a boot, shoe, towel, pile of clothing, etc. Keep this in mind. When you slide your feet into your boots or shoes, shake and tap them to check for spiders. When you use a towel, or put clothing on, give them a good shake. Most brown recluse spider bites occur when these spiders are brought into close contact with the skin.
General Brown Recluse Prevention
If you have brown recluse spiders inside your home, it is likely that you have a food source in your home. Often, one of the best ways to get control of these spiders is to get control of the pests they're eating. This is why many pest control professionals offer brown recluse programs that include general pest protection. It isn't enough to hunt down the recluse spiders in your home and eliminate them.
How bad are brown recluse spiders?
The big problem with these spiders is that they really like living with humans, even though they try to avoid us as much as possible. Some home infestations in the U.S. have had several thousand individual brown recluse spiders. This is a spider problem that can get completely out of control. We strongly recommend professional pest control services when these spiders first start showing up on your property.
How do you get rid of pests and the brown recluse that eat them?
It's as easy as 1-2-3. When you have 1-2-3 pest control from Innovative Pest Solutions, your home will get the services it needs to get control of pests. Contact us today to learn more.