Brown Recluse Spider Prevention Tips

September 8, 2017

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No one wants to see a brown recluse spider in their home. The brown recluse is not a simple house spider. It is a dangerous spider that is venomous. Fortunately, identifying the brown recluse is easy, and being proactive may reduce your risk for seeing them in your home.

What Does a Brown Recluse Spider Look Like?

Brown recluse spiders have a distinct violin-shaped abdomen. The brown recluse spider is light brown or yellowish in color. The adult brown recluse spider isn’t very big, measuring only 6 to 11 mm in length. This spider has legs that extend about an inch out from its body. The legs are long and thin, and about 3 times the size of the spider’s body.

The brown recluse spider has 6 eyes if you get close enough to see. Most spiders have 8 eyes. They are not fuzzy spiders. The hairs on the legs of the brown recluse spiders are very fine, so you won't even notice they are there.

You know that you are staring at a brown recluse spider the violin shape on its abdomen. Unfortunately, the brown recluse moves quickly, so you have to get really close to see, and no one wants to be that close to a dangerous spider.

Dangers of the Brown Recluse Spider

It is important to identify brown recluse spider because of the danger they pose. Brown recluse spiders are dangerous inside or outside your home. They can be found anywhere.

When the brown recluse spider bites, the venom they inject into your body destroys the blood vessel walls around the bite. The bite will cause necrosis, killing the skin and causing it to rot. Lucky for you, the brown recluse spider doesn’t prefer to bite people, but they will if they are frightened or handled improperly.

How to Prevent Brown Recluse Spiders

While the spider itself can very very reclusive, their web can help us identify an infestation. The brown recluse spider spins its webs near the floor because they hunt for other bugs, such as cockroaches, crickets, and ants, that are crawling around your floor. Keep both web and bugs in mind when preventing brown recluse spiders in your home.

Here are a few ways to prevent brown recluse spiders:

  • Seal openings around your home and foundation
  • Clean and vacuum your home daily
  • Remove webs you find in your home
  • Vacuum up spiders that you see
  • Clean up crumbs and other messes around your home to prevent the pests on which the brown recluse spiders feed
  • Seek help from a pest control professional

Call Innovative Pest Control to learn more about our residential pest control plans. We will come out and inspect your home for brown recluse spiders and other pests that call Texas home.

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