The Trick To Properly Identifying Brown Recluse Spiders In Tyler 

March 23, 2020

a brown recluse spider crawling on a bathroom floor


 
There are dozens of spiders native to the southern half of the United States, many of which are harmless insects found in the home and garden. However, some types of spiders are more dangerous than just a simple backyard pest, causing panic at the first sight of them. 
 
The brown recluse is just one of these dangerous species, found all across Tyler and the greater Texas area. Measuring 2 centimeters at maturity, these spiders can survive for as long as two years in ideal conditions. Long, dark legs and a light brown abdomen are clear signs of their specific species type. Some varieties may have a small, black line that runs between the thorax and the abdomen, resembling a fiddle or violin. This has garnered several nicknames for this dangerous spider, including the fiddleback spider, the brown fiddler, or the violin spider. 
 
Despite these markings, the brown recluse is one of the most misidentified species in the world. Other (and somewhat less dangerous) types of spider that the brown recluse may resemble include:

  • Wolf Spiders 
  • Hobo Spiders 
  • Common House Spiders 
  • Cellar Spiders 
  • Pirate Spiders

The trick to properly identifying the brown recluse lies in examining its eyes. This spider species only has six eyes, rather than the usual eight. Six eyes, brown coloration, and a vague violin symbol on the abdomen make this spider highly identifiable. 
 
The bite of the brown recluse is perhaps the most identifiable aspect of this species, and receiving one can be dangerous and even deadly. Each bite contains hemotoxic venom capable of causing necrosis or its systematic symptoms. The initial puncture is rarely felt at first but slowly progresses into a painful and swollen mark. While bites are not normally deadly, it is imperative to seek medical help as soon as possible.

Preventing Spider Activity Both Inside And Outside Your Home

Preventing spiders from entering your property is a nearly impossible undertaking. However, there are several steps homeowners can take to mitigate their chances for infestation and to minimize threats associated with brown recluse activity.

  • Brown Recluse spiders create messy webs that string from object to object in no particular order. Reducing the clutter around your home and lawn is an excellent way to curtail these spiders from settling down.
  • Brown recluse spiders love the dark, especially areas that go undisturbed for long periods of time. If possible, perform a regular check of areas around the home that could be conducive to spider activity. Some places to check could include playground equipment, basements or crawlspaces, garden sheds, and garages.
  • Address any potential pest infestations that could be attracting spiders to your property. Most spiders are predatory creatures that settle down in places where food sources are in abundance. Schedule a home inspection to locate any potential pest infestations.

Brown recluse spiders are far more likely to live inside a home than a backyard structure, making them an even more dangerous pest.

Have you spotted a brown recluse hanging around your property? If any spider activity has been noticed around your lawn, homeowners are advised to immediately seek professional help

Innovate Your Spider Prevention With Innovative Pest Control

Brown recluse spiders are particularly dangerous arachnids that pose significant health risks to any humans that cross their path. Without enacting proper protection, these pests can quickly become a huge threat to your health, happiness, and peace of mind.

If you or a member of your family has begun to notice an abundance of spider activity inside or outside the home, contact the professionals at Innovative Pest Control now.

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