What Does A Brown Recluse Look Like?

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There are over 35,000 species of spiders in the world. So, it is not surprising that we have a hard time telling one spider from another when they get into our homes. But, here in Texas, there is one spider you should become an expert at identifying: the brown recluse. These spiders are plentiful, and they have no aversion to getting into homes and establishing themselves. Here's what you need to know most.

Why is it important to properly identify a brown recluse?

There are only a handful of spiders in the United States that are considered a household threat. On this short list of spiders, most prefer to be outside, and rarely establish themselves in homes. The brown recluse is just as happy inside as it is outside. This would not be an issue if not for the danger it poses. A brown recluse spider has a bite that destroys blood vessel walls near the bite wound and can lead to significant necrosis as phospholipid molecules are turned into simpler lipids within the cell membrane. In other words: it can rot your flesh and turn a small bite into a serious injury. Fortunately, brown recluse spiders don't prefer to bite humans, and bites are only likely to occur when these spiders are brought into contact with the skin.

Visual Identification

The average brown recluse (Loxosceles reclusa) is only about ¼  of an inch long, with an additional 1-inch leg span. All together, that is only 1 ¼ inches for an adult spider. That means you're going to have to look closely to make out the tiny, dark brown, violin shape on its tan back. Some prefer to call this a fiddle shape, which is why brown recluse spiders are also called fiddleback spiders. This shape is helpful for identifying these spiders when they're not moving. Sadly, when we see one, it is usually moving quickly to get away from us, and that tiny fiddle mark is going to be nothing but a blur. But, that quick movement is one of the ways you can identify a brown recluse spider. Other brown spiders that get into homes do not move with such quickness.

If you see a fast moving, brown spider, you'll also want to look to see if it has hair. The brown recluse is mostly hairless. Understand this will help you to immediately distinguish it from another common brown spider: the wolf spider.

Another important distinction for the brown recluse spider is its long thin legs. Since its legs are three times longer than its body length, from head to rear, this is an easy-to-distinguish spider, even when it is zipping away from you at top speed.

Web Identification

Most of the time, you're not going to see a brown recluse spider scaling your wall or disappearing into a dark crevice. The only sign you're going to get that these spiders are present in your home are the webs they leave. Brown recluse spiders are hunter spiders. And, since they hunt large creatures that usually crawl around on the floor, they establish their webs down low. Most of the time these webs will look like a tangled mess. It isn't because brown recluse down have the skill of an orb weaver spider, whose webs are the inspiration of Halloween decorators. They make their webs for the precise purpose of capturing their prey such as cockroaches, crickets, firebrats, and other crawling bugs.

Pest Control Identification

If you properly identify brown recluse spiders in your home, or recognize their tangled webs in low places, the next step is to properly identify a pest control company that will take care of your problem. If you're not in our Texas service area, find a company like Innovative Pest Control. one that backs their pest control services with a customer satisfaction guarantee. That is probably why we have so many satisfied customers. But, don't just take our word for it. Check out our reviews on Google, Facebook, and Yelp.

The brown recluse spider is a fast-moving, hunter spider, with a venom that can cause serious injury. When these spiders start appearing in your home, it is vital to properly identify them and to treat them as a serious threat.

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