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Brown Recluse Spider Identification

What are brown recluse spiders?

As their name suggests, brown recluse spiders are a shy species of spider. Despite their ability to cause harm to people through their venomous bites, believe it or not, these spiders are more afraid of us than we are of them. Biting their threat is the last resort; brown recluse spiders much prefer to run away from their problem than tackle it head-on!

Brown recluse spiders range in color from yellowish-gray to dark black; their abdomen is covered in gray hairs, and their eight thin, long legs are darker in color than their body. They have a “violin-like” pattern on the top of their body and three pairs of eyes arranged in a semi-circle pattern.

Are brown recluse spiders dangerous?

Brown recluse spiders are certainly not a species you want living on your St. Louis property near your family. The danger these spiders pose is not because they are aggressive but because they aren’t. These spiders are shy and reclusive and bites only happen when we make accidental contact with them, and they feel the need to defend themselves. Reaching into a box stored in the shed, gardening, or even getting under the sheets in your bed are all things that can result in a bite.

Brown recluse spiders are one of the few spiders in the United States that have venom potent enough to cause health problems in people. In most cases, a bite from one of these spiders isn’t life-threatening, but their venom can cause the area around the bite site to swell and become tender. The skin around the bite sometimes ulcerates and creates a difficult to heal wound prone to infection that can take many weeks to heal.

Why do I have a brown recluse spider problem?

Brown recluse spiders live and thrive in the same areas that people do, with our yards and homes providing them with plentiful amounts of food and shelter. Like all spiders, brown recluse spiders are predators and feed on other spiders and insects. If your home has a large selection of insects living in or around it, it will attract brown recluse spiders and other predatory pests that feed on them.

Where will I find brown recluse spiders?

These spiders prefer to live and create their webs at ground level. They actively hunt their prey and, between feedings, will retreat to their webs to rest. The best way to describe a brown recluse spider web is chaotic. They don’t produce the pretty, circular webs that we see in illustrations; they create loose, irregular webs.

Outside, brown recluse spiders hang out around rocks, woodpiles, under fallen logs, behind tree bark, and in areas of dense vegetation. Once they have followed their insect prey indoors, they will retreat to dark, quiet areas. Some indoor spaces where brown recluse spiders and their prey regularly hang out include attics, basements, closets, spaces under furniture, sheds, garages, and barns.

It is a good idea to remain vigilant against brown recluse spiders and regularly inspect certain areas of your home for their presence.

  • Stored shoes
  • Boxes
  • Under bedding in spare rooms
  • Behind baseboards
  • Within areas of clutter in the bottom of closets

How do I get rid of brown recluse spiders?

If you ever discover a brown recluse spider on your property, immediately reach out for professional help. At Roberts Pest Control, our highly trained St. Louis pest professionals know how to find and accurately identify brown recluse spiders living inside or outside of your home. We will quickly get to the bottom of your brown recluse spider infestation, provide effective treatments, and put into place the routine services needed to keep these dangerous spiders from returning to your property.

To have your family’s pest control solutions met, partner with the company that offers common-sense solutions; partner with Roberts Pest Control! If you live in the St. Louis area and need to rid your property of brown recluse spiders or other problematic pests, give us a call today!

How can I prevent brown recluse spiders in the future?

Take the time to make changes around your St. Louis yard and home to make it less attractive to brown recluse spiders and help to prevent problems with these dangerous arachnids.

Below is a list of our most helpful brown recluse spider prevention tips:

  • Keep dark storage areas like closets, basements, sheds, and garages free of the clutter that brown recluse spiders like to hide in.
  • Place woodpiles away from the outside perimeter of your house.
  • Remove brush piles, construction debris, and fallen trees from your yard.
  • Place door sweeps on all exterior doors.
  • Find where pipes and other utilities are entering your home; if there is an gap around them, use an appropriate material to seal the space.
  • Don’t overplant flowers, shrubs, and bushes right next to the outside of your home. Dense vegetation provides brown widow spiders with dark, quiet places to build their webs and hunt their prey near your home.