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How To Identify The Brown Recluse Spider

How To Identify The Brown Recluse Spider

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Most spider species that will enter the home are fairly harmless. However, there are a few glaring exceptions, one of which is the brown recluse. Brown recluse spiders have very venomous bites, and they are a common household pest. This means that it’s important to be able to identify brown recluse spiders whenever you see them.

General characteristics

The first thing to note about this spider is its color, which ranges from cream to dark brown. Black recluses have light-colored legs without any stripes or bands on them, and a uniformly colored abdomen. Their legs are covered in fine hairs, and their bodies are about ⅜ of an inch in length.

The most distinctive characteristic of this species is the violin on its abdomen, which is dark brown. There are some other spider species that have these violin symbols, but as a rule of thumb, it’s best to just avoid any spider that has this marking. Finally, we have to talk about this spider’s venom, which is a necrotizing agent that will cause painful blisters and open wounds that require medical attention.

What to do if you have a brown recluse infestation

You might come across many species that can be mistaken for a brown recluse, and in all these situations, the best course of action is to call over a pest control pro who will perform an inspection and remove the infestation.

The inspection process is necessary to determine whether you are actually dealing with brown recluses and to find out where their nests are located. Once the infestation is confirmed, the pro will begin to implement certain control methods that will be tailored to your particular situation and budget.

In general, the aim of these control efforts is to either kill the spiders directly, or to draw them out of the nests using baits, and kill them that way. Sometimes, both approaches will be used to ensure that the spider population in the home is thoroughly destroyed. A pro can also implement residual insecticides which will prevent any more spider from entering the home for the foreseeable future.

With this combination of approaches, dangerous spider infestations can be prevented and removed from the building. Contact us today for more information about the control methods that can be used against brown recluses, or if you have a spider infestation that needs to be removed.