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What Every Denton Resident Ought To Know About Brown Recluse Spiders

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Brown Recluse Spider crawling on a wall.

When it comes to pests, some of the most feared are spiders. These pests fill some people with dread, and many have severe fears and phobias of these arachnids. Many common spiders that Denton residents encounter in their homes are harmless and can even be beneficial to have around. However, there are some spiders that can pose health risks to humans. The brown recluse spider is a venomous species. The fact that their bites can cause harm to humans along with their rather terrifying appearance makes the brown recluse one pest that should be feared.

The first step to addressing brown recluse infestations is to know how to recognize them. They are often misidentified species that can look like other kinds of spiders. There are some distinct characteristics that can let you know you’re dealing with a brown recluse spider.

  • They are a light to dark brown color, but their main identifying characteristic is that they have a dark brown marking on their back that looks like a violin.
  • They have long and narrow legs.
  • They have two appendages coming out of their mouth that look almost like fangs.

What Attracts Brown Recluse Spiders?

Another way to identify this species of spider is to know about their behavior. This can also help you look out for these pests and avoid their bites. They are known for being sneaky or secretive in behavior and are attracted to dry, dark places including basements and closets. They tend to stick to areas where they aren’t likely to be disturbed. They also build their nests in dark corners such as under debris or inside boxes.
The brown recluse can also be attracted to a home that is infested by certain insects. They usually eat small insects such as cockroaches and crickets, so if you have these in your home you are more likely to find brown recluse spiders.

How Much Of A Risk Are They To Humans?

The main reason that Denton homeowners want to eliminate these spiders as quickly as possible is because of the risks their bites pose. In most cases, brown recluse spiders only bite when they feel trapped or threatened. But, because of their tendency to hide and build nests in boxes and corners, you could disturb them without even knowing it. Their bites can post mild to severe reactions with the venom they inject. The possible effects of the bites include:

  • Necrosis or dead tissue
  • Healing process that takes weeks 
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Difficult healing for immunocompromised people

Getting Rid Of Brown Recluse Spiders

Dealing with venomous spiders on your own can be dangerous and scary, so the most effective way to prevent and eliminate the brown recluse is to contact the professionals at Adams Exterminating Company. With free estimates and over 70 years of experience, you can trust our experienced technicians to get rid of brown recluse spiders as well as the pests they feed on.

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