How Do Brown Recluse Spiders Get Inside?

October 10, 2018


brown recluse spider on a cement wall

Most people have heard of the horrors regarding a bite from a brown recluse spider, how it can cause fever, swelling, and tenderness, which can lead to an ulceration in the skin that can be hard to heal. However, some people don’t know how to identify them. But this is important, especially since these dangerous spiders are found here in Lewisville, TX.

Here are some tips on how to identify brown recluse:

  • Oblong brown abdomens covered in gray hairs
  • Long legs that are darker than their bodies
  • Violin-shaped marking on top of their bodies
  • Three pairs of eyes set in a semi-circle

If you think you have been bitten by a brown recluse spider, you should seek medical attention right away.

Brown recluse spiders usually nest in wood and leaf piles, as well as underneath porches and in outbuildings. They do build webs to hide in, but they do not catch their prey with their webs like other spiders. Brown recluse spiders actually hunt their prey. Sometimes they will find their way inside a home through cracks and crevices around A/C units, utility cable entrances, and other entry points in foundations and exterior walls. Once indoors, they like to hide, to be reclusive, hence the name, recluse. They tend to hide in closets, basements, attics, crawl spaces, behind appliances, under furniture, and even inside shoes, clothing, and blankets.

In the fall, brown recluse are more likely to seek shelter in homes, looking for warmth, food, and shelter. This creates a huge problem when they hide in bedding or clothing left on the floor. Even though they are not aggressive, if they are disturbed, they will bite, and their venom can be extremely dangerous.

It is very important that homeowners prevent brown recluse spiders from entering their home, which will lower the risk of getting a venomous bite. It can be nearly impossible to keep them out of your home completely, and they are a difficult pest to control, which is why you should contact a professional pest control service in your area if you suspect brown recluse spiders in your home.

To get you started, here are a few tips to follow this fall:

  • Seal off all cracks and gaps
  • Use caulking around window and door frames
  • Install door sweeps
  • Keep your home and storage areas clean and clutter free
  • Call on Adams Exterminating Company in Lewisville for assistance

Adams Exterminating Company is committed to assisting folks in the Lewisville area with effective solutions to their brown recluse spider problems. Contact us today for more information!

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