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What To Do About Brown Recluse Spiders On Your Frisco Property

What's in a name? Is there anything we can learn about brown recluse spiders from their name? Of course there is. We learn that these spiders are brown. And we learn that they are reclusive. (This means that they like to hide and rarely come out in the open.) But do we need to know more about these spiders in order to identify them? Since brown recluse spiders can be dangerous to humans, it is important to be able to distinguish them from other brown spiders that are not dangerous.

How To Identify A Brown Recluse Spider

These brown, reclusive spiders are known for the violin shape on their backs. (Some refer to this as a fiddle shape.) Knowing about this violin shape might make you think that these spiders are easy to identify, but they might not be if you only get a glimpse of one. Here are some details to help you identify the brown spider in your home.

  • Is the spider hairy? If the brown spider you saw was hairy, it is not a brown recluse. Brown recluse spiders are visibly hairless.
  • Does the spider have a variety of colors? If the spider you saw has varying shades of brown, or other colors, then it is not a brown recluse. Other than the violin shape, a brown recluse is going to be uniform in color.
  • Is the spider large? If your spider is larger than a quarter, then it probably is not a brown recluse. Brown recluse spiders are about the size of a quarter when full grown.
  • Does the spider have eight eyes? If it does, then it is not a brown recluse. A brown recluse spider has six eyes.
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Brown Recluse Spider Prevention Tips

If you are concerned about these spiders getting into your home, there are steps you can take to keep them out. Consider the following spider-prevention tips.

  • Remove unnecessary clutter from your yard. Remove weeds, overgrowth, woodpiles, discarded toys, etc. If you cannot remove them completely, move them away from the outside of your home. If spiders come in close to your walls, they will be more likely to get in.
  • Remove webs as you find them. Spider webs may have egg sacs containing hundreds of tiny spiderlings. Whether you find them inside or outside your home, remove them with a broom or web-removal tool and dispose of them properly.
  • Store your trash in containers with tight-fitting lids. Spiders are attracted to other pests and other pests are attracted to food sources found in trash cans.
  • Get rid of moisture on your property. As much as possible, keep your yard dry. Make sure your gutters are working properly, fill in areas in your yard that collect water, trim your landscape vegetation so that it dries out after it rains, and remove items that collect rainwater.
  • Seal exterior entry points. If you have holes in your home, spiders and other pests will find their way inside. Use a caulking gun or a foundation repair kit to seal up gaps, cracks, and holes.
  • Fix or replace screens and door sweeps. Examine all of your screens, especially those that are close to the ground and make sure all are present and in good working order. Do the same with door sweeps.
  • Partner with a professional pest control company. If your home is free of pests that spiders eat, then it stands to reason that spiders will not hang around for very long. 
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Why Choose Adams Exterminating?

  • Trained Entomologists & Service Technicians
    Our team brings a deep understanding of insect biology and behavior to create targeted pest control strategies. We're equipped with the latest techniques and technologies to effectively eliminate pests.
  • Customized Plans for Every Budget
    Recognizing that each space is different, we customize pest control services for every home or business. Our approach involves targeted solutions, addressing specific needs for your environment.
  • Trusted in the Community Since 1947
    With a legacy dating back to 1947, our pest control company brings decades of experience with a proven track record to keep your space critter-free.
  • Locally Owned & Operated
    As a locally owned business with offices in both Denton and Lewisville, we are rooted in the community and dedicated to serving our neighbors with personalized service.


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  • Do you offer pest control to businesses?
    Yes, we offer both residential and commercial pest control. We will work with the needs of your business to ensure that pests are not a problem. Furthermore, we understand the State of Texas’s Health and Safety Codes when it comes to pesticide use and pest control.
  • I have a baby/toddler… is it safe to have treatment?
    While the products we use are toxic to insects, they pose almost no serious risk to people when used properly. However, it is always advisable to be careful when using chemicals around small children, including pesticides. If you have a small child, we recommend staying away from the treatment area while the service is being performed and then wait until the product has dried.
  • Are your services guaranteed?
    We pride ourselves in offering services that solve your pest control problems. Many of our treatments are backed with a service guarantee, so if the problem persists, we will be back to treat again at no extra charge. We plan to continue our trend the impeccable service which resulted in an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Is your treatment safe around pets?
    Our general treatments are safe around dogs and cats – provided they do not intentionally contact or consume applied materials before they have dried. Certain pets, especially aquatic life and reptiles, are especially vulnerable to some pesticides so it is important to be especially careful while treating when these types of pets are present. We recommend these types of pets, in addition to birds, guinea pigs, and other small animals, be kept away from the treatment area until it is safe for them to return.

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