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.

Are Brown Recluse Spiders Dangerous?

If you are seeing brown spiders inside your home and you have determined that they are in fact brown recluse spiders, then it is important to know what you are up against. While some spiders do not do well inside homes and will either die off or go back outside, brown recluse spiders do very well inside. There have been recorded instances where many thousands of brown recluse spiders were found inside homes. Keep this in mind if you have seen even one of these spiders, since they are capable of multiplying rapidly.

And they can be dangerous to humans. These spiders have a venom that can cause necrosis. While rare, a bite from a brown recluse spider can develop into a disfiguring wound. While most bites from these spiders are not severe, it is best to seek medical attention if a bite occurs, just to be safe.

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. 

How Adams Exterminating Company Can Help

While it is rare for brown recluse spiders to bite because they are so reclusive, it is possible to get bitten if you are not careful. If you have seen these spiders in your home, be very careful to shake out shoes or clothing before putting them on, and check carefully under your sheets before sliding into bed at night.

If you would rather not have to live in fear of these spiders growing their populations inside your wall voids and possibly biting family members, then reach out to Adams Exterminating Company. We will send a licensed pest control professional out to do an inspection and perform treatments to address a brown recluse infestation. Don't live in fear, reach out to us today. We can help!

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