Brown Recluse Spiders are one of the most common spiders found in Texas and throughout the south. While they won’t go out of their way to harm you, they are considered a dangerous pest due to their venomous bites, which can result in a variety of nasty symptoms, even death. Because of this potential threat, people have a lot of questions about them. Holder’s is here to give you the lowdown on the brown recluse spider.

 

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Are brown recluse spiders dangerous?

As indicated, yes, brown recluse spiders are dangerous. This is due to the fact that they, along with only four other spider species in the U.S., have a venomous bite that have the potential to be very harmful to humans. Although it is extremely rare, the brown recluse spider’s bite can even result in death. Symptoms vary in degree, but are usually mild. Bites usually happen when putting on seldom used clothes, cleaning out storage, or rolling on the spider in bed.

What are the symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite?

The initial bite of a brown recluse spider is usually painless and goes unnoticed. However, after several hours (2-8) you may see anywhere from mild to intense pain accompanied by itching. In rare cases, individuals experience necrosis – a serious condition where lesions on the skin form as surrounding tissue dies. And, of course, in the most extreme cases the bite results in death. If you think you have been bit by a brown recluse spider, seek immediate medical attention.

Do brown recluse spiders live in your house?

Unfortunately, brown recluse spiders enjoy our homes as much as we do. They typically hide in dark corners in your basement, attic and under furniture or boxes. In order to keep them out of the house, try to limit the possibility of these hiding places by decluttering your home, vacuuming and tightly sealing stored objects. They are also a known outdoor species, and typically build their webs at or near ground level.

How can I tell it’s a brown recluse spider?

Identifying a brown recluse spider can be a bit tricky because their bodies are indiscernible from many other spiders. However, they do have a unique feature – a dark violin-like marking on their dorsum, hence their fiddleback/violin spider nickname. Their color ranges from a light tan to a dark brown and they are roughly 1/4-1/2” in body length.

What to do if you think you have brown recluse spiders?

Whether you’re afraid of spiders or not, you can’t take your chances with the brown recluse. If you’re concerned about a brown recluse problem call a professional for help. Contact Holder’s Pest Solutions today for more information!