Brown Recluse Spider Bites

Do brown recluse spiders bite?

Yes.  They do not attack people or pets, but bite out of instinct when threatened.  Most often, they bite when accidentally pressed against, such as when a person inadvertently puts their foot in a shoe where a spider is hiding.

Are brown recluse spiders poisonous?

Yes.  Brown recluse spiders are poisonous and their bites cause a minor reaction to most.  Some, like children under the age of 7 or people with compromised immune systems, can have more severe reactions.  Most common symptoms are redness and pain at the injection site within a few hours, followed by itching and possibly nausea.  Some people develop a painful necrotic lesion from a bite. 

What should I do if I think I've been bitten by a brown recluse spider?


If you think you've been bitten by a brown recluse spider, stay calm.  Apply ice to the wound to reduce swelling, and if possible, capture the spider and keep it in a jar for identification later.  Most brown recluse bites resolve themselves without medical attention.  You may not notice much of a reaction for several hours.  After about 4 hours you may begin to feel the effects of the bite, like a burning or aching sensation at the area of injection.  You may also feel some minor flu-like symptoms such as nausea, fever or vomiting.  Seek medical care if these symptoms do not improve or if your wound becomes a lesion.  After you’ve taken care of yourself, call a pest control professional like Ace Walco and rid your home of brown recluse spiders.

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