Brown Recluse Spiders

What does a brown recluse spider look like?

Brown recluse spiders are large.  Their bodies are over 1/2” in diameter and their legs are about an inch long.  They are light brown with a dark brown violin marking on their back.

Do brown recluse spiders bite?

Yes.  They do not attack people or pets, but bite out of instinct when threatened.  Brown recluse spiders are poisonous and their bites cause a minor reaction to most, but 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.  


The brown recluse spider is nocturnal.  It eats bugs like crickets, cockroaches and other insects. They leave their webs at night to hunt, and can be found in shoes, piles of clothing left on the floor, inside dressers or rarely used beds, and other places that are dark and generally undisturbed.  Call an exterminator to get rid of brown recluse spiders.  The treatment is simple and effective and you can have the peace of mind to know your family and pets are safe from a dangerous bite.


The Brown recluse spider likes to live outside in places like wood piles, but often they can be found inside.  Generally they gravitate to places that are dark and undisturbed, like basements, garages, boxes (a special favorite), under baseboards, and even in shoes, piles of clothing or blankets or inside gloves.  A pest control professional can get rid of spiders quickly and effectively.


The venom of the brown recluse spider is poisonous and causes a reaction to people and pets.  If you have noticed spider activity call a pest control company like Ace Walco and they can help you take care of the problem fast.  


As with all pests, the best way to prevent brown recluse spiders from entering your home is to practice exclusion.  

  • Seal off entry points like cracks or holes in the outside of structures
  • Avoid storing firewood inside
  • Don’t keep clothing on the floor.  Instead, store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers
  • Shake out clothes that have been sitting undisturbed before use

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