How to get rid of Brown Recluse Spiders: No matter the time of year, it is not uncommon to encounter the occasional spider in your home. One of the most persistent species homeowners can have in their home in the brown recluse spider, which tends to love those hidden places in your home. If you would like to learn more about this kind of spider and how to avoid them, be sure to read the information below.
What Are Brown Recluse Spiders?
As the name suggests, the brown recluse spider is characterized by its brown appearance. It also has some violin-shaped markings on the head and thorax, although these can vary depending on the age of the spider and its geographic location. Still, one of the most unique characteristics of the brown recluse is its eye, since it only has six opposed to the usual eight detected in spiders.
Some areas are more prone to have brown recluse spiders in the environment. Common areas where brown recluse spiders are found include Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska.
How Do I Get Rid Of Brown Recluse Spiders In My Home?
There are some measures you can take against brown recluse spiders. Apex Pest Control can provide you with some product solutions against brown recluse spiders. Of course, you can take further measures by making your home less appealing to brown recluse spiders. For more information on how to do that, please read our info below.
One of the first steps to avoid a brown recluse spider infestation is to eliminate some of the places these spiders love to hide. Look for spots in your home that do not encounter lots of foot traffic and are relatively hidden from the hustle and bustle from your home. You should also check for any small gaps in the exterior of your home, as these can make it easier for brown recluse spiders to infest your home.
Homeowners should also regularly inspect their home for any brown recluse spider infestations. As these spiders are venomous, you should take special measures during such inspection and contact Apex Pest Control if you believe you have an infestation. Below, we will explain a little further on how to execute an inspection safely.
How Do I Inspect My Home For Brown Recluse Spiders?
Before you start inspecting for brown recluse spiders, always make sure you are wearing appropriate, protective clothing. Always wear long trousers and a top with long sleeves. You should also wear gloves for the inspection; this to protect your hand against spider bites.
To determine if you have any brown recluse spiders in your home, you will require a flashlight as well. These spiders tend to stay in hidden, dark places, so it could be hard to detect anything without some additional lighting.
While brown recluse spiders can make their home anywhere in your house, there are certain areas of the home they are more likely to hide. These areas include basements and closets. They could also be hiding in toy boxes, furniture, storage closets, and similar locations.
An infestation can be noticeable through cobwebs as well. The cobweb of a brown recluse spider tends to be quite irregular and are often hidden between clutter and underneath insulation material. However, it is interesting to know that these spiders will not use their webs to hunt for food. Instead, the web is used to hold the spider's eggs.
How Can I Avoid Getting Bitten By A Brown Recluse Spider?
If you encounter brown recluse spiders quite regularly inside our outside your home, there are some small measures you can take to avoid getting bitten. Here are some of our top tips to avoid a bite from the brown recluse.
It is important to remember that a brown recluse spider will only attack when it gets disturbed. For example, if you disturb a brown recluse in its hiding spot, it is more likely to attack. This is also one of the reasons why it is so important to do a regular check for the brown recluse.
Since brown recluse spiders can hide in clothing and bed linen, always shake out any fabrics before you get dressed or before you get in bed; this especially applied if you had a brown recluse spider infestation in the past. If you currently have an infestation, check all clothing and linen and place them in a sealed bag to avoid future infestation.
When handling certain things in your home, it could be a good idea to start wearing gloves; this includes things such as firewood, outdoor shrubbery, and more. When encountering an infestation, one should wear gloves for fabric items inside the home too.
Do I Need To Look At The Outside Environment Too?
Preparing your outside environment to avoid brown recluse spider infestations is always a good idea. For example, it is a good idea to keep certain things a little further away from your home; this to avoid a brown recluse spider hiding in it. Piles or rocks, debris, and piles of wood are all attractive locations for the brown recluse. Therefore, always try to remove these items so they do not end up in your home.