Baldwyn's Guide To Effective Brown Recluse Spider Control

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Encountering a spider around your Baldwyne property is extremely disgusting and upsetting. Even if you’re not particularly scared of these arachnids, they are still strange to look at and can seem scarier than they really are. The truth is that the majority of spiders in Baldwyne are nuisance pests that can’t harm people, but there are a couple of exceptions to this rule.

The brown recluse spider is one of only two spiders in the United States that is considered medically significant to humans with the other being the black widow spider. While all spider species have fangs and venom, most don’t have potent enough venom to hurt you, but the brown recluse can.

The other difficult thing about brown recluse spiders is that they are difficult spiders to identify. They are often mistaken for other species such as the funnel-web spider and the wolf spider. However, there are a few key characteristics to look for. Brown recluse spiders are a light tan color with a figure-eight shaped marking behind their heads. They can also be identified by the fact that they don’t have any markings on their legs.

How Dangerous Are Brown Recluse Spiders?

While brown recluse spiders don’t always bite, they will if they feel threatened, but because they often build nests in places like boxes and corners, you could disturb them without realizing it.

The severity of the bite and the symptoms varies from person to person, but the venom of a brown recluse can cause many health problems including tissue necrosis, allergic reactions, nausea, fever, and chills.

The bite mark itself can also vary, but the site usually begins to turn red and swell a little after a few hours, and a small, white blister might form. If you even suspect you’ve been bitten by a brown recluse, seek medical attention right away.

Tips For Preventing Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown recluse spiders mostly want to stay out of the way, and they usually spin webs in dark corners, in boxes, or under debris. They prefer dry areas such as basements and closets, and they are known for being rather sneaky and secretive making them hard to notice at first.

The main way to go about preventing the brown recluse, as well as other spider species, is to focus on general pest prevention. Spiders are attracted to a home or business because they are looking for prey, so you can take steps to keep both spiders and other insects away. Here are a few of the best ways to do so:

  • Prevent pests by cleaning up food and drink spills right away and keeping kitchen areas cleaned.
  • Always keep garbage cans covered with lids and take out the trash on a regular basis.
  • Many pests are also attracted to humidity, so use dehumidifiers and make sure to fix leaky plumbing.
  • Make it harder for spiders and their prey to get inside by sealing up entry points. You Can start by fixing broken screens and then make sure to seal up any holes in the walls and foundation using foam and caulk.

The Best Way To Control Brown Recluse Spiders

Taking steps on your own to prevent spiders can decrease the risk of an infestation, but it can be difficult to completely remove and control spiders and their prey without assistance. The most effective and safest way to keep these dangerous spiders from getting inside is through help from the experts at McCary Pest Control.

Learn more about our residential and commercial pest control plans by giving us a call or sending us a message online.