large brown recluse spider in knoxville

How To Identify Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown recluse spiders are most easily identified by the violin shaped pattern on the top of their body. They also have three pairs of eyes that are organized in a unique semi-circle pattern. Brown recluse spiders range in color from light to dark brown, have a round body, long legs, and grow to be ¼- ½ inch in length.

Why Do I Have A Brown Recluse Spider Problem?

Brown recluse spiders can be found living on your property in leaf piles, woodpiles, garages, and sheds. They move inside of homes while searching for prey and shelter. Inside they hide in quiet undisturbed areas like closets, stored clothing, basements, attics, crawl spaces, and underneath furniture.

Are Brown Recluse Spiders Dangerous?

Yes, brown recluse spiders are considered to be dangerous because they are a venomous species. While brown recluse spiders are poisonous they are not aggressive and usually only bite if they are being squished, directly handled or threatened. The bite site will ulcerate and the necrosis of the tissue can take weeks to months to heal. Fever, restlessness, and trouble sleeping are other common symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite. If you are bitten or think you may have been bitten by a brown recluse spider you should seek medical attention.

How Do I Control Brown Recluse Spiders?

Controlling brown recluse spiders can be difficult because they hide in dark and hard to reach areas of your home. The best way to get rid of these poisonous spiders is to contact Russell's Pest Control.  

Brown Recluse Prevention Tips

The best way to prevent brown recluse spiders is to stop them from entering into your home. This is done by sealing or fixing all possible entry points. Inside your home you should keep clutter to a minimum in storage areas and make sure not to leave clothing and shoes in piles on the floor. Before putting on clothing that has been stored for some time it is best to shake it out.


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