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How to Eliminate Brown Recluse Spiders

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By Johnny Bevers

If you’re looking to kill the poisonous brown recluse, here’s some great information on what they look like, where they live, and how to permanently rid yourself of them to protect you and your family.  Brown recluse spiders are small, sandy brown spiders that commonly have a violin shaped mark on their head.  Hence, their other name: Violin or fiddle spider.  If you live in the United States and especially in an area such as Texas or Arkansas, then you’ll have heard of them; and probably not in glowing terms!  So, do they deserve their fearsome reputation, or are they unfairly maligned?  What happens if one bites you?  Do you need to be rushed to hospital immediately?  How do you rid your house of them once they’ve moved in?  We’ll look at these, and more, questions as we attempt to undercover the truth behind the brown recluse spider.

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Where Do You Find Them?

You can find brown recluse spiders all over the south-central and the Midwestern United States.  So we are talking about the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,  Michigan, Minnesota,  Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  If you are living in any of these states, then there is a high chance you may have seen one of these spiders in the past.  As the name suggests (recluse, from reclusive) they are quite timid spiders and do their best to hide away.  Their native environment is rotting tree bark, but they also like wood piles, cupboards, drawers that are infrequently used, basements, sheds, old clothes that have been left lying around, in the corners of rooms that are infrequently used and old cardboard boxes; really, anywhere quiet where they are unlikely to be disturbed.  If you are seeing them regularly around the house, then you need to think about eliminating them; their shy nature means that they generally hide away, so, like mice, if you see one, there’s more!recluse compared to size of quarter

How Can You Identify Brown Recluse Spiders?

Well, firstly check whether you are in one of the states listed above!  You are very unlikely to see a brown recluse spider outside these areas.  Next, have a look around for any webs.  Brown recluse spiders make a messy, asymmetrical web; just a tangle of thread really.  Next, have a look at the spider itself.  Does it have that classic violin shaped mark on its head?  Is it a sandy-brown color?  Is it quite small; between a quarter and three quarters of an inch?  Does it, unlike most other ve answered yes to all these questions, then it t panic, s not going to leap at you!

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What Happens If You Get Bitten By Brown Recluse Spider?

Firstly, it is quite unlikely you will get bitten by one as they are by nature shy and reclusive.  If you do get bitten, the chances are it is because you have stepped on one, rolled over on one, or its got entangled in your clothing somehow; they will only really bite when they feel scared and threatened.  However, if you do get bitten, seek medical attention, really just to be on the safe side.  If a young child or old person is bitten, seek medical attention as a matter of urgency.

So what exactly happens if you are bitten?  Well, probably not a lot.  It really depends on your sensitivity levels and how much venom has been injected.  In the majority of cases, those bitten experience a small measure of discomfort at the bite point, either immediately or after some time.  This bite usually leaves a small red mark which fades over time and leaves no scaring.  The bite may be so slight that you will not even realize you’ve been bitten until several hours later when you notice a slight red mark that you can’t account for.

Those more sensitive to these spiders’ bites may be left with a white blister which in turn changes into a lesion.  This lesion will be hard and a bluish color surrounded by red, angry, sore skin.  In extreme cases the flesh may even become susceptible to gangrene.  It is extremely unlikely to reach this stage but is one of the reasons you should seek medical attention after a bite.  Those few people who are even more sensitive to the spider’s venom may experience nausea, headaches, fever, vomiting and, in very extreme cases, death.  Death usually occurs in the very young or the very infirm.

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How To Keep Them Out Of The House

You should firstly attempt to identify how many spiders you have in the house.  If you see one every few weeks for example, then this is a relatively small problem that you may be able to handle yourself.  If you are seeing one much more frequently than this, then it’s time to call a specialized pest exterminators such as Orkin Pest Control.

So, let’s say it’s a relatively minor infestation.  Remember that these spiders don’t like coming into contact with humans so if you can eliminate their hiding places then you will most likely eliminate the spider as well.  Start by getting rid of all clutter in and around your property.  So, no woodpiles leant against the house, no piles of old magazines left in a corner for months on end, no cardboard boxes thrown into the spare bedroom and forgotten about and so on.  Consider replacing old storage containers that spiders may be able to enter with new ones that seal tight.  Vacuum and dust thoroughly, removing any cobwebs you see and making sure to clean behind sofas, under beds, in forgotten cabinets  and anywhere else that a brown recluse might like to hide.  Next, examine your house for any entry points that spiders may be using.  Windows that don’t shut properly, gaps under doors and so on.  Seal these entry points carefully.  Now place glue traps around the house.  These are easily found at your local hardware store and do a great job of trapping spiders and other creepy crawlies you might have in the house.  Put these traps along walls, in corners, under beds and cabinets; just about anywhere you would think a spider might creep around at night, when human activity is slight.  Keep replacing these traps until you are no longer catching spiders.  You should continue cleaning and dusting your house regularly and continue laying the traps until you are convinced none of the little critters remain.  If you can’t seem to eliminate them in this way, then it is time to call in the experts who will have to resort to chemical solutions to eliminate the spiders from your house.brown recluseBrown recluse spiders certainly aren’t as dangerous as you may think from the horror stories that abound.  But they should be treated with caution, and you don’t want them in the house, especially if you have children or an aging relative living with you.  Keeping your clutter to a minimum and cleaning the house regularly will go a long way towards preventing an infestation before it occurs, as will laying the glue traps mentioned about.  For peace of mind, more than anything else, seek medical attention if you or anyone in the household is bitten.

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