Pest Control Brown Recluse and Black Widow – Prevention Tips

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Pest control brown recluse spiders in the Midwest have long been an issue for exterminators to deal with. Brown recluses are some of the deadliest spiders in Missouri. There are many different species of spiders in our area, but not all are a danger to humans and animals. The brown recluse isn’t normally aggressive in its behavior; however, it will bite when provoked. Unfortunately, anything that moves can be perceived as a threat and as a provocation to bite. When you need to pest control brown recluse spiders – contact the professionals at Expert Pest Solutions today! 

Although most spiders are harmless, they are still not something you want crawling around in your home. Pest control brown recluse spiders are the safest option for you and your family. Brown recluse spiders are easily recognized by the violin-shaped marking on the back, and it has long thin legs that extend up to a half dollar in size. It is a light brown to greyish in color and has only six eyes – unlike other spiders that have eight. The brown recluse is one of only two venomous spiders in the state of Missouri, and it is very common in most households. While they frequently cohabitate with humans with no issues, once a bite does happen, you’re in trouble. Most times you won’t even know you’ve been bitten until the bite becomes inflamed and tender to the touch and the destruction of the skin has become necrotic. Symptoms of a brown recluse bite may include a red area of skin that may form a blister, mild to intense pain and itching for 2-8 hours after the bite and the development of an open sore that develops a week or more after the bite.

Black widow spiders are also one of the most venomous spiders in Missouri, although death from a bite is rare. The black widow spider can be easily identified by its solid, shiny black color with a red hourglass-shaped mark on its underbelly. Most bites are caused when someone reaches into a dark place such as woodpiles, corners of garages or closets, and the like, where the black widow likes to hide. In some cases, a black widow’s bite may produce general muscle aches and nausea. However, their bite can be especially dangerous to small children, someone with a compromised immune system, or someone who is allergic.

There are several protective actions you can take to avoid contact with brown recluse spiders or black widows. Eliminating clutter in storage areas, frequently and thoroughly dusting, and vacuuming around windows, corners of rooms, and under furniture to remove dead insects, spiders, webs, and egg sacs is important to preventing spider infestations. Further suggestions for brown recluse prevention are:
  • Avoid leaving clothing lying around on the floor of the closet, bathroom, or bedroom. 
  • Store seasonal clothing and shoes inside plastic containers.
  • Shake out all items that have been in a laundry hamper before wearing or using them.
  • Knock down all the spider webs you encounter, focusing on the outside of your home.
Making indoor and outdoor areas of your home less spider-friendly can help prevent brown recluse spiders. For example:
  • Keeping tall grass and thick vegetation away from the foundation and outside the perimeter of your home.
  • Before bringing items that have been stored in outdoor structures and garages inside your home, check for spiders and their egg sacs.
  • Doors, windows, and screens are potential entry points for spiders; make sure they fit properly and are tightly sealed.

Our service for pest control brown recluse is a special service resulting from many years of research to find the best products that work. Brown recluses are tricky and don’t leave trails or scents like other pests. Our experts can help! We offer pest control for brown recluse spiders as well as many other common pests such as ants, silverfish, termites, roaches, and rodents. We also serve areas all around the greater Springfield metro including Ozark, Nixa, Republic, Rogersville, and Strafford. If you need professional services to pest control brown recluse spiders – contact Expert Pest Solutions today via our website or phone at (417) 413-4776.