Pest Control Brown Recluse Spiders – Control and Prevention

Pest control brown recluse spiders in the Midwest have long been an issue for exterminators to deal with. 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 provocation to bite.pest-control-Brown-Recluse-Spider-Expert-Pest-Control-Springfield-MO

Some spiders eat other spiders and insects so can be beneficial to the home in a small way. Further, they are also an important part of the ecological system. But some spiders, in particular, the brown recluse, have a poisonous bite and should be taken very seriously.

Pest Control Brown Recluse Spiders: A Dangerous Insect

The brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa, Sicariidae), is one of only three venomous spiders found in North America. It injects a necrotic venom. Very importantly, a pest control specialist should be contacted immediately when someone has been bitten.

The necrotic venom that a brown recluse possesses is several times more poisonous than several venomous snakes. Although the spider has tiny fangs that aren’t capable of injecting the same amount of poison like a snake, its bite can still inject enough venom to require medical attention.

Pest Control Brown Recluse Spiders: Habitat

As their name suggests, brown recluse spiders are by nature shy and reclusive. They tend to live in clusters, and when you see one, you can be sure there are many more that you don’t see.

The brown recluse prefers to live indoors, nesting in dark places like attics, crawl spaces, garages, and heating ducts. Additionally, the brown recluse can often be found behind baseboards, inside closets, and inside crevices. The brown recluse can survive just as well outdoors in sheds and woodpiles.

Pest Control Brown Recluse Spiders: Identification

This particular species is unique because unlike most spiders that have eight eyes, the brown recluse only has six eyes. As the name implies, it is brown in color – the body and the legs. A violin-shaped mark on it’s back that is a darker color makes the brown recluse relatively easy to identify. In addition, while some spiders have ‘spine-like’ markings on their legs, the brown recluse has several fine hairs.

Pest Control Brown Recluse Spiders: Prevention

The first step to preventing a brown recluse infestation is to gain knowledge – learn the basic details, how to identify them and the potential threats. If bitten, seek medical attention immediately as a bite from the brown recluse spider, in addition to being painful, can cause extensive tissue damage when left untreated.

There are several protective actions you can take to avoid contact with brown recluse spiders. 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:

  • Keep tall grass and thick vegetation away from the foundation and outside perimeter of your home.
  • Before bringing items that have been stored in outdoors 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.

In addition, you should take steps to prevent other pests (e.g. ants, moths and flies) as they are a source of food for spiders.

Pest Control Brown Recluse Spiders: Expert Pest Solutions

An infestation of brown recluse spiders can be very difficult to manage and should be handled by a professional pest control provider.

When Expert Pest Solutions in the greater Springfield is called for pest control brown recluse services, we perform a thorough inspection, inside and out, ensuring no pest related issues are present. We will identify any conditions that may exist that would increase the risk of future pest problems. Pest control brown recluse at your home during the fall months is necessary for lasting protection through the winter. Call today to schedule pest control brown recluse spider.



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