Brown Recluse Spider Identification & Prevention

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Frequently Asked Questions About Brown Recluse Spiders

What are brown recluse spiders?

The brown recluse spider is one of the few dangerous spiders that call the United States home. Like all spiders, brown recluse spiders have two body segments, eight legs, and lack antennae and wings. 

We recognize brown recluse spiders by their long, thin legs, brown color, and the darker violin-like marking running from the base of their heads and down their back. Additionally, their eyes are unique from most other species of spiders. Brown recluse spiders only have six eyes instead of the typical eight.

The Pasadena spider control experts at Accutech Pest Management are committed to helping you learn about these pests, including how to keep them away from your home and family.

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Are brown recluse spiders dangerous?

The brown recluse is a type of spider in Pasadena you need to act against as soon as you discover it in or around your home. All spiders possess venom that they use to paralyze their insect prey. The majority of spiders in the United States only have venom potent enough to affect their insect prey, not people. However, if bitten by a brown recluse spider, their venom can cause serious health consequences in people and pets. 

Often, a brown recluse spider bite results in necrosis of the tissue around the bite site. The ulcerated skin is typically challenging to heal and prone to infection. The first symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite can include redness around the bite site, a rash, dizziness, fever, and difficulty breathing. Contact a healthcare professional at any inkling that you or a family member has been on the receiving end of a brown recluse spider bite.

Why do I have a brown recluse spider problem?

Brown recluse spiders in Maryland will find their way to any property that offers them dark, quiet spaces to hide and build their webs and plenty of access to their insect prey. Our lawns, gardens, flowerbeds, and outbuildings often provide these spiders a perfect place to call home. While these spiders prefer to live outside, they are sometimes transported into houses on things like firewood and flowerpots. They may also get inside your home while chasing after their insect prey. The more insect activity you have in your yard or house, the more predatory spiders will call your property home.

Where will I find brown recluse spiders?

Brown recluse spiders create messy, irregularly shaped webs at or near ground level. They are naturally shy and reclusive and like to hang out in quiet places away from humans. Some of their most common hangouts include:

  • Garages and sheds
  • Attics
  • Vents
  • Crawlspaces
  • Under steps, decks, or patios
  • Potted plants
  • Storage boxes
  • Folded towels and clothing
  • Bedding

Because brown recluse spiders like to hang out in dark places, contact with these spiders is usually accidental. Most bites from these spiders occur after someone unknowingly reaches into one of their dark hiding spots.

How do I get rid of brown recluse spiders?

Accutech Pest Management can help you get rid of brown recluse spiders from your Pasadena or central Maryland property. Our professionals will find and safely remove all the brown recluse spiders on your property and perform the services necessary to ensure they won’t return. Through our customized home pest control process, we will treat and control the spiders on your property, along with the insects that are likely attracting them. At any sighting of brown recluse spiders in or around your home, immediately reach out for help.

How can I prevent brown recluse spiders in the future?

Use the following brown recluse spider prevention tips to make your yard and home less attractive to these pests:

  • Reduce clutter from near your home that brown recluse spiders like to hide within. 
  • Cut back shrubs and bushes from your home’s windows and doors.
  • Seal spaces around wires and other utilities entering your home. 
  • Keep firewood piles up off the ground and away from your home’s exterior. 
  • Avoid keeping house, garage, or shed doors open for long periods.
  • Seal cracks and crevices in your home’s exterior that may provide brown recluse spiders with entry points.

For the most effective spider control in Pasadena, Maryland, call us at Accutech Pest Management. We will help remove unwanted, dangerous spiders from your property.

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