Is Your Home Protected Against Brown Recluse Spiders for 2019?
For most of us, no matter where we live or what time of year it is, we get used to seeing spiders on a regular basis. Whether they’re building webs in our gardens, hanging around our porch lights waiting for a snack, or crawling along the wall of our bedroom, we know they’re there. While spiders can be problematic in a number of ways, most spiders are more of a nuisance than anything else. However, some are much more than a nuisance. It is important to protect your home and family against brown recluse spiders any time of year. Here’s how to do it.
How to Identify a Brown Recluse Spider
As their name indicates, brown recluse spiders are light brown in color. Their most well-known identifying feature is the darker, violin shape on their backs, just behind their eyes. However, this shape develops as they get older, so it may not be noticeable on younger spiders.
Another way to identify a brown recluse is by looking at its eyes. Unlike most spiders, it has only six eyes instead of eight, and they’re arranged in three sets of two.
Of course, this information is only good if you have an opportunity to get a good look at the spider before you come in contact with it. Brown recluse spiders are not typically going to be out in the open, so it is unlikely that you’ll be able to identify it until, perhaps, after the damage has been done.
The Danger Brown Recluse Spiders Cause
While rare, the type of contact you might have with a brown recluse will come in the form of a bite. They prefer to live in secluded spots, so if, for instance, one lives behind some boxes in your basement, you might be in for a shock when you go to retrieve one of those boxes and end up startling the brown recluse. Although its first instinct is to run, it will bite if it feels threatened and has no other choice. If you have a chance to identify the spider after the bite, it can be very helpful if you end up needing medical attention. Brown recluse spiders are poisonous and their venom can cause necrosis of the skin around the site of the bite.
When Brown Recluse Spiders are Active
Brown recluse spiders are active year-round, though you’ll rarely see them. They are most active at night and spend their days hidden away. Outdoors this might be in a woodpile or an outbuilding, or in the eaves of your home. Indoors, they may be hiding in storage areas, within cardboard boxes, or in wall voids.
Although they can survive in cool temperatures, it’s likely that they’ll make their way indoors during the colder winter months.
Prevention Steps to Take
There are certain things you can do to prevent brown recluse spiders from choosing your home as theirs.
- Minimize hiding places. Think about the areas in and around your home that provide shelter. Eliminate these areas. Woodpiles outside and cluttered storage areas inside are two major hiding spots for brown recluse spiders.
- Inspect items before bringing them into your home. Brown recluse spiders often move from place to place by ‘hitchhiking’ on or in items such as furniture or boxes. It is vital to check these items for spiders before bringing them into your home.
- Seal up openings into your home. Cracks in your foundation, gaps around doors and windows, tears in screens, and holes in your siding are all areas that make it easy for spiders to get inside.
What to Do About a Brown Recluse Infestation
If you see a brown recluse spider in your home, the best thing to do is call a professional pest control company. The females can lay up to 150 eggs every year, so even if you only see one spider, you may have a much larger problem on your hands.
Most spider infestations require a carefully executed treatment plan that will eliminate the entire population, not just the ones that you can easily find. This plan will also work to ensure spiders don’t return.
Schendel Pest Services has the experience and knowledge to treat your brown recluse problem and keep your home safe. We also offer year-round treatment plans to ensure that brown recluse spiders never get inside in the first place. Give us a call to learn more about our services.