The Brown Recluse Spider is a spider that can be found all over the united states, and Conroe TX is no exception! The Brown Recluse has a distinct violin shape on its back which makes for an easy way to identify them. But this involves getting rather close to the spider in question to properly identify! This is not something we at CPL Pest Control recommend. Like any arachnid, the Brown Recluse Spider can jump! So be careful if you are trying to identify a spider. They are often harmless to humans but can get bitten if threatened or startled (usually resulting in minor damage). However there is also a global variant of the brown recluse spider which is considered very dangerous, causing severe damage when it bites (including an inch long scar in some cases).
Unfortunately, this global variant has been found in Conroe, TX! Seven have been spotted so far this winter! If you find one, don’t kill it yourself, but call CPL Pest Control to take care of the problem! In this article, we’ll discuss how to distinguish a brown recluse from other spiders, what attracts brown recluses, and what you can do to ensure your home stays safe from brown recluse spiders! Let’s get started!
What Attracts Brown Recluse Spiders?
Brown recluse spiders are attracted to dark, secluded areas indoors. They prefer to remain in higher places where they can survey their surroundings, making the higher places in your home prime locations for them to lie in wait. They are also attracted to piles of clothes or clutter where they can easily hide. So if you have dark closets or drawers in your home, brown recluses are more likely to be there.
What Do Brown Recluse Spiders Look Like
Brown recluse spiders are typically anywhere from 6-20mm in length. They have a brownish carapace on their backs, and their legs are typically the same color as their carapace. They have six eyes rather than eight like most spiders do, and they have a distinctive violin shape on their back.
How Does Regular Pest Control Maintenance Affect Brown Recluse Population?
Brown recluse spiders are not typically found in areas that are frequently cleaned, as they prefer dark corners and high-up places. If you have them in your home, it is typically because you have not been cleaning up after yourself or somebody else has left things undisturbed that they have made their home in. In addition, brown recluse spiders, like all spiders enjoy a healthy appetite for insects. Thus, the fewer insects you have in your home, the less advantageous it is for any spiders, not just the brown recluse spider to nest in your home.
Who Would a Brown Recluse Spider Bite?
Brown recluse spiders typically only bite when they are provoked or disturbed, which is why they do not typically bite humans. If a brown recluse bites you it is likely because either your clothes have brushed up against them or their hiding place has been discovered.
What Happens if a Brown Recluse Spider Bites You?
If you get bitten, it’s usually nothing more than a minor itch that lasts anywhere from a few hours to a day or two. If you’ve been bitten, ice the area and keep it clean. If you notice any signs of infection or the bite is very painful, seek medical attention immediately.
Can I Get Sick if a Brown Recluse Spider Bites Me?
If you get bitten by a brown recluse they typically don’t inject much venom at all. Although rare, it is possible to get sick from a brown recluse bite, especially if the venom becomes necrotic.
How to Keep Brown Recluse Spiders Out of Your Home
To keep brown recluses out of your home, you need to clean up any clutter or cluttered areas. Make sure to get rid of any boxes or piles of clothes. If you have dark closets, make sure they are well lit and cleaned regularly. Do not leave bed sheets, towels, or clothes on the floor. All of these things can make a brown recluse’s ideal hiding place.
Myths Concerning The Brown Recluse Spider
A lot of myths surround the brown recluse spider. The first is that they are not found in Texas (they are). Another myth is that they are extremely venomous. Yes, the brown recluse spider typically does not inject a lot of venoms when it bites, but it can be dangerous and result in a scar. Also, they do not live mainly underground as some myths say (they prefer higher places).
What Should I Do If I See a Brown Recluse Spider?
If you see a brown recluse spider, you should call CPL Pest Control immediately! We promise to make your home spider-free! By making your home spider-free, you can rest easy at night knowing no eight-legged monsters are waiting to pounce! So give us a call today for your FREE Consultation and Quote! Call 281-683-6737, as always ask for Chris!
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