What Wilmington Property Owners Should Know About Brown Recluse Spiders

October 28, 2020

There are pest classes where every single species is a threat. For instance, all bees and wasps carry toxic venom in their stingers. That’s why most folks are terribly afraid of them. It’s often assumed that spiders are similar. People think each one can bite and critically harm them with poison. But this isn’t true. Most spiders are harmless to humans. However, that doesn't mean you want them in your Wilmington home.

brown recluse spider hanging in web

Residents should familiarize themselves with spider subgroups, so they can know when to proceed with caution. Brown recluses are considered one of the most dangerous arachnids. You can learn now about their operation, and how to prevent them with a hand from Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators.

The Appearance, Behavior, & Risks of Brown Recluse Spiders 

Brown recluse spiders are tan or brown. There are some that are yellow-gray. All have gray hairs on their oblong abdomens. On their body is a rather distinct marking that resembles a violin. They vary in size from 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch long. Their legs alone range from 1 to 1 ½ inch long.

Brown recluses favor outdoor settings because they like to breed and live in organic matter, such as wood stacks and piles of leaves. However, exterior buildings provide shelter for them when needed. Examples are sheds and garages. These spiders will also hang out beneath decks. When the sun goes down, it’s time for them to feed on insects. Bugs like grasshoppers, crickets, and roaches are targets. During their hunts is when they’re most likely to enter homes and businesses. They will creep through holes around foundations, utilities, vents, and air conditioning units. Alternatively, they could be in a storage container or box you’re bringing inside. Indoors, they prefer to be in a space that’s dark with low-traffic. Basements, attics, and closets are havens for them. That said, check out your shoes and clothes before putting them on.

Considering that brown recluses eat other critters, you might have a pest problem if these spiders are surrounding your property. If you see one or find their untidy webs, you may have an infestation. Don’t hesitate to seek medical attention if you’re bitten; it’s critical. Issues you might have include:

  • Lesions
  • Skin tenderness, ulceration, and swelling 
  • Scaring  
  • Sleeping challenges 
  • Nausea
  • Fever 
  • Death (rare)

Preventing Brown Recluse Spiders

Although brown recluse spiders are most active during warmer months, they are deemed a year-round pest. It’s always wise to employ prevention techniques, no matter the season:

  • Repair moisture defects, like leaks. 
  • Keep clutter to a minimum.
  • Routinely sweep, vacuum, and dust.
  • Examine boxes, plants, and wood prior to using them indoors.  
  • Fix openings around doors, windows, and foundations.
  • Greenery and wood should be placed far away from the property.  
  • Keep your lawn neat and groomed.
  • Call Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators if you see insects that spiders eat.

Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators Brown Recluse Control

At Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators, we believe that treatment solutions should be highly effective and specific to the pests in question. Our skilled technicians will use products designed to eliminate spiders. You’ll receive comprehensive interior and exterior care, with environmentally-friendly products.

You can rest assured that you’ll receive quality service. We have been in business for over 20 years. We are members of national and state entities in pest control and we have affiliations with commerce and real estate bodies. Call us today for a no-obligation inspection!

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