Brown Recluse Spiders

Loxosceles reclusa
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What do brown recluse spiders look like?

brown recluse spider inside a new jersey home

Adult brown recluse spiders, depending on their exact species, can range in color from a yellowish-gray to dark black. Their abdomen is covered in gray hairs and their long legs are darker than their body. Their bodies grow to between ¼ and 3/8 of an inch in length, and their leg span reaches between 1 and 1 ½ inches. Other distinctive features of the brown recluse spider include the “violin-like” pattern that is found on the top of their body and their 3 pairs of eyes that are arranged in a semi-circle.

Are brown recluse spiders dangerous?

Brown recluse spiders can be very dangerous if they decide to bite! Like the black widow, the brown recluse is a venomous spider. The venom that they inject causes pain and itching at the bite site and can cause the tissue around the bite to ulcerate and die. It can take months for the skin around a bite to heal. It is important that you seek immediate attention from your health care provider if you think you have been bitten by a brown recluse spider. The good news when it comes to these spiders is that while they are dangerous, they are not aggressive and generally only bite if they are being directly threatened.

Why do I have brown recluse spiders?

As their name suggests, brown recluse spiders are reclusive in nature and seek out quiet, dark places to live. Outside, they can be found hiding out in wood piles and sheds, under leaf piles, and underneath logs. They often enter homes while foraging for food or to seek safe shelter; closets, basements, attics, cabinets, and quiet storage areas can all attract brown recluse spiders.

How do I control brown recluse spiders?

If you have discovered brown recluse spiders lurking about, you should contact a pest control company for professional remediation. Extreme care should be taken around these venomous arachnids. Highly trained pest control technicians know the dangers associated with the pests, know where to look for them and have the latest pest control products and methods to exterminate brown recluse spiders.  For brown recluse spider control in New Jersey, contact Arrow Pest Control. 

What can I do to prevent brown recluse spider infestations?

At Arrow Pest Control, we recommend making your home and property less appealing to pests. To accomplish this, try implementing the follow pest prevention tips:

  • Remove piles of debris from your property.
  • Place woodpiles a distance away from the outside of your home.
  • Seal cracks in the foundation of your home and caulk gaps around windows and doors.
  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors and make sure that screens are intact.
  • Keep outbuilding (sheds, garages) doors closed when they are not in use.
  • Keep storage areas inside your home as clutter free and organized as possible.
  • Implement an ongoing home pest control program that eliminates insects that brown recluse prey on.
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