How to Protect Yourself from Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown Recluse SpiderBrown recluse spiders have become a popular topic of conversation in the St. Louis area due to a recent lawsuit involving a spider invasion in a Missouri home. The first step in protecting yourself from these spiders, is knowing what they look like, what an infestation looks like, and possibly, what a bite looks like. But most importantly, you need to know how to make your home less inviting for the brown recluse spiders.

Identify Brown Recluse Infestations

The brown recluse spider is a quick-moving arachnid that has a very distinct look. On the back of the brown spider you can see a shape that looks very much like a violin near the top of the cephalothorax, the middle part of the body closest to the head. The neck of the violin points towards the lower body of the spider. While this marking is clearly visible on adult members of the species, it can be difficult to see on the younger spiders. Unlike other spiders, which have eight eyes, the brown recluse has only six.

How to Identify Brown Recluse Bites

While the spiders are poisonous only a few deaths have been attributed to the brown recluse, fortunately, brown recluse spiders are not typically aggressive. Bites typically occur when the spider finds a cozy spot that is frequented by humans such as a bed or a shoe. Most people recover fully within a few months, but brown recluse bites are something to be taken very seriously and treated immediately. At first, a brown recluse bite will not be painful. It may not even be noticed for the first several hours until the site becomes swollen and painful. A bite may also cause joint pain, fever, nausea and abdominal cramping. The bite site may develop a blister and within a few hours a bull’s eye pattern typically appears, consisting of concentric circles of blue, white and red. Eventually the area may suffer from necrosis and open wounds may appear. If you even suspect a bite may have occurred it is best to seek medical attention immediately.

Treating a Brown Recluse Infestation

If you suspect an infestation, the first step should be to call the St. Louis pest control professionals at Bugs by Brian. You can reach us via e-mail at or by phone at (636) 394-0101. Our experts in brown recluse extermination will evaluate your situation and help you create a plan to eliminate the brown recluse spiders. Immediately thereafter, your next step is to make the home as unattractive as possible for the spiders. Make sure there are no piles of clothing or clutter anywhere in the home as these make excellent homes for the brown recluse. Place glue traps throughout the home in dark areas where the spiders are likely to hide such as under furniture and in closets, and hang tight until Bugs by Brian arrives on the scene.

7 thoughts on “How to Protect Yourself from Brown Recluse Spiders

  1. Brown recluse spiders that are probably the most dangerous spiders that can be found in US and at this time of the year when the temperatures are increasing the numbers of brown recluse spiders are also increasing in many states. With this increase in the number of brown recluse spiders the number of bitten persons by a brown recluse spiders are also increased in these states and this post will surely help people to protect brown recluse spiders that can be very painful and also can cause a real bad infection and wound. Luckily I don’t have to be worried about these spiders as these cannot be found in Florida.

  2. @Michael – You’re very mistaken about brown recluse in Florida. My brother and I recently (7-10 & 7-12, 2012) killed two very large ones in my mothers home in DeBary, Florida. (Part of Central Florida.) They are not as numerous in Florida as say Georgia or Tennessee, but they’ve very definitely are here.

  3. oh my god! I found one that “looks” exactly like it. except…. it has stripes, is very hairy, and does not have a violin shape on it’s back. Please let me know what it is! I washed it down my kitchen sink because that’s where it was when I found it. help! :)

    1. Hi Megan! This spider does not meet any of the Brown Recluse identifying criteria. Therefore, it’s not a brown recluse. It sounds like a common wolf spider, which are occasional invaders in the fall. Very common this time of year. Typically one is harmless, but if you suspect a larger infestation, give me a call, ok?

  4. Very good advice. It’s always wise to take immediate action at the first sign of a possible infestation I have found your post very useful. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Ok so I was up last night cleaning the room my son, my boyfriend, and I have been staying in. It’s a mess. Well there was a bag of clothes under my sons bed that had got dumped out so I went to go put them back in the bag and when I bent down I seen three spiders that look exactly like pictures all over the internet ( I’ve been looking it
    up hardcore) but they just say there and stared at me which was very scary. When I went to pick up the clothes(before knowing what they we’re or anything about them) one of them ran towards my bed one disappeared and one just say there and continued to stare at me. What does that typically mean? It doesn’t help my when my almost 3 month old baby just died of sids. Did the spiders do it, could they?

    1. Bridgette, Thanks for your comment. I hope you found my article helpful. If you suspect even in the slightest that these may be brown recluse spiders, I urge you to contact us right away to schedule an inspection appointment. Our phone number is 636-394-0101. We’d be happy to come out and take a look to see if we can find any signs of a brown recluse infestation. I hope to hear from you soon.

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