Brown 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.