September 13, 2019
Avoiding the Painful & Dangerous Brown Recluse Bite in East Texas
Brown recluse spiders are among the few poisonous spiders that live in East Texas. These spiders rarely bite humans, but they can still be dangerous and are certainly a frightening pest! Here’s how to identify brown recluse spiders and their bites, and what to do if you have them living in your home.
Brown Recluse Appearance
Brown recluse spiders can vary in color from light tan to a darker brown. You can identify them by a marking on their back, which looks like a violin. They have long legs but don't often grow to be longer than an inch. They are commonly misidentified, so if you're wondering whether or not you have brown recluse spiders in your home, it might be a good idea to have the professionals take a look.
Brown Recluse Dangers
Though spiders are scary, it's important to know that brown recluse spiders don't often bite humans. If they do, it's only in self-defense and likely because you didn't see it so you touched the spider by accident. Their bites are rarely deadly, but are poisonous and can cause severe infections. If you think a spider bit you, keep an eye on the bite and be prepared to seek medical attention if you start to develop symptoms of infection.
Brown Recluse Bites
It can be hard to know if a brown recluse spider has bitten you. The area will show swelling and redness and may cause a rash to develop. Most of the time, brown recluse bites are painful, and they may begin to itch later. Sometimes people don't feel the initial bite, but it may develop into a sore after a couple of days. If you start to feel nauseous or develop a fever, you should seek medical care.
Factors that Attract Brown Recluse Spiders
Brown recluse spiders, like many pests, seek food, shelter, and water. They are often found in attics and basements, or any dark and secluded area. They prefer some moisture in the air and are not likely to be found in places with a lot of movement, as they are solitary spiders. To prevent them from settling into your house, you should clean these storage spaces often and be careful when entering or moving boxes.
Brown recluse spiders may also come into your home in search of food. If you have another pest problem, such as flies or mosquitoes, brown recluse spiders may come in after them to find a meal. Keep your house free of all pests, and you'll be less likely to have a run-in with a brown recluse.
Removing Brown Recluse Spiders
If brown recluse spiders do find their way into your home, you should call Bill Clark Pest Control. We can help you correctly identify the species and commence a treatment that is specialized to the spiders in your home. Not only do we safely treat existing spiders, but we also help you prevent further unwanted guests. Rest easy knowing that Bill Clark Pest Control can take care of your spider problem once and for all.