Brown Recluse spiders are a venomous spider whose bite can be extremely harmful and must be treated as a medical emergency. They are typically quite small (.24 – .79 inches long) and can range in color from light tan to dark brown. Telltale “fiddle” or “violin” shaped markings on their back are helpful, but the big give-away is their three sets of two eyes (6 total), as opposed to most spiders with 4 sets (8 total). Don’t mess with these spiders! If you think you have them, call us at Burns!
Brown recluse spiders are found throughout the central southern United States and is well known for its venomous bite. These spiders are shy, nocturnal creatures who thrive in warm, dry conditions. They can be found deep in closets, clothing, in dark corners, under furniture, etc. They build webs but not for “catching” prey. They roam and hunt, then bring prey back to their web for feeding.
Brown recluse spiders are roughly the size of a U.S. quarter and can be identified by their signature violin-shaped marking on their abdomen, six eyes, and uniform coloration. They often “hitchhike” on furniture and boxes and can go months without food or water. Females only need to mate once to reproduce for their lifetime, producing as many as 150 spiderlings in a year. This means that all it takes is one female “hitchhiking” into a new structure to cause an infestation.
The bite of a brown recluse spider is especially venomous. If you believe you have been bitten, it’s important that you seek emergent medical attention right away.
If you think brown recluses are on your property, give us a call today