Brown recluse spiders are found throughout the central southern United States and are 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 emergency medical attention right away.
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