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AUGUST 31 2023 / PEST AND TERMITE
The elusive brown recluse spider might seem like your everyday brown spider at first glance. But make no mistake; these critters have a few unique features that set them apart. Sporting a light brown or yellowish-brown color, they're often identified by the telltale darker violin-shaped mark on their backs. What's even more intriguing is their web-building behavior; they're not like other types of spiders who spin intricate traps to catch their prey. Nope, these recluse spiders craft their webs in out-of-the-way spots, serving as cozy hideouts for themselves.
While they aren't known for picking fights, don't underestimate them. If provoked, they won't hesitate to unleash a venomous bite that can leave you with unpleasant symptoms like fever, vomiting, and dizziness. That's why it's a good idea to get rid of brown recluse spiders as soon as you see them.
Tired of spider hide-and-seek? Call Waynes Pest Control Pros for expert assistance.
Here are some ways to send these buggers packing:
These spiders are the night owls of the arachnid world. They hang out in the shadows during the day and come out to munch on insects at night. When you leave your lights on at night, especially outside ones, you're ideally rolling out a buffet for flying insects. And guess who's showing up for dinner? Yep, those brown recluse spiders. So, switch off those lights when they're not needed to make your home a less attractive hangout spot.
You know that clutter you've been meaning to sort out? Well, brown recluse spiders love that stuff. From storage boxes to dense vegetation and firewood stacks – all these nooks and crannies create the perfect home for these buggers. And you guessed it, from these cozy corners, it's only a matter of time before they invite themselves indoors, especially when the weather gets a bit chilly.
Now, about that firewood – it's a magnet for pests of all sorts. To keep them away, make sure you store your firewood at a safe distance from your house. And remember, damp wood isn't just an invitation for spiders; it's a cozy home for ants and termites too.
Getting rid of these critters doesn't need to involve an epic battle. Sometimes, a trusty vacuum cleaner can be your best weapon. Spot a brown recluse spider lounging around? Fire up the vacuum and suck it up. The amazing thing about vacuum cleaners is that you don’t need to get too close to squish or kill it. Remember to empty the vacuum's contents outside to ensure your eight-legged captive doesn't escape back into your home.
Here's a pro tip: spiders need water too. So, to keep their numbers in check, you need to get rid of any standing water or puddles hanging around your property. Not only will you discourage the grown-ups, but you'll also make life tough for their webs and egg sacs. It's a good practice for overall pest control, as standing water is like a welcome mat for various critters, not just spiders.
If you’ve spotted one or two brown recluse spiders, don’t wait for an infestation. Call Waynes today! Once they make themselves comfortable in your home and lay eggs, it can be quite difficult to get them out.
We can protect the inside and outside of your home from current and future brown recluse spider infestations. Find out more.