Nashville Pest Control Pros Offer Brown Recluse Prevention Tips

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All-American Pest Control, Nashville pest control professionals, wants to offer helpful tips about brown recluse spiders.

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Brown recluse spider

In some people the venom can cause necrosis of the tissue around the bite that can lead to serious infection and the person can become very ill.

As a homeowner it can be expected that at one point or another, a bug or spider will make their way into your home. For the most part, while unpleasant, the majority of pests aren’t harmful to your health. There are however some species of insects and spiders that can be harmful and dangerous to have in your home. Once such species is the brown recluse spider. The brown recluse is not an aggressive species but if it is startled or feels threatened it may bite.

A bite from a brown recluse can be a serious situation and should be avoided at all costs. For this reason All-American Pest Control wants to provide you with information about these spiders, what they look like, where they hide and live, and how to prevent you and your family from becoming an accidental victim.

The brown recluse spider is yellowish tan to brown in color, and their body measures in length from ¼ to ¾ of an inch. They have eight long legs, and three pairs of eyes that are arranged in a semi-circle pattern. Their most distinctive characteristic is a violin shaped marking that is found on the top of their body.

Brown recluse spiders are found living in the outdoors most of the time. They can be found in and around woodpiles, underneath outdoor furniture, under piles of organic debris, and in dark sheds. They may enter into homes seeking shelter and food sources. Brown recluse spiders are very timid and therefore like to hide in dark, quiet places within homes. This means they will often be found hiding and living inside of closets, cupboards, and dry basements.

Brown recluse spiders build their webs near the ground level; however, they don’t actually use their webs for catching prey. Brown recluses instead will go out and “hunt” for their prey. These spiders feed on soft bodied insects like moths, flies, other spiders, including other brown recluses.

If you and a brown recluse came head to head it may be hard to determine which of you ran away faster. Brown recluses are generally afraid of humans and will run and hide if they see you. Bites happen when they are being directly handled or if they get trapped between you and something else, like clothing for example.

The consequences of a bite can vary from person to person. Sometimes a bite will either go unnoticed or be mistaken for another kind of insect bite. In some people the venom can cause necrosis of the tissue around the bite that can lead to serious infection and the person can become very ill. If you know you have been bitten by a brown recluse you should always seek medical attention.

In order to prevent being bitten by a brown recluse there are things that you should do to protect yourself, especially if you have seen a brown recluse in your home before.

§ Shake out your clothing before putting it on.
§ Inspect your shoes before putting them on.
§ Do not walk barefoot around basements, attics, or even garages
§ Keep storage areas where they like to hide like closets, cupboards, and basements organized and free of clutter.
§ Seal entry points around your home so they cannot get in. Caulk gaps around doorways and windows, seal cracks found in your home’s foundation.

Brown recluse spiders are very difficult to eliminate from homes because they are very resilient and difficult to locate. Also, because of the potential of being bitten, professional pest control experts should always be contacted to take care of a brown recluse problem in your home.

With over 50 years of experience, the professionals at All-American Pest Control know about and understand the behaviors of brown recluse spiders. We will be able to provide you with safe, effective treatment to remove your current brown recluse infestation and help to prevent a future problem from occurring. To learn more, visit today!

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