Brown Recluse Spider
The brown recluse spider, also known as the fiddleback spider, is one of two venomous spiders in the Ozarks. These spiders can live up to 2 years, and range in size from .6 cm to 2 cm. While not a large spider, just the words 'brown recluse' strike fear into those who have been bitten or know someone who has been bitten and had an adverse reaction.
The brown recluse is not an aggressive spider, and tends to hide in mostly undisturbed areas, hence the recluse part of its name. It's venom is hemotoxic, but the majority of bites do not result in any symptoms. Even so, there are those who have severe reactions, which can include vomiting, fever, rashes, necrosis, organ damage, and even death.
Where do brown recluse spiders like to live?
Brown recluse spiders are native to Arkansas and can often be found both in and outside homes. When outside, these spiders can be found in woodpiles and debris. Inside the house, they favor places like cardboard because it mimics rotting wood. They also reside in clothing, shoes, boxes, bedding, and storage areas. If you believe you have a brown recluse infestation, reach out to our Springdale exterminators.
What attracts brown recluse spiders?
The brown recluse is a hunter spider and is attracted to food. Their primary source of food is small bugs. If you have small insects such as cockroaches, flies, moths, and crickets, it’s best to get regular pest control so you don’t invite more unwanted guests. And because they’re nocturnal predators, brown recluse are also drawn to dark spaces.
If you have seen brown recluses in your home or business, please give us a call or click to set an appointment for your free pest evaluation and let us help you eliminate these pests.
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