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Brown Recluse Spiders: A Most Unwelcome Fall Guest

brown recluse spider in a basement

I doubt that there is one person that hasn’t been surprised by a random spider crawling across the kitchen floor or on the ceiling. Spiders are everywhere. They live in every corner of the world helping us get rid of other insects and mostly just minding their own business. For most of us, we are more than willing to let the spider do its thing as long as it stays outside. For some, it doesn’t seem to matter if the spider is big or small; just the sight of one of these creepy crawlies is enough to send shivers of pure terror through them when they have the misfortune of coming upon them unexpectedly.

Here in Indianapolis, one of our resident species of spider also happens to be one of the only two dangerously poisonous spiders in the country, the brown recluse spider. These spiders can be about the size of a quarter, and light brown to tan. They are often recognized by the unique violin shape on their abdomen.

This is not a spider that you will generally see. They tend to hide all day long and come out at night to feed on insects. This can be a real problem if they quietly have moved into your home, garage, or shed. If you should accidentally run into one and spook it these spiders can be aggressive and will bite to defend themselves. If you suffer a spider bite from a brown recluse, it is important that you contact a doctor immediately. The bite of a brown recluse can lead to severe health risks. Their venom has been known to cause pain, chills, itching, sweating, and nausea as well as headache, stomach pain, and joint pain. Untreated, these bites can lead to seizures or even kidney failure.

These spiders are both secretive and elusive. It is likely if you find one in your home, you will do so by accident, and it is important to not just react as they will defend themselves. Call Action Pest Control if you suspect that you have a brown recluse spider in your Indianapolis home. The trained home pest control professionals here at Action Pest know just how to remove this potentially dangerous threat to you and your family safely and quickly. We will also work with you to identify entry points and areas that are drawing pests to your home in order to make sure that your home remains safe from the threat of poisonous spiders and other harmful pests in the future.