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Avoid Brown Recluse Spiders This Spring

brown recluse spider up close

It is safe to say that most of us are startled, to say the least, when we come upon an unexpected eight-legged creature, especially when it occurs in our own home. Though most spiders seem innocent enough going about their own business, they can instill real fear into many. Let’s face it; most spiders are pretty creepy, but they don’t want any more to do with humans than we want to do with them. There are even a few species of spider right here in Indianapolis that we should have an aversion to as their bite can be quite harmful to people.

The brown recluse spider is one species whose venom can be harmful. If a person should be so unfortunate as to experience a brown recluse bite, it could lead to intense pain several hours later as well as blisters and eventually an open sore. The victim may also experience a high fever, nausea, and weakness, as well as joint pain. A very rare reaction to the bite can also cause seizures or even a coma.

When faced with an unfamiliar spider, you should discover which species it is. Proper identification is important when dealing with a brown recluse which can sometimes be confused with a common house spider. The brown recluse is easily distinguished, however, by the brown or tan color accompanied by the violin shape on its body. It is one of the larger species of spider, usually around the size of a quarter with long legs that make it even bigger.

The brown recluse spider prefers to live in secluded areas outdoors. That means that they could be found in woodpiles, garages, or sheds hiding among items that are stored. They can easily be carried into the house without anyone even realizing they are there and will likely then find their way into an unused closet, the attic, or even a drawer, creating a potential hazard for the homeowner and the family.

Preventing spiders from getting into your house isn’t always easy, but it is possible to lessen the possibility. First, before you bring wood or any stored boxes into your home make sure that each is inspected so that you do not transport any unsuspecting spiders with it. You can also do a lot of good by making sure any clutter in your home is disposed of regularly. If you do store items, make it a practice to keep them in plastic bins with tight fitting lids instead of in cardboard boxes.

If you find a brown recluse spider on your property do not take any chances on getting bitten. The brown recluse will strike if it feels threatened. Action Pest Control is only a phone call away and can help get rid of the dangerous brown recluse and even help you maintain a pest-free environment. Give us a call today to learn more about our effective home pest control options for your Indianapolis home.