Indianapolis' Complete Guide To Brown Recluse Spider Control

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Have you heard that brown recluse spiders are dangerous? Have you heard that when brown recluse spiders in Indianapolis bite a person, the flesh around the bite wound can, in effect, rot away? This is called necrosis. While this is actually very rare, it is best to keep these potentially dangerous pests out of your Indianapolis home. Today, we are going to be talking about how to identify these spiders, ways to keep them out, and what to do if you discover that you have an infestation of brown recluse spiders inside your home.

How To Identify A Brown Recluse Spider

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If you can get a good look at an adult brown recluse, you will notice the presence of a dark, violin-shaped marking on the dorsum of the spider's light brown or yellowish brown cephalothorax. The neck of the violin points towards the abdomen. This marking has earned these spiders the nickname fiddle-back spiders.

Keep in mind that if you are looking at a very young brown recluse, it will not have this marking because it develops as these spiders grow to adulthood. Other characteristics of brown recluse are that they are visibly hairless and have only six eyes.

Are Brown Recluse Spiders Dangerous?

The answer to this question is yes and no. As mentioned above, a bite from one of these spiders can cause necrosis around the bite wound. Considering this, then the answer is yes, these spiders are dangerous. But since these kinds of bites are very rare, and getting medical attention early can prevent necrosis from happening, then these spiders are not as dangerous as some people have been led to believe. However, it is best to not take chances with brown recluse spiders and seek the help of pest control professionals in Indianapolis

Prevention/Safety Tips For Brown Recluse Spiders

There are many steps a home or business owner can take to try to keep brown recluse spiders outside and away from the building, and safety measures to take to keep yourself from being bitten if they do get inside. Here are some suggestions on what you can do both outside and inside your structure:

  • Clean up clutter in the yard. Like many pests, brown recluse spiders seek out areas of clutter to live. To limit areas where they feel safe, remove leaf litter, sticks, discarded items, and overgrown weeds. If you have fire wood or construction materials, move them away from the exterior of your home.
  • Examine the outside of your home and seal up any gaps, cracks, and holes that you find. Pay attention to the areas where pipes and wires enter the home and seal any gaps that are present.
  • Make sure your screens and door sweeps are present and in good repair. Check all of your screens and repair or replace them if they have holes. Do the same for door sweeps on exterior doors. It doesn't take much of a gap for a spider to squeeze through.
  • Remove webs when you see them. Brown recluse spiders build webs close to the ground. If their webs keep disappearing, maybe they will take the hint and move to your neighbor's yard. Just be careful to use a broom or web-removal tool and to dispose of the webbing safely. It may contain egg sacs with lots of brown recluse spiderlings inside.
  • Keep the outside and inside of your home as dry as possible. Spiders, like all pests, require water to survive. If you can limit the amount of water that accumulates around your yard, and eliminate water leaks inside your home (such as a dripping faucet) then you will be less likely to have spiders or other pests hanging around.
  • Be cautious when going into rarely used areas of your home. If you need to get something out of storage in a closet, attic area, or another cluttered place where brown recluse spiders might be hiding, wear gloves and move items with caution.
  • Shake out shoes and clothing before wearing. If you suspect these spiders are in your home, always check first to make sure a spider isn't hiding in something you are about to put on. These spiders don't go looking for humans to bite, but if they are brought up against the skin and are trapped, they will bite.
  • Keep your home pest-free. If spiders get into your home but don't find any food for themselves (ie: bugs) then they are not very likely to stick around.

How Action Pest Control Can Help!

Are you dealing with brown recluse spiders inside your Indianapolis home? Or would you like to keep your home brown recluse-free permanently? The pest experts at Action Pest Control can help with both of these tasks. Don't take chances with these potentially dangerous spiders. Reach out to Action today to discuss professional home pest control or schedule a pest inspection.

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