Don't Let Brown Recluse Catch You Off Guard
If you have ever opened a box and had a creepy, crawly spider dart out at you, then you are familiar with the scare they can give. What is even more scary is when one of these spiders takes a bite out of you, and that spider happens to be a brown recluse.
The brown recluse, Loxosceles reclusa, Sicariidae is a recluse spider with a necrotic venom. This spider is small, only around 1 ¼ of an inch long when fully grown. It is tan in color and has a dark brown, very tiny violin shape on the back of its abdomen. These spiders are also referred to as fiddleback spiders, brown fiddlers, or violin spiders. A bite from a brown recluse spider can be very serious and, in extreme cases, has even been known to lead to death.
As their name suggests, these spiders are reclusive. That means they like to hide. Some of the places they can be found hiding in are boxes, dark recesses, cloth items on the floor, shoes, and bedding.
Dangers of Brown Recluse Spiders
Since these spiders are reclusive, and since they are not out to bite humans, as a general practice, being bitten by one is usually an act of self-defense on the part of the spider. If a brown recluse is not brought into contact with a human, chances of being bitten are low. Here are some tips that may help you avoid receiving a bite from this dangerous spider:
If there are towels, items of clothing, or other cloth items lying on the floor, make sure to shake them out good when you pick them up, in case there is a spider hiding in its folds.
Be careful when putting on a pair of shoes, boots, or slippers. Carefully shake them upside down a few times and look inside before putting them on.
Before climbing into bed, pull down all covers and sheets to check for spiders.
When reaching into the backs of drawers or any other dark place, use caution.
If you are bringing stored boxes back inside, use care in opening them. If possible, open these items outside so, if there is a spider, it can escape outside and not inside your home. Consider wearing gloves when opening such stored items.
If you have encountered brown recluse spiders, or want to be sure that you do not have them lurking in the recesses of your home, the technicians here at Action Pest Control are standing by to assist you. And, with our guaranteed 24-hour emergency service response, you won't have to wait long for peace of mind.
It's best not to take chances with these dangerous spiders. Contact us for immediate assistance.
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