Brown Recluse Spider
Light to dark brown, with characteristic dark brown violin marking on back
¼ – ½ inch long
Found in the south-central Midwest from Ohio to Nebraska and south through Texas to Georgia
Brown recluse spiders are nocturnal and eat soft-bodied insects such as firebrats, crickets, and cockroaches. They are very resilient and can live 6 months with no food or water. Brown recluse spiders spin irregular webs, these webs are not used for catching prey like the black widow but as a retreat. Adult spiders live 1-2 years. Females produce several egg sacs between May-July with about 50 eggs in each sac.
Brown recluse spiders can live outdoors in undisturbed areas such as woodpiles, sheds, barns, around rocks, and utility boxes. They are also commonly found in undisturbed areas indoors. The most common indoor areas are inside closets, attics, basements, crawl spaces, boxes, stacks of papers, rarely used apparel, shoes and bedding, under and inside furniture or in window moldings.
Similar to the black widow spider, the brown recluse spider does not bite humans instinctively but will bite in defense. The initial bite is usually not felt, but it will inject venom that causes a stinging and pain that occurs up to 8 hours later. The bite locations can develop and turn into an open ulcer. Physical symptoms of the bite can be fever and restlessness that can lead to difficulty sleeping. Restlessness, fever
Brown Recluse Spider Prevention
If you suspect a brown recluse spider infestation, call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection* immediately. This is the safest and most effective way to get rid of brown recluse spiders. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.