Brown recluse spiders – learn the ABC’s

Schools usually close for snow days, holidays and summer vacation, but schools can sometimes be closed for pest infestations. Schools that get infested with pests like the brown recluse spider, will need to close and stay closed until the spiders are completely eliminated.

When an elementary school in Pennsylvania found a brown recluse spider roaming its halls, school officials took immediate action. Although the brown recluse spider is not native to Pennsylvania, school officials didn’t want to risk the spiders to multiply and bite a child – so they removed all cardboard boxes, cleaned out the library and sealed all exterior wall cracks.

Abstain from fiddling around with brown recluse spiders

The same precaution needs to be taken to prevent brown recluse spiders from infesting your home. Like an elementary school, you and your family are at risk from getting bitten by this dangerous spider.

The brown recluse spider comes from the same family of venomous spiders like the black widow and the brown widow. The brown recluse spider has distinct looks and can be identified by its:

Brown recluse spiders are usually non-aggressive, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking the proper precautions of protecting your home and family from brown recluse spiders.

Brown recluse spiders should be taken seriously –especially their bites

Brown recluse spiders usually only bite when they’ve been disturbed. Usually you don’t feel the bite when it occurs, but will feel it six to eight hours later. When the pain sets in, it can be quite uncomfortable. Blisters form and usually turn into an ulcerous wound. The wound will turn dark and will take a long time to heal. In some cases, emergency treatment is needed.

Clean up if you want to reduce the chances of attracting brown recluse spiders

Outside, brown recluse spiders love to hide in piles of wood, leaves, and rocks. Inside they can be found in shoes, clothing, bedding and dark or unused cluttered rooms.

Here are some simple and quick changes you can do to reduce the chances of having brown recluse spiders nesting on your property:

  • Besides cleaning up around your home and yard, be sure to throw your trash away.
  • Keep weeds, plants, shrubs and grass trimmed and be sure to use gloves when cleaning and doing landscaping jobs.
  • When checking items that have been stored for a long period of time, take extra care not to disturb any potential nesting brown recluse spiders.
  • Try not to store items in cardboard boxes (especially for long periods of time). Switch to plastic bins and zipper closed bags to keep pests from entering.
  • When possible, vacuum items (shoes, books, furniture, etc.) before moving, especially if they were stored under beds, furniture or closets.

Take time to examine your exterior walls, doors, and windows of your home. Look for any cracks, holes or openings where a brown recluse can enter your home. Repair or replace damaged screens, caulk around holes and cracks and apply weather stripping to doors that don’t close properly.

Finally, if you see any spiders, webs or egg sacs (or not sure if you’ve seen them), contact your trusted exterminator. A pest control company is your best defense against a brown recluse from entering your home and harming your family. Sure you can declutter and vacuum, but only a pest control expert can determine if you have a brown recluse infestation.