It is amazing how nervous people can get about a brown recluse spider, considering the fact that this creature is usually only about the size of thumbnail. But, even though brown recluse spiders only range in size from 6mm to 11mm, they contain a venom that has the potential to pack a powerful punch. Here are some things you need to know about the brown recluse if they decide to take up residence in your Tennessee home.
How bad is brown recluse venom? We’ve all heard the horror stories. We all know that a bite from a brown recluse can cause your flesh to rot, and that sometimes this rotting goes on undetected beneath the skin. What you may not know is that, often, a small rash is all that will develop from a brown recluse bite. If you or someone you know has a wound that you suspect is a brown recluse bite, it is important to catch a brown recluse spider and bring it with you to the doctor. This will help the doctor make the right diagnosis. It is hard for a doctor to tell the difference between a staph infection and a brown recluse bite, and no specific lab findings can routinely confirm a brown recluse bite.
How do I know if this brown spider is a brown recluse? If you know what you’re looking for, it is pretty easy to recognize a brown recluse when you see one. They have been given a mark on their thorax that looks like a violin. This violin shape will appear darker brown against the lighter brown color of their body. The base of the violin (where you would strum the strings) will be touching the head of the spider, and the stem (where you would press down on the strings) sticks out toward the abdomen. If you remember that this mark is dark on light, you won’t get confused when you see a wolf spider that has a light mark with two dark stripes on either side. Wolf spiders get mistaken for brown recluse all the time.
Will these spiders attack me while I sleep? The good news is: spiders don’t eat blood. That means that these creatures are not interested in seeking you out and biting you. But, if a brown recluse happens to crawl across your bed on the way to find a food source that they do eat, you may spook it and get a bite. Victims of brown recluse bites most often bring the spider into contact with their own body by putting on clothing, slipping into shoes, crawling into bed, or using a towel that was laying on the floor of the bathroom.
When you find a brown recluse bite or evidence that you have brown recluse living in your home, act quickly to avoid accidental contact. Eradication of brown recluse spiders takes a specialized knowledge and an extensive inspection, so please don’t try to do this on your own. The team here at Active Pest Control is educated in the habits and habitats of these spiders, and can offer you the best hope of ridding your home of these pests. Don’t take any chances. When it comes to brown recluse spiders, it just isn’t worth it.
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