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BROWN RECLUSE SPIDERS

Brown Recluse Spiders
  • Color: Light to dark brown with characteristic dark brown violin marking on back

  • Legs: 8

  • Shape: Round

  • Size: 5/8 inch

  • Antennae: No

  • Region: Found in south central Midwest from Ohio to Nebraska and southward through Texas to Georgia

Brown recluse spiders have a characteristic dark brown violin marking on their back.

HABITS

Brown recluse spiders are nocturnal and eat other bugs like cockroaches and crickets. Male brown recluse spiders wander farther than females and will crawl into shoes or other clothing.

HABITAT

Brown recluse spiders often live outdoors in debris and wood piles. They can be found indoors in storage areas and daark recesses.

THREATS

Like the black widow spider, the brown recluse spider bites in defense and does not bite humans instinctively. They will bite humans when the clothing they are hiding in is worn. The brown recluse spider bite is painful and can produce an open, ulcerating sore.

PREVENTION TIPS

To avoid brown recluse spiders, avoid keeping clothing on the floor. Store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers, and shake out all clothing that has been in a hamper before wearing or washing. To get rid of brown recluse spiders, contact a brown recluse spider control professional.

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