Brown Recluse Spider Control

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Brown Recluse Spider Control

There are many pests which can be controlled with basic pest control materials and commonly found over-the-counter products. Many insects will fall victim to these products and even applications which are not precise are able to provide control. However, there are some pests around the house which are mysterious yet bothersome. These pests are not as vulnerable to ordinary spray and seem to persist after numerous treatments. Although they may eat some nuisance insects, they can become a nuisance themselves. This pest is we know to be brown recluse spiders!
Brown Recluse Spider Control is something that some homes must have done. Long thought to be a "good" pest, brown recluse spiders and people don't mix in the same living habitat. They are usually predatory to some degree and this feature has been exaggerated over time to where it's not uncommon to hear that a good spider population around the house is "better than a bug-man". This is an example of a classic urban legend. Brown Recluse Spiders may eat certain pests. Web making spiders tend to be collectors of many flying pests and ground dwelling spiders such as the wolf spider will make a meal of just about any crawling creature it finds. But they will not replace a pest control service or good maintenance practice to keep pests under control. In fact, recent data suggests that brown recluse spiders will move into an area only if it is capable of supporting their need for food. This means they are looking for an environment which has pests. In order for them to survive, they need to be able to sustain themselves by being able to feed on a regular basis. Without a good supply of food, brown recluse spiders will either die or relocate. I have been in many attics and crawl spaces which had a lot of spider webs but the only spiders I was able to find were dead. These spiders had chosen poor web locations. They were doomed from the beginning. If a spider is able to establish a web in your home and is able to feed itself on a regular basis, it is a sure sign that perimeter pest control needs to be done.

There are two types of spiders found around the home: ground dwellers and web makers. Brown Recluse Spiders – which thrive on the ground – are usually much stronger than their web building cousins. These brutes are aggressive, usually nocturnal, great hunters and rely on their strong grip and bite. They stalk food at night and will feed on just about anything which moves. When prey is identified, brown recluse spiders will usually stalk within pouncing distance, crouch, leap, rip, shred, bite, grab and kill – all within a few moments.

Web builders are spiders which are not built to be on the ground. They are usually fragile, weak, slow, lacking grip and not able to defend themselves when out of their webs. What they lack in physical body they more than make up for with bite. In most cases, they are equipped with toxins that can kill insects quickly and in some cases these toxins are so strong they can be fatal to humans! Although data is limited and more research is needed to confirm suspicions, brown recluse spiders bites are thought to be more of a problem than currently recognized. One of the most feared spiders in the United States is the Brown Recluse Spider.

Brown Recluse Spider

The Brown Recluse is known to bite people every year causing all kinds of health problems that can last for a year or longer.  Other spiders which are known to have strong venom are black widows. They're neurotoxins are so strong people can die if they get bit close too close to their heart. These toxins can shut down a humans muscle and if enough reaches the heart of any mammal, it won't be able to function properly leading to a slow and painful death . There are many other spiders which may be nearly as toxic. Undoubtedly they are biting and causing health problems as doctors are labeling many wounds due to "spider bites". Since many species of spiders need to be tested to determine their toxicity, logic dictates that any can be harmful and therefore should not be handled. Realize that they have the potential to unleash a lot of poison from their bite and that sharing your living area with spiders is not a prudent thing to do.


If you are having an abundance of spiders in and around your home and want to minimize their presence, then follow these guidelines. The author has divided them into four sections. These include 1) Outside treatments, 2) Inside treatments, 3) Attic and Crawl space treatment and 4) Miscellaneous treatments of sensitive areas. In most cases, you will need to treat in at least two areas to obtain control of the situation. Once eradicated, maintenance is suggested to prevent repopulation.



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January 14, 2009

Anonymous @ 9:07 am #

It seems like all the spiders are coming in from the outside. Do I have to treat inside to get rid of the problem?

June 11, 2012

Suprise in cup @ 12:01 am #

Today I found a brown recluse in a cup which was in a top cabinet in our kitchen… we were wondering if this might be the start of a problem with brown recluse spiders? Would regular house bombs from Walmart kill the brown recluse?

July 1, 2012

scott moore @ 3:12 pm #

I was bitten by a brown recluse May 22 2011. It was pretty severe and took about 100 days to recover. I was sleeping at my girlfriends 200 year old cabin. A few days later we put a half-dozen "sticky mats" down under furniture, beds, etc. and caught about 8 decent sized Browns….easily identifiable. We freaked, called an exterminator, he sprayed and within three days, our mat count went from 8 to 85. After several months, we finally tallied about 220. All sizes from micro-babies to full adults. Finally, it seemed like we caught them all.

Now this spring they're suddenly making a resurgence….so she's going to Albuquerque for a month and I'm gonna douse that place with Cypermethrin many times before she returns…..as a side note, her basement is full of firewood, cardboard, moisture etc…..perfect breeding ground……
anyway….if you're interested, write and I'll send a few pics of the gum boards and some pretty gruesome ones of my bites!!! all the best..

October 30, 2012

Anonymous @ 1:07 pm #

I found what I thought to be a brown recluse on my ceiling. It looked to be stalking a bug that had actually been squished w/a flyswat on the ceiling the night before. I took pictures of it before I sprayed it with flying insect killer and will try to figure out how to send them to you. I sprayed the spider for about 4-5 seconds before it started to drop from it's silk, then I continued to spray it on the way down. I had a broom in my hand I was going to try to catch it on, to bring it to the kitchen floor and step on it, but when it got to the floor, I lost track of it, and couldn't find where it went to. They must be really fast. This was a full grown spider, rather large, with what looked to be 2 palps on the front, so I'm guessing it was a male. My Question is, do you think the flying insect killer was able to kill it? Thanks, Michele from Arkansas

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