During the summer season a number of pests are at the height of their activity and this includes spiders. As there are many spider species found throughout Northwest Las Vegas, NV, one of them poses more of a threat than do others. This is the brown recluse spider. Brown recluse spiders have potent venom that can cause serious harm and sometimes even death to humans. Pre-Empt Pest Control will share how to identify, some facts about, and how to control Brown Recluse spiders.
Where Do Brown Recluse Spiders Live?
Brown recluse spiders can thrive outside as well as inside homes and other structures. These spiders will hide during the day and come out at night to hunt for their prey. Unlike other spiders that use a web to capture their prey, brown recluse spiders will hunt down and inject their nitrous venom into their prey. During the day brown recluse spiders will hide in dark areas. When indoors they particularly love to hide inside boxes, in cloth and other linens. Landscape overgrowth and clutter attracts brown recluse spiders as these make excellent hiding places.
How to Identify a Brown Recluse Spider
When a homeowner comes across a brown recluse spider, they can easily be identified. One of the iconic trademarks of a brown recluse spider is the violin marking on the cephalothorax, which is the part of the body the legs and abdomen connect to. Brown recluse spiders can grow up to ½ inch and are a light to dark brown color. Another unique feature is their six eyes that form a triangle.
What Does a Brown Recluse Spider Bite Look Like?
Brown recluse spiders are feared because of their venom. For most people, a brown recluse spider bite is not particularly harmful. However, there are those who can have a severe reaction to their bite. Brown recluse spider bites can lead to dead tissue and cause nasty lesions at the site of the bite. Other people may have other reactions that can result in hospitalization. As these spiders have the ability to severely harm humans, most of all the young children and the elderly, it is important to control these harmful spiders. Initially the bite site is mildly red but within a few hours, the redness gives way to pallor with a red “bull’s eye” ring surrounding the area.
How to Prevent a Brown Recluse Spider Infestation
To control brown recluse spiders your first step is to keep them outside of your home. To keep brown recluse spiders out of your home you will want to make sure the outside is secured. Check doors and windows to make sure that they are in good condition. If the weatherstripping or the window screens are damaged you will want to repair them. Next you will want to use a wood filler or silicone caulking to fill in cracks and gaps along the doors and window framing as well as other holes you come across. Even though you may secure your home, at times the Brown Recluse spider can be brought into the home. When bringing in boxes from outside in the garage check inside the boxes before you bring them in as well as other items where the Brown Recluse will hide. To help protect the home further, have a barrier applied around the home. For optimum control, apply pesticides inside and outside your home to help kill any spiders or other pests inside your home.