Brown Recluse Spider Identification & Prevention

Brown recluse spiders can pose serious dangers to humans, although good awareness and local pest control services can help you make short work of unwanted populations.

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What are brown recluse spiders?

Brown recluse spiders are dangerous arachnids that can be found in 16 states. Nebraska alone is home to thousands of these spiders, which remain some of the deadliest pests in the state.

Because brown recluse spiders look so much like other arachnids, it can be difficult to tell them apart from less dangerous species. Be sure to remain at a distance from the spider you suspect to be a brown recluse and keep an eye out for:

  • A violin or fiddle-shaped mark on the abdomen

  • A half-inch body size with long, slender legs

  • A brown coloration pattern with small, light hairs

If you believe a spider to be a brown recluse, it’s important to seek help from professionals right away.

Are brown recluse spiders dangerous?

Brown recluse spiders are some of the most dangerous arachnids in the state of Nebraska. These pests contain a type of cytotoxin that can affect both people and pets, resulting in serious open wounds and the destruction of tissue.

Please note that brown recluse bites are incredibly rare since they are not aggressive spiders. However, that does not diminish the dangers of a bite, as they can lead to tissue damage and even death. Your best course of action is to contact a professional team to get rid of brown recluse spiders near your home or business.

Why do I have a brown recluse spider problem?

Like many other types of spiders in Nebraska, brown recluse spiders prefer to travel with their prey. That means if you have a preexisting pest infestation, you’re likely to have a brown recluse spider infestation as well.

You may also attract spiders to your space by leaving open cracks and gaps around your home. These vulnerable entry points inadvertently leave openings for pests, which are then followed by other pests, including brown recluse spiders.

Where will I find brown recluse spiders?

Brown recluse spiders do not disperse well and typically require human activity to reach new locations. Once they find themselves in a new yard or home, they begin looking for quiet areas where their pest prey may hide – including cellars, pantries, basements, garages, and closets. They may also target areas outside the home as well, such as firewood stacks and outbuildings.

To summarize: any location with quiet, rarely trafficked areas is likely to attract a brown recluse spider.

How do I get rid of brown recluse spiders?

You can get rid of brown recluse spiders by getting rid of their primary attractant factor, which in most cases, is secondary pests. However, it may not be possible for you to remove the problem by mitigating the issue with DIY methods. That’s why dozens of property owners all over Omaha trust the team at Quality Pest Control to get the job done right.

If you’re looking to manage brown recluse spider populations near you, Quality Pest Control is the team to call. We’re proud of our history of managing over a hundred types of pests in Nebraska, and we consider it an honor to extend our expertise to you as well. We’re here to help – no matter the size of your spider infestation!

Give us a call today to schedule a consultation or request a quote for our home pest control services.

How can I prevent brown recluse spiders in the future?

You can stop brown recluse spiders from invading your space by using the following steps:

  • Control vegetation near the sides of your home.

  • Seal up cracks and gaps as necessary.

  • Defend your property against other pests spiders prey on.

  • Reduce standing water sources both inside and outside your home.

For help preventing or identifying spiders, call the experts at Quality Pest Control.

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