Brown Recluse

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PEST STATS

Color: Light to dark brown, with characteristic dark brown violin marking on back
Legs: 8
Shape: Round
Size: 5/8"
Antennae: No
Region: Found in the 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 dark 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.

Carpenter Ants

In some areas of the country, carpenter ants cause more damage to structures than termites. They are difficult insects to control and can cause extensive damage to wood members in a fairly short period of time. Houses located near wooded areas or brush covered vacant lots are good candidates for infestation.

Wasps

Wasps can be distinguished from bees by their smooth, rather than hairy, bodies. The discovery of a wasp nest generally creates a real sense of urgency. You may become anxious about the safety of your family, pets, and property, and you will have an immediate desire to eradicate the wasps from your property.

Spiders

Spiders area common and feared household pest. A black widow or brown recluse taking up residence in your home can be a real cause for alarm, as their venom can cause a dangerous reaction. Most other species spiders are generally harmless to humans, but their webs can cause an unsightly situation in your home.