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What To Do About Brown Recluse Spiders Around Your Nashville Home

June 02, 2022

Have you heard of the black widow spider? Chances are you've heard of those notorious pests. But what about the brown recluse spider? These arachnids are also a dangerous spider species in Nashville, and while they aren't as well-known, they are just as much of a concern.

Brown recluse spiders are generally hard to identify, so it's good to learn all you need to know about how to spot, prevent, and remove these pests. To keep yourself and your family safe from these spiders, read this guide put together by the Nashville pest control experts at Cima Solutions.

How To Identify A Brown Recluse Spider

While black widow spiders are one of the easiest species to identify, brown recluse spiders are the opposite. They are rather nondescript in appearance and often mistaken for other species such as wolf spiders or funnel-web spiders. But, you can look out for a few defining characteristics to tell them apart from other spiders. First of all, brown recluse spiders have six eyes instead of eight. Secondly, brown recluse spiders don't have any markings on their legs.

Their overall appearance is a tan to light brown color and has a yellowish violin-shaped marking behind their heads. If you aren't sure whether you have brown widow spiders or something else, our pest control team can inspect your property to be sure.

The Dangers Of A Brown Recluse Spider's Bite

Most spiders in the United States are relatively harmless as they don't have potent enough venom to harm people. The brown recluse and the black widow are the two exceptions to this. Brown recluse spider bites usually feel like a pinch or bee sting, and the area often develops into a painful sore or ulcer. Other symptoms of brown recluse venom include fever, nausea, joint pain, chills, and even coma.

If you are bitten or suspect you have, you should seek help from a medical professional. While extreme reactions are uncommon, some medical intervention may be necessary. 

How To Safely Remove A Brown Recluse Spider Infestation

If you've seen brown recluse spiders around your property already, it's not the best idea to try to remove them on your own. While DIY spider control products are available at many stores, these options don't always work. Items like spider traps might get some of the spiders, but they are unlikely to destroy the entire infestation.

The other concern with DIY removal is your safety. If you are getting close to these spiders, you are more likely to get bitten. As their name suggests, while they are generally reclusive, they will bite if they feel cornered.

Therefore, the safest way to remove them is with help from the professionals at Cima Solutions.

How To Prevent Future Brown Recluse Spider Problems

While you should leave spider removal to the professionals, you can take steps to prevent future infestations, such as:

  • Seal entry points by installing weather stripping and repairing broken screens.
  • Focus on general pest prevention to remove small insects that spiders eat. Make sure to get lids for garbage cans and keep kitchens clean.
  • Reduce the clutter around the house and yard as brown recluse spiders like to hide in dark areas like inside firewood or the back of closets.
  • Remove humidity issues by repairing any plumbing problems and removing standing water around the yard.

Call Cima Solutions today for help preventing and removing brown recluse spiders with our effective home pest control and commercial pest control services.