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Are Brown Recluse Spiders Dangerous?


Just the mention of brown recluse spiders can put fear in the heart of anyone who has heard the stories of people who have endured a bite from one of these creatures. But are they really dangerous? Read on to find out the facts.


The average brown recluse (Loxosceles reclusa) has a tiny, mostly hairless body, only around 1/4 of an inch in length, with an additional one-inch leg span. At only 1 1/4 of an inch in total length, it can be challenging to identify this spider. You will have to look closely at it's tan back to make out the tiny, dark brown, violin shape. Because of this marking, these spiders are also called fiddle-back spiders.

Are They Dangerous?

Although these spiders do not go looking for people to bite, they will bite if they are provoked. This can happen if a spider is hiding inside a shoe, inside clothing left on the floor, underneath the covers of a bed, and other such places. For this reason, it is always a good idea to be careful when putting on shoes or clothing, or getting into bed. Checking and shaking out apparel before putting them on, and pulling down bed covers before climbing in for the night is always good practice.

If a bite does occur, it is possible for the bite to go unnoticed for a time. But some people have described the pain of a brown recluse bite to the pain of being stung by a wasp. For several hours after a brown recluse bite, other symptoms can develop. While most bites cause little tissue destruction, this is not always the case.

At first, the bite may appear mildly red with possible fang marks. As time goes on, this red color can become pallor with a red ring surrounding the area, causing a bullseye to appear. In several hours, this lesion may begin to appear to flow downhill. The center of the bite will often blister, sink inward and, finally, turn bluish, then black, as tissue dies. This will ultimately leave a scar. Some symptoms that have occurred with these bites include severe pain at the bite site, itching, nausea, vomiting, fever, and muscle pain.

So, are brown recluse dangerous? We would say yes, they definitely are. If you need help eradicating brown recluse from your home or business, or you have questions about our services, reach out to us today. We here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions are standing by to help.

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