If asked to identify names of spiders, it is likely that people will throw out black widow, tarantula, and the brown recluse. Not surprising since these spiders all have a bad reputation for being the dangerous. It is the brown recluse that people in St. Louis and Missouri should watch out for, as the venom from this spider is known to send people to the hospital, and in some instances resulted in death. Although these spiders do not actively seek to bite or harm humans to bite, the St. Louis pest control professionals at Rottler encourages property owners to be aware of this arachnid.
The brown recluse spider, which is a well-known species in the Missouri area, has a brown coloring, six dark eyes arranged in three pairs, and a leg span of about 1 to 1.5 inches. They are typically out hunting small prey at night and spend the day in their spun silk webs. As far as a brown recluse being found in homes, they can take shelter and spin a web in areas that are dark and not frequently visited, such as the back of the closet, under drapes, or in garages and attics.
The bite of a brown recluse may not be felt at all, but it could land a person in the hospital. Not all bites release the poisonous venom, and not all people will experience the same reaction. A college student from Texas Christian University almost went blind from a brown recluse spider bite. She was bit in the airport and quickly started to feel the stinging behind her ear, which left her with severe swelling of her head and eye and a rotting ear. It took skin grafts and many days but she did recover. This of course is one of the more severe cases of what could happen with a recluse bite; however, they are a household pest you want to avoid.
If you would like more information on the brown recluse, as well as other common spiders in St. Louis, Jefferson City, Columbia and surrounding Missouri locations, contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions today! With Rottler’s Signature Protection plan that includes inspections, treatments, and monitoring of your home, you will be able to rest easy knowing that there are no creepy crawlies waiting to be found.