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If you are like most people, then you do not enjoy encountering spiders in your home — especially if you come upon a dangerous spider such as the brown recluse! A few conditions that make your home attractive to these spiders include: having lots of insects available in and around your home for them to feed on, having holes in your exterior for them to squeeze through, having dark, cluttered areas in your home for them to hide in, and having areas with plenty of moisture or humidity inside your home. For more information on conditions that attract brown recluse spiders, go here!

Identification Of A Brown Recluse

If you come upon a rusty-brown colored spider that is around ¼ to ½ an inch in length, and it has a dark brown violin-shaped marking on its back, then you are looking at a brown recluse! These spiders are hairless, have a sleek, uniformly-colored abdomen that has no roundedness, and have solid-colored legs that match the color of their abdomen.


If you encounter one brown recluse, it is important to seek help quickly before the population has a chance to multiply. A bite from a brown recluse is sometimes described as feeling like a wasp sting, but this varies from individual to individual. Initially, the bite wound will appear mildly red. As time passes, a red ring may form around the bite, causing the wound to take on a bullseye-like appearance. Over time, the center of the bite may blister, sink inward, and turn a bluish-black color as the area of tissue around the wound becomes necrotic and dies, ultimately leaving a scar. The symptoms experienced from a brown recluse spider bite may include severe pain, itching, nausea, vomiting, fever, and muscle pain.

Spider Prevention Tips

Remove light fixtures in outside areas that attract insects, keep lights off after dark, or replace bulbs with insect-resistant lighting.
Be sure that your gutters are working properly and that they are not broken or clogged. These can cause moisture problems in or around your home.
Keep your perimeter free of clutter, dead leaves, and thick vegetation.
Trim back trees, bushes, and other vegetation away from the exterior of your home so as not to give spiders and other pests an easy way to gain access to your home.

Don't Fool Around With Venomous Spiders

If you are encountering venomous spiders in or around your Ashland home, it is best to seek the help of a professional pest control company. While bites from these spiders are relatively rare, when populations are allowed to grow, these bites become more likely. And while you may have success keeping these and other pests out of your home using prevention strategies, once a population of brown recluse spiders is established, it can be very frustrating and dangerous to try to get rid of them on your own.

The professionals at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions understand the habits and habitats of these spiders and have the knowledge, tools, and experience to get rid of them! Don't take chances with dangerous spiders, reach out to us for help today!

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