How To Safely Get Rid Of Brown Recluse Spiders In Tulsa

August 27, 2021

With the most common phobia in the world being arachnophobia, it's no surprise that homeowners across the globe are all too eager to get rid of any spider they find. Brown recluse spiders are an especially terrifying thought for Tulsa residents, but are you sure you know how to identify one? You'd be surprised how often other spiders are mistaken for those infamous arachnids, simply because they're the color brown. There are lots of brown-colored spiders, so how can you tell which ones are brown recluses, and which ones are the impostors?

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Identifying Brown Recluse Spiders, And How To Tell If It's NOT A Fiddleback

Brown recluse spiders, also known as the fiddleback spider, often grow to roughly ¼ to ½ of an inch in size. Their bodies are uniform in color, ranging from tan to dark brown, with a slightly darker fiddle-like shape directly behind their eyes. Knowing what they look like is all fine and good, but it rarely solves the mistaken identity problem, especially with how much anticipated danger revolves around them. Here's how to tell if the spider you've found ISN'T a brown recluse:

  • Stripes or extra markings on the body

  • Any kind of dappling coloration

  • Stripes or markings on the legs

  • The fiddle-like shape is too prominent or black in color; there are other spiders that possess the fiddle marking

  • Any spider bigger than ½ of an inch in size

The Dangers Of A Brown Recluse Infestation And How To Keep Them Away

Truthfully, brown recluse infestations are fairly rare, mostly because they prefer staying outside. A brown recluse has everything it needs in the great outdoors, but when inclement weather happens, such as extreme cold or heavy rains, they start searching for more stable habitation. That could be hollowed-out logs, wood or debris piles, an outdoor tool shed or garage, or even your Tulsa home if they can find a way inside.

Brown recluses are, of course, well renowned for their infamous bite. The kind of venom they possess happens to be a form of cytotoxin, which is a type of toxin that directly attacks the cells. This kind of toxin can cause a variety of adverse reactions, such as necrotic tissue at the bite and flu-like symptoms, and in much rarer and more extreme cases can cause kidney failure, blood disorders, coma, and death. Even though it's incredibly rare to experience extreme reactions, it's always best to seek medical attention if you think you've been bitten, and brown recluse or not, all spiders possess venom.

Keeping brown recluse spiders out of your home comes with a fair amount of yard work and minor home repairs, so be sure to keep your schedule open one of these weekends:

  • Replace any worn-down insulation around windows and door frames

  • Repair cracks, gaps, and holes around the exterior of your home

  • Check for any leaky pipes and extensive water damage, and repair as necessary

  • Always check firewood, furniture, or boxes that have been stored outside for any amount of time before bringing them inside

  • Keep stacks of firewood stored away from the exterior of your home

  • Clean up and remove any piles of debris around your yard

  • Inspect for other pests that may be infesting your home

  • Proper food storage; keep dried goods in airtight containers and never leave food sitting out overnight

  • Add tight-fitting lids to all indoor trash cans

How To Get Rid Of A Brown Recluse Infestation Without Burning Your House Down

While it's funny to think about in theory, torching your Tulsa house may look pretty tempting if you have a brown recluse infestation. Instead of taking the homeless route, call Dandi Guaranty for help. With over 60 years of pest control experience, we've seen our fair share of spider infestations, and we're more than happy to assist you with your pest problems. We only use the highest quality pest control products on the market as well, and we pride ourselves on providing 100% customer satisfaction. So get in contact with us today, and say goodbye to those eight-legged freaks.

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