Oklahoma City's Complete Guide To Brown Recluse Spiders

August 28, 2020

Not all spiders are dangerous. In fact, most of the home-invading spiders here in Oklahoma City cannot hurt you at all. There are only a select couple of spiders that have been known to pose any real threat to humans; black widow spiders, and brown recluse. Today we will be taking a deeper look into why brown recluse spiders invade homes and provide you with a detailed guide to stop them.

a brown recluse spider on the ground outside a home

How To Identify A Brown Recluse Spider

Some spiders are distinct in their appearance, others are much harder to identify. Brown recluse spiders tend to fall under the latter category. Because of their brown to grey color, average body shape, and thin long legs, brown recluses are often mistaken for other common house spiders. Cellar spiders, wolf spiders, and yellow sac spiders are just a few examples of brown recluse look-alikes. There are two subtle ways to distinguish a brown recluse spider. First, a dark violin shape right behind their head and second, the fact that they only have 6 eyes, compared to most other spiders that have 8.

At the end of the day, the best practice you can have is to avoid any spider you think even might be a brown recluse.

How Dangerous Are Brown Recluse Spiders?

If a competition was held to find the world’s deadliest spider, brown recluse would have a good shot at the title. Just a single bite from one of these eight-legged foes is enough to cause even the toughest individual extreme pain and discomfort.

Here is what you can expect if you are bitten by a brown recluse:

  • Redness around the bite sight followed by a blister.

  • Low to severe pain for two to eight hours following a bite.

  • An open ulcer with a breakdown of tissue that forms around the wound over the course of the following week.

Other symptoms that follow being bitten by a brown recluse include:

  • Nausea

  • Fever

  • Rash

  • General discomfort

  • Intense itching around bite zone

  • Sweating

If you suspect you have been bitten by a brown recluse spider, seek out medical attention immediately to reduce symptoms and save yourself from additional complications.

Prevention Tips For Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown recluses are not the easiest pests to keep out of homes, mainly because to prevent them you have to also prevent the other insects they invade to hunt. If you are up for the task, here are ten things you can do to pest-proof your Oklahoma City home:

1. Use a caulking gun or some liquid cement to seal up cracks, holes, and gaps in your home’s exterior foundation.

2. Make sure all of your home’s weather stripping and door sweeps are in good working order.

3. Repair or replace broken or torn window and door screens.

4. Check your gutters and make sure they are properly channeling water away from your home’s exterior.

5. Fix any leaky pipes or fixtures in and around your home.

6. Keep your yard clear of brush and debris.

7. Trim back bushes and tree branches at least 5 feet from your home’s exterior.

8. Avoid feeding your pets outside.

9. Turn off exterior lights at night or invest in insect repellent light bulbs.

10. Clean your home regularly and store leftover food inside airtight containers after every meal.

To make Oklahoma City pest prevention easier on yourself, consider the benefits of hiring Dandi Guaranty. We can set in place quality defenses to keep a large number of different pests out of your home including brown recluse spiders.

Contact our team today for any questions or to find an pest control plan that best fits your needs.

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