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How To Identify And Get Rid Of Brown Recluse Spiders Around Your Ogden Home

August 30, 2022 - Spiders

For many in Ogden, it is frightening to get under the house out of concern of being bitten by the elusive poisonous brown spiders. Going down into a basement and retrieving an old box can cause a moment of trepidation as one wonders if a brown recluse is in the shadows.

How do you know if you have brown recluse spiders on your property or spiders that resemble brown recluses? What happens if you get bitten by a brown recluse? The answer to your questions and the end of fear are possible with the best pest control in Ogden, Peak Pest Control. Our team of trained experts will solve your spider problem.

Brown Recluse Spiders Are The Most Misidentified Spiders

There are many species of spiders that look like brown recluse spiders. The following are keys to correctly identifying a brown recluse:

  • Check The Eyes: Most spiders have eight eyes segregated into two rows of four eyes each, whereas the brown recluse has six eyes divided into pairs.
  • Review The Location: They have found brown recluse spiders in Utah, but our state is not a known hot spot. It is unlikely that the brown spider in your home is a brown recluse. 
  • Look At The Pattern: Many brown spiders have markings on their body, causing misidentification. Where the legs attach to the body (the cephalothorax), you will find a dark brown violin shape with the neck of the sharp pointing toward the abdomen. 
  • Check Out The Legs: Brown recluse spiders do not have stripes or bands on their light-colored legs. Also, the legs have fine hairs rather than spines. 
  • Notice The Abdomen: Many spiders have a multi-colored abdomen, but the stomach of the brown recluse is a solid cream to dark brown color. 
  • Note The Web Location: Many spiders found in homes build their webs in the visible areas, but brown recluse spiders build small webs behind objects. 
  • Observe The Size: The brown recluse is no larger than 1/2 inch. Big brown spiders are not brown recluses. 

Using these descriptors will help you correctly determine whether or not the brown spiders in your home are one of the poisonous spiders in Utah.

The Potential Dangers Of A Brown Recluse Spider's Bite

Initially, you may not realize you have been bitten by a brown recluse until pain and a stinging sensation occur six to eight hours later. You may also notice a small blister and swelling at the bite location. A bite from a brown recluse may initially result in the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Restlessness 
  • Difficulty sleeping

Both male and female brown recluses produce venom and bite. The poison kills skin tissue, possibly resulting in an ulcer 10 to 14 days later. The slow-healing ulcer may expose muscle and bone and create scar tissue requiring medical treatment and, in some cases, plastic surgery.

The Safest Way To Remove Brown Recluse Spiders From Your Home

If you want to get rid of a brown recluse spider, precautions are necessary. First, remember that they like to live in dark and secluded spaces. Be sure to have a light to illuminate the dark area to avoid a bite. Second, wear proper protection so the spider cannot find an opening to your skin and unleash its venom. 

Getting rid of a brown recluse spider is best accomplished by our team at Peak Pest Control. We not only eliminate the spider, but we have the tools to destroy its eggs, preventing a future infestation.

Six Simple Tips To Prevent Brown Recluse Spiders In Your Home

No one in Ogden wants to have brown recluse spiders lurking in their basement, crawlspace, attic, or a dark corner of the home. The following are six simple tips to prevent brown recluses from taking up residence in your home: 

  1. Seal all openings to storage boxes. 
  2. Use non-cardboard storage containers.
  3. Enclose seldom-used clothing and shoes in airtight containers.
  4. Discard piles of paper and boxes from the basement or shed.
  5. Remove rotten logs, loose stones, and stacks of wood from the property. 
  6. Seal cracks and crevices in the basement or crawlspace.

For the safest and most effective way to get rid of brown recluse spiders and to prevent a future infestation, contact us at Peak Pest Control. We will take steps to ensure the eradication of the current and future spider population at your Ogden home.

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