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I think I have a Brown Recluse Spider in my house. How can I tell?

The brown recluse spider is one of the most poisonous house spiders today, so it’s important to identify. Often called a “fiddle-back” spider because of its distinct violin-shaped marking on the body, the brown recluse spider inhabits basements, sheds, barns and other dark places.

As for color, the brown recluse spider is brownish-yellow, as the name suggests. It does not have any stripes or dots. The body of a fully-grown brown recluse spider may measure about 10 mm, and it is usually the size of a quarter from leg to leg.

Physical characteristics to help you identify the brown recluse spider:

– Violin shaped marking on the back
– Brown to dull yellow in color
– Uniformly colored legs and bodies
– No distinct color variations
– Size of a quarter

Are Brown Recluse Spiders Dangerous?

Brown recluse spiders will bite if surprised or threatened. They gravitate toward dark places, preferring to build their webs in storage areas and within boxes and under furniture. If you’re cleaning out an old shed or basement, beware of getting a bite.

What are the signs that I was bitten by a brown recluse spider?

This is the tricky part. You may never even know you were bitten until you begin experiencing symptoms, and the symptoms are often confused for other illnesses. These include: fever, convulsions, itching, nausea and muscle pain. Sometimes these symptoms are misdiagnosed as Lyme’s disease.

Other times it’s obvious. The site of the bite will swell and redden and may blister over. It’s possible in severe cases that a bite may result in painful, open wounds that are purplish black and do not readily heal.

Much of this depends on where on your body you got the bite and the amount of venom you contracted. Since the bites are not painful, and could occur while you’re sleeping, it may go undetected until the fever and nausea surface. Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect you were bitten by a brown recluse spider.

Symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite:

– Often mistaken for Lyme’s disease because the symptoms are hard to pinpoint
– May result in wounds that take longer to heal
– Could cause fever, convulsions, itching, nausea, and muscle pain
– Seek medical treatment immediately

Do I need spider removal services?

Chances are if you’re seeing one brown recluse spider, you have an infestation on your hands. St. Louis pest control experts at Blue Chip are available to help you. Contact us today to learn how we can eradicate this arachnid once and for all.

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