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Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse Spider (Loxosceles reclusa)

Brown Recluse Spiders are notorious for their venomous bites, often causing uneasiness among homeowners who discover them in their living spaces. This guide will help you identify and understand this spider species, as well as offer practical tips for keeping them out of your home and office.

Brown Recluse Spiders are a cause for concern due to their venomous bites, which can lead to serious health issues. The fear and uneasiness they provoke among homeowners is understandable, but it's important to be informed about this spider species. Identifying and understanding the Brown Recluse Spider is the first step in effectively dealing with them. This guide provides valuable insights and practical tips to help you keep these spiders out of your living spaces and offices. By taking control and implementing preventive measures, you can ensure a spider-free environment. 

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The Brown Recluse Spider is:

  • Color: It has a light to dark brown body with a slightly darker, violin-shaped mark on its cephalothorax.

  • Size: The spider has a body length of about 1/4 to 3/4 inches with long, slender legs.

  • Eyes: Unlike most spiders with eight eyes, Brown Recluses have only six eyes, arranged in three pairs.


Brown Recluse Spider Habitat:

  • Outdoor settings: They can be found under rocks, logs, and in woodpiles in shielded, undisturbed spaces.

  • Indoor settings: They prefer dark, secluded areas, such as attics, basements, closets, and storage rooms.

Entry into your home or business

Brown Recluse Spiders may enter homes and offices through:

  • Cracks and crevices in walls, windows, and doorframes.
  • Gaps in ventilation and utility openings.
  • Hitchhiking on belongings, furniture, and boxes when moved from infested locations.



Brown Recluse Spiders rarely attack humans unless threatened or accidentally trapped against the skin. However, their bites can lead to significant damage, such as:

  • Pain, redness, and blistering at the bite site.
  • Serious skin reactions like necrotic wounds or skin infections.
  • In rare cases, systemic reactions like fever, nausea, and muscle pain.

Control and Safety

To control the Brown Recluse Spider in your home, follow these steps:

  • Regularly inspecting and sealing cracks and crevices on your property.
  • Installing weatherstripping around doors and windows.
  • Wearing gloves while handling firewood, moving boxes, or cleaning.
  • Keeping living spaces clean and uncluttered to avoid providing hiding spots for these spiders.

Prevention and Removal

To prevent and remove the Brown Recluse Spider from your home:

  • Regularly conducting thorough inspections and cleaning of living spaces.
  • Employing sticky traps in areas where Brown Recluse Spiders have been spotted.
  • Ensuring proper ventilation and moisture control in basements and crawlspaces.
  • If infestations persist, contact a professional pest control service for assistance.


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