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

brown recluse spider in yard

Spiders are a pest that comes in different sizes and colors, depending on the species. However, they all share similar traits, such as the fangs and venom they have to subdue prey and protect themselves. While all spiders have these features, most are not dangerous to people, but some are, including the brown recluse. 

You can learn everything you need to know about the brown recluse spider from our experts at Mayco Pest & Termite Control, who are here to assist you with pest control in Denton to keep spiders away!

Brown Recluse Spiders Are Commonly Misidentified

The brown recluse is one of two dangerous spiders in Texas, the other being the black widow. The black widow isn't as difficult to identify because they have a unique shiny black appearance with a reddish-orange hourglass marking. In comparison, many spiders look similar to the brown recluse, making them more challenging to identify correctly. 

The brown recluse spider is light brown with a dark, violin-shaped pattern, and species often mistaken for them include the huntsman spider, wolf spider, hobo spider, and other house spiders. If you look closely, you can distinguish the brown recluse from these different types of spiders because the brown recluse will have uniformly colored legs and not striped, hairs on their legs and not spines, and will build webs in secluded places, not out in the open. The brown recluse spider's web will also appear messy and disorganized, unlike the wheel pattern we think of spiders building.

The Symptoms Of A Brown Recluse Spider's Bite

While brown recluse spiders are dangerous, a bite from one is rarely fatal because of access to medical attention and anti-venom. However, some demographics, like children and older people, are more at risk when it comes to a bite from one of these spiders. 

It's essential to know that symptoms of a brown recluse bite include body aches, chills, fever, increasing pain within the first eight hours, stomach and back pain, swelling, bruising, and muscle pain. Vomiting, rash, and dizziness can also occur due to a brown recluse bite.

If a brown recluse bit you or someone else, and you are unsure what kind of spider caused the bite, seek medical attention.

Contact The Pros For The Safe Removal Of Brown Recluse Spiders

If you believe you see brown recluse spiders on your Denton property, please don't hesitate to contact us at Mayco Pest & Termite Control. Our highly trained experts will assess the conditions around your yard and home and customize a treatment plan to eliminate current brown recluse populations and prevent new ones from forming. 

Not only will a home pest control plan help to keep spiders away, but it will also decrease other insect populations that attract spiders. 

Five Easy And Effective Spider Prevention Tips For Around Your Home

You can keep brown recluses and other common spiders away from your home by utilizing these five easy and effective prevention tips:

  1. Keep your yard maintained by cutting the lawn short, trimming foliage, and removing debris like leaf litter.
  2. Properly store firewood and remove leaf piles as brown recluses like to build their webs in secluded areas low to the ground.
  3. Inspect the exterior of your home for entry points like gaps around windows and doors, missing screens, and cracks in the foundation
  4. Keep your home clutter-free and organized to remove hiding places and make cleaning easier.
  5. Knock down spider webs you see around your property as it will help discourage spiders from sticking around. 

Contact Mayco Pest & Termite Control for more prevention tips and assistance with brown recluse spiders.