The Brown Recluse Spider
Brown recluse spiders are very prominent around the Oklahoma City area. Other commonly known names are the “brown fiddler”, “violin spider” or “fiddleback spider”. They are one of two spiders in North America with medically significant venom, the other being the Black Widow.
Identification: One way to identify the brown recluse is to look for a “fiddle” or “violin” shape on its back. The body itself is usually light brown in color but can range from a whitish brown to a blackish grey.
Life-Cycle: Brown Recluse spiders can live for about 3 years. Females can produce 3 egg sacs every two to three months. Each sac contains approximately 50 eggs. These spiders are very resilient, and can live for 6 months to a year without food.
Habitat: Brown Recluse spiders prefer to live in undisturbed places, but since they hunt for their food, they are often found throughout the home. Common areas to find the brown recluse are:
- bed sheets or beds
- work gloves
- apparel lying on the floor
Bite: Brown recluse spiders contain a potentially deadly hemotoxic venom. The bite may not be felt initially and usually only occurs when the spider is agitated or pressed against the skin. Symptoms may vary depending on the bite and age of the victim, therefore it is recommended that you research and consult with a health care professional to determine proper diagnosis.
If you suspect you have brown recluse spiders living in your home, call us immediately for a free termite inspection in Oklahoma City. When it comes to your health and well being, pest control is a no brainer.
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