Brown Recluse Spider is a Common Home InvaderNPMA Staff
Thursday, September 16, 2010
By NPMA Staff
When homeowners come indoors as cooler weather starts to blow
in, they may not realize they have some hidden intruders- spiders.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) encourages
homeowners to be particularly aware of the brown recluse spider,
one of the more poisonous spiders in America.
"Although most spiders are harmless, it is important for
homeowners to be aware that some can cause painful and severe bites
like the brown recluse spider," says Missy Henriksen, vice
president of public affairs for the NPMA. "It's important to learn
how to identify these poisonous spiders, where they hide and then
promptly remove them from the home."
The brown recluse spider is about a half inch in size and has a
dark brown violin marking on its back. It's well adapted to living
indoors and can survive months without food or water. It commonly
inhabits dark spaces, woodpiles, and cool areas in attics and
Some people are mildly affected by the bite of a brown recluse
spider, showing only a small red mark. Others may experience
extreme allergic reactions and need to seek medical attention
promptly. In this case, the bite may cause a lesion on the skin
that is blue-gray or blue-white and ranges in size from an adult's
thumbnail to the span of a hand.
NPMA offers advice to prevent spiders from entering the home and
- Shake out shoes and clothes before getting dressed.
- Examine towels and bedding before use.
- Do not keep boxes or other items under the bed.
- Install weather stripping, door sweeps and tight-fitting
screens on windows and doors.
- Seal cracks and crevices around the home.
- Remove clutter from basements, attics and garages.
- Vacuum/sweep away webs in and around the home.