Take a look around.
Now I’m going to tell you something that may terrify you.
You are likely in the proximity of a spider at this very moment, and you probably don’t even know it!
If you live in Tennessee, there is a possibility that the spider hiding out near you is a Brown Recluse!
Tennessee Brown Recluse Spiders
Very few spiders strike fear in Tennessee homeowners, like the Brown Recluse spider. There is one reason for this phobia… The Brown Recluse’s toxic, dangerous, painful bites.
Contrary to what most of us think, the Brown Recluse is actually a very shy spider in nature. They don’t hunt us down. They don’t take any joy in biting us. In fact, most bites occur on accident; when we put on a shirt that we left on the floor in which one of these spiders happens to be hiding in, or rummage through a discarded box. This bite is simply a response by the spider, as it is afraid of being injured.
Despite their shy, retiring nature, we Tennessee residents need to be weary of the Brown Recluse’s bite. Once bitten, Brown Recluse venom will kill the living tissue near the site of the bite. The bitten area will turn a red and bluish-white or bluish-grey in color; with the bite festering and possibly becoming infected. The process is called necrosis.
***WARNING*** If you are bitten by a Brown Recluse spider, seek immediate medical attention.
Brown Recluse Description
Brown Recluse spiders are medium in size. If you were to measure to the outside of their legs, they would be about as round as a quarter. These spiders also come in a variety of colors, from a very dark brown to a light yellow; and everything in-between.
There are three distinguishing characteristics of Brown Recluse spiders. First, the violin-shaped marking on the top of the spider’s body directly above the legs. This marking is always significantly darker than the rest of the spider.
The second distinguishing characteristic of the Brown Recluse, are the eyes. Most species of spider have eight eyes, while the Brown Recluse will only have six (three pairs arranged in a half-circle). This feature alone can eliminate most all other spiders that you might suspect of being a Brown Recluse spider.
The third distinguishing characteristic of the Brown Recluse spider are their legs. The second pair of legs is always longer than the remaining pair.
Brown Recluse Habitat
Brown Recluse spiders commonly live in areas they can find other insect pests to eat. The darker and more secluded, the better. They need to have access to water, but prefer low moisture conditions. They don not build webs, but hunt and stock their insect meals.
Outside your home, Brown Recluse spiders live in wood piles, clutter or other garbage, and in bushes and other shrubbery.
Inside your home, they tend to prefer darkened storage areas in closets, garages, basements, attics and cupboards. They will also take up residents in your wall voids.
Brown Recluse Prevention
There are many steps you can take both inside and outside your Tennessee home to prevent Brown Recluse spiders from becoming a major problem. Some of these include: eliminating harborage and clutter in your home and around your yard, sealing up cracks and crevices that act as entry points into your home, and keeping the inside of your home well lit.
If you are still having issues with brown Recluse spiders, and in cases of serious infestations, you must call a professional Brown recluse exterminator!
Author Bio: Anthony Ball is a blogger of all things pests and pest control. When not playing with my four-year old daughter, I’m drowning some bait at the nearest lake or reservoir.