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Although the spooky season isn’t here just yet, let’s take a minute to talk about something that might make you shudder…spiders! More specifically, the elusive brown recluse spider and why it’s crucial to be able to identify them in your home. 

You might be wondering, "Why on earth should I care about identifying brown recluse spiders?" Well, the truth is, these little pests pack a potentially dangerous bite. Before you start panicking, let me assure you that bites are relatively rare, and most spider bites are harmless. However, a brown recluse bite can cause serious issues; we want to avoid that.

So, how do you identify these shy spiders? Brown recluses are typically light to medium brown, and they have a distinctive violin-shaped mark on their backs. Hence, they are often referred to as "violin spiders." They also have especially messy webs, ewwwww, I know, but rest assured, not all brown spiders are brown recluses, and that's where taking photos comes in handy.

If you’re like me, getting close enough to a spider, especially one that has a potentially painful bite, to take a picture, isn’t exactly something on your bucket list, but with your smartphone, you can get that pic at a safe distance. Just make sure it’s clear enough for proper spider identification. Don’t squish the spider first! I know it’s tempting, but a squished spider is much harder to identify.

Once you have your clear picture, submitting it to us is a piece of cake! Head to our website and ask a bug pro. We have a form that allows you to easily upload your photo and add any relevant information you might have, like the size of the spider and where you found it. The more details, the better! Once you've sent it off, you can sit back and relax while the experts work their magic.

If it is confirmed that brown recluse spiders have set up shop in your home, our team can advise you on the best course of action to keep you and your family safe, including providing you with professional spider control to help you get rid of brown recluse spiders in Murfreesboro. Along with brown recluse spider control for your home, here are a few things you can do on your own to avoid brown recluse spider bites:

  • Declutter your home – these spiders are shy, like dark secluded places and if you keep things clutter-free, they’ll have fewer spots to hide

  • Remove cardboard from your home, opting for plastic totes for storage

  • Seal cracks, crevices and gaps around doors and windows

  • Keep storage areas tidy

  • Don’t leave clothes and shoes lying around on the floor; shake out clothes and shoes before putting them on

Identifying brown recluse spiders is important when it comes to keeping your home and family safe. Embrace the technology in your hand. Snap a pic, send it to us and let our team of experts take care of the rest. If you don’t have brown recluse and don’t want them… keeping an on-going regular scheduled general pest control service is helpful. Brown recluse prey on other spiders and insects and minimizing insect populations around your home with regular pest control helps keep brown reclused spiders away.

For the best home pest control in Murfreesboro and the surrounding communities, contact us today! We’re easy to get a hold of, just click, call or text! Mention this blog and get $50 off one of our specialized brown recluse spider services.