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Did the description of this article capture your attention? Does it sound like a headline for a news story you would want to know about? Venomous spider infestations happen quite often in Tennessee. Usually, it is the brown recluse spider causing the trouble. While black widow spiders can get into our homes, they don't prefer to. The brown recluse, on the other hand, can do quite well in a home and reproduce a startling number of spiders. When infestations are discovered, many spiders are often found. Should this be a cause for concern? While there are many reasons to avoid the brown recluse spider, they aren't quite the 'things of nightmares' many would have us believe. It is important to understand truth from fiction, especially when it comes to addressing this pest threat. Today, we're going to dispel a few myths and give you a few facts that are worth being concerned about.

Myths

  • A bite from a black widow spider is not likely to kill you. While you can get quite sick, most people are treated for these bites and recover. The mortality rate is quite low.
  • A black widow spider and a brown recluse spider will not hunt you down to bite you. They do not consider you to be prey. You can get bitten, however, if you accidentally startle one or press up against one.
  • All brown recluse bites do not lead to significant necrosis. Most often, the lesion that forms at the site of the bite wound remains small.

Fact

  • Brown recluse multiply in structures and can become a significant threat because their venom doesn't just cause necrosis. Symptoms of brown recluse bites include fever, chills, pain at the site of the bite wound, nausea, joint pain, muscle pain, weakness, and in very rare cases seizures or coma.
  • If a brown recluse spider bites you while you sleep and inflicts a wound in a sensitive location, even a small amount of necrosis can create a big problem.
  • Brown recluse and black widow spiders like to hide in holes. For this reason, they get into footwear, climb into unmade beds, explore crumpled towels or clothing bunched up on the floor, etc. Always shake items out before wearing or using them. And always check for spiders before you get into bed.
  • All-American Pest Control is aware of the threat brown recluse spiders can present. This has led us to develop 3 pest control programs that include monitoring and management of brown recluse.

If you live in Mt. Juliet and you want the best protection possible for brown recluse and other dangerous pests, we can help. Reach out to us today and request a free home evaluation. We'll let you know what pest pressures you're dealing with and guide you toward a plan that is specific for your needs and your budget.