How To Identify Brown Recluse Spiders In Hendersonville

Many people think that Nashville is a wonderful place to live. Unfortunately, brown recluse spiders think so too. While most of the spiders that can find their way into Nashville homes are mostly harmless, the recluse has a venom that has the potential to cause harm. You probably know this, and it might have you thinking that every brown spider that gets into your home is a brown recluse. Today, we're going to remove the mystery. Here's how you can tell the difference between brown recluse spiders and other brown spiders.

brown recluse spider in basement

Is it hairy?

When you see a brown, hairy spider crawling around in your home, you can know quickly that it isn't a brown recluse. The brown recluse is visibly hairless. While it has fine hairs on its legs, you won't notice these from a distance. Wolf spiders, on the other hand, are furry looking critters.

Is it big?

When you see a big brown spider in your home, it's not a recluse. An adult recluse spider is only between ¼ and ¾ of an inch long. This places it in the mid-sized category, as spiders go. For reference, they're slightly larger than a penny, or slightly larger than a quarter.

Does it have a violin shape on its back?

When you see a spider that has no marking on its back, you're not looking at a brown recluse. A recluse spider has a dark brown violin mark on its back. This violin shape sits on the back with the neck of the violin pointing toward the back end of the spider. Keep in mind that this violin mark is very small. If the spider is only ¼ of an inch long, that mark is less than ⅛ of an inch. It is helpful that the color of a brown recluse's back is light brown. This helps the mark to stand out a bit.

Does it have a bulbous Abdomen?

There are many spiders that have an abdomen that looks like a round ball. If you see a brown spider with an abdomen like this, it isn't a recluse. The brown recluse has a pill-shaped abdomen. You might even think it looks a little bit like a sack. A spider that has the classic bulb-shaped abdomen is the black widow spider.

What does its web look like?

Sometimes you'll see webs before you see spiders. You can tell a lot about a spider from its web. If you see a web that looks like it belongs on someone's porch during Halloween, that isn't a brown recluse web. The web of a recluse spider is a tangled mess. But there is a reason for that mess. It helps to protect these spiders when they retreat. While they can capture prey in their webs, they mostly hunt for their prey and use webbing to protect themselves when they need to run and hide. You can find brown recluse webs near the floor and in recesses. You may also find a recluse spider in its web.  

What To Do If You See A Brown Recluse Spider

There are DIY methods for spider management, but we don't recommend these for brown recluse spiders. The potential threat these spiders present warrants professional spider control. If you live in Nashville, we can help. We offer service plans for brown recluse spiders. Ask us about our Ultra-Low Level, Low Level, and Standard Level brown recluse control plans. These provide a range of services that target brown recluse, monitor activity, and reduce the food sources around your home that attract brown recluse spiders to your perimeter. With these programs you'll get:

  • Coverage for over 47 common Tennessee pests.

  • Inside and outside service with first visit.

  • A treatment of your attic, basement, and crawlspace.

  • An application of dust to wall voids.

  • Quarterly exterior service, which includes the removal of spider webs.

  • Ongoing monitoring with glue boards.

  • Recorded data for your convenience and peace of mind.

  • No contract. That means you can cancel at any time.

  • Inside treatments as needed, at no additional charge.

  • Ongoing, always active, pest protection for your Nashville home.

Do you have questions?

We'd be happy to answer them. Reach out to us and tell us about your spider concerns. Our friendly agents would love to talk with you and guide you toward the right solution for your family and your budget. At All-American Pest Control, we're committed to providing the highest level of pest control service in Nashville and throughout Middle Tennessee. We're here to help. Get in contact with us today for immediate assistance.


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