Spider control experts know that there are in excess of 3,000 arachnids living in this country and one species that no one wants to meet is the brown recluse. Scientifically known as a Loxosceles reclusa, it has the unnerving ability to turn healthy, human skin necrotic with just one well placed bite. Perhaps what makes them even more dangerous is their nocturnal nature and penchant for hiding inside of man-made structures.
The list of places brown recluse spiders like to hide includes, but is not limited to gaps in bed frames, wall voids, furniture, mail boxes, bathroom cabinets and cracks in a home’s baseboards. According to spider control experts, it’s those two things that often put black recluses in direct contact with unsuspecting humans and domestic pets.
For the most part, brown recluses are reluctant to bite the domestic pets and humans they encounter along the way. However, they will lash out if they feel threatened or provoked. Their quick, small bites inject a slow-acting venom into the unfortunate victim’s skin. Consequently, signs of a problem may not show up in some victims for an hour or more. Others may present with more immediate signs of a potential problem.
For example, if people with compromised immune systems or inherent sensitivities to spider venom are bit, it is likely that the injection site will first blister or develop lesions. The skin changes may also be accompanied by fever, intense itching, nausea, chills and uncontrolled sweating. In the process, the skin cells impacted by the spider’s venom will start to die. As such, any suspected bites should immediately be reported to a trusted healthcare facility or family physician.
Signs of a brown recluse spider infestation, on the other hand, should prompt an immediate call to a spider control expert. These particular spiders are not only venomous, they tend to reproduce fast. For instance, it is common for a single female to produce 100+ offspring each year. To learn more about how spider control experts deal with brown recluse infestations, please contact us today.