Brown recluse spiders love to hide in dark, undisturbed places in your home. They nestle their way inside shoes, in boxes in your attic or garage, in the winter clothes in the back of your closet, in stacks of paper, and so on. They’re venomous, and their bites can cause tissue death, leaving you with open wounds that go down to the muscle, or even the bone. If you find one, call a Las Vegas pest control company fast.
In this blog, we’ll take a deeper look at brown recluse spiders in Las Vegas, how to identify them, the threat they pose to Las Vegas residents, and steps you can take to deter them from your property.
There are officially 11 species of brown recluse spiders. Their bodies are typically ¼ to ½ inch long, with legs that make them look about the size of a quarter. In addition to their all-over brown coloring, they usually have a darker brown fiddle-shaped mark on their head. However, they’re not always easy to tell apart from other brown spiders.
There are numerous spiders that look like the brown recluse spider. Cellar spiders have thinner bodies and skinnier legs. Grass spiders have larger, thicker bodies and legs. Wolf spiders are even larger. Hobo spiders fall somewhere between grass spiders and wolf spiders. All of these spiders can easily be confused for brown recluse spiders, or vice versa.
One big difference spiders that look similar to brown recluses have is that they usually spin webs. For example, hobo spiders spin funnel-shaped webs so they can trap their prey. Brown recluse spiders rarely spin webs, and when they do, the webs are irregularly shaped. Instead, brown recluse spiders hunt their prey rather than trapping it.
You may be wondering, “Are brown recluse spiders dangerous?” The short answer is yes. Brown recluse spiders bite when they feel threatened by a hand or foot coming too close and will inject you with venom. They may also bite if you put on clothing they were hiding in.
That venom can cause necrosis, eating away at the soft tissue around the place where the spider bit you. You may not feel the bite itself for up to eight hours, but a small blister will usually show up, and the area may become swollen. You’ll likely become restless, have trouble sleeping, and run a fever.
Most bites heal on their own over the course of three weeks. However, if you have a more severe reaction, the dead tissue will come off over the next two weeks, leaving an open wound. This is why you must seek medical attention ASAP if you think you’ve been bitten by a brown recluse.
If you want to know how to get rid of brown recluse spiders, the best way is to call in a pest control expert. Our service technicians have been expertly trained to locate the spiders, treat the infested area, and leave you feeling safe and secure in your own home again. And no one takes care of spiders more effectively than Vantage Pest Control.
You may wonder how to get rid of brown recluse spiders naturally. At Vantage, we use a blend of essential oils, including cinnamon, citrus, and pyrethrin; borate; and algae to provide an eco-friendly option. We mix up a specific blend to treat the brown recluse infestation, then spray both inside and outside your home. Our natural treatments are safe for your children and your pets. However, research indicates that natural remedies for brown recluses may be less effective and need to be applied more often.
Knowing what attracts brown recluse spiders and how they get into your house is essential to preventing future infestations.
Here are five steps you can take to prevent future issues with brown recluses.
Brown recluse spiders can be dangerous if they feel cornered or trapped. Their venom can cause severe skin ulcers, so you should get them out of your house as quickly as possible. We can help. Call us today to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Las Vegas, and to get your free quote.
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