The best way to avoid
Recluse bite is to eliminate them from your home. However, there are steps
you can take to avoid being bitten if these spiders are in your home.
One study in
Missouri indicated that Brown Recluse Spiders were in 70% of homes they
sampled. Being proactive is the best response to avoid being harmed
by these spiders. Following the below precautions and having a Brown
Recluse First Aid Kit on hand is the best form of defense.
If Brown Recluse spiders
are in your home, being aware of their habits and how most people are bitten
can help you avoid being a victim. Most Brown Recluse spider bites occur when trapped between your skin and another surface. Click
here to learn about the habits of the Brown Recluse spider. Here are some
instances when bites have occurred:
- When rolling over in bed
- When taking a bath or
shower (spiders trapped within smooth surfaces of tub or shower)
- When putting on clothing
- When cleaning out closets
- When emptying out boxes or containers that
have been stored for a long length of time.
- When gathering wood from a wood pile
- When cleaning out garages, barns, sheds and
- Check your bed before getting into it,
especially if the bed has been unused for a while. Keep beds and cribs
away from the wall. Remove bed skirts to reduce the chances of Brown
Recluse spiders crawling in or on your bed.
- Shake out your clothes before putting them
- Avoid putting clothing on the floor when
you go to bed at night.
- Shake out your shoes before putting them
- Wear gloves and long sleeved shirts when
cleaning out or emptying closets, boxes or containers that are usually
- Wear gloves and long sleeved shirts when
gathering wood from woodpiles, cleaning out garages, barns, sheds or
was actually bit while at work at our warehouse. I was wearing sandals
and felt something on my foot. A Brown Recluse had gotten caught under
the strap of my sandal and had bit me before he died. I went home and
ordered the kit that night. By the next day my foot had swollen to twice
it's normal size and the wound was starting to ooze puss. I received the
kit that day at noon and started using it. It took a week for the
swelling to go down. It actually took four weeks for the wound to heal.
I went to my doctor about two months after the bite and he said that due
to the quick thinking of ordering the kit I probably saved myself from permanent
damage to my foot. It's been six months now and the only thing
left of the bite is discoloration to my skin where the bite
happened." Scott Davis - Dallas, Texas
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Research conducted at Oklahoma State and Texas
A&M Universities has confirmed that Brown Recluse spiders are
tenacious and very difficult to kill with most insecticides. Treatment of
Brown Recluse spiders with pesticides is usually ineffective unless directly sprayed on
the spider. However, even something as simple as water can have the same
effect when sprayed directly.
At one time it was thought
that pesticides had a secondary benefit in that if you
destroy the Brown Recluse's food, the Brown Recluse will need to go
elsewhere to live. But more recent research at Kansas University indicates
that Brown Recluses actually prefer dead insects over living ones
81.4% of the time and that improper applications of pesticides can
actually increase Brown Recluse spider populations.
Spiders can safely eat
prey that was killed by insecticides even 24 hours before. They will also
eat prey partially eaten by other Brown Recluse Spiders and prey that had
been dead for 2 months. Also, pesticides can actually kill spiders that
prey on Brown Recluses.
For this reason, spraying could
potentially be counterproductive unless your exterminator is a
that is very knowledgeable about Brown Recluse Spiders and a full
Integrated Pest Management analysis is done. However, this can get quite
expensive and they will not guarantee that they can fully exterminate
Brown Recluse Spiders.
Most pest control companies
agree and researchers at Kansas University confirm, Glue Traps (also
known as Sticky Traps) are very effective for reducing Brown
Recluse populations when the traps are set in places where Brown Recluses are
commonly found. Ideal trap placement would be under beds, dressers and
appliances, in corners, flat on the floor up against a wall near a window and behind
or underneath furniture.
University of Kansas researchers recommended 30-35 glue traps be
set in the average sized three bedroom home with a garage. If you see Brown Recluse spiders on the trap, be careful when
you pick up the glue boards. The spiders are immobilized by the glue, but
the chances are good that they are actually still alive since they can
live for 6 to 12 months without food or water.
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"...Man, the traps are getting lots of action. Recluses check in, but they
don't check out! I've caught about 10 of the little devils in the past few
months. Because the traps are easily moved from place to place - it's great to
know that an empty one can be moved to a new location where other traps
demonstrate a heavier infestation. Four dead ones in the utility room - none
in the gameroom - time to blanket the utility area with more traps! Placing
the traps near the water heater was also spot-on information from your website
- found three dead ones there. Thanks to your traps I think we are finally
getting a handle on our recluse problem and we're doing so without the toxic
chemicals we'd prefer not to have in our home." John O. -
Broken Arrow, OK
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Shoes are quite effective treatment for Brown
Recluse spiders. One stomp and they will have no chance of biting anyone.
However, you will need to be fast on your feet because they scurry very quickly
as this video
illustrates. And, of course, make sure there are no Brown Recluse
spiders inside your shoes before you put them on your feet!
- Routine, thorough house cleaning with a
vacuum will help eliminate spider egg sacs, spiders and webs. Dispose
of the bag outside. However, normal house spider like the small cobweb
weaving spiders you see in your house are the main predators of Brown
Recluse spiders. For this reason, it may be best to leave them and
their egg sacs alone.
- Caulk or seal any cracks and crevices in the
structure where the spiders exist. Chimneys, window sills, pipes,
utility access holes and door thresholds are potential openings.
Sealing off these areas will not only help keep insects (food for Brown
Recluse's) from entering, but also keep outside populations of Brown
Recluse spiders from entering your home after your attempts to
eliminate their indoor population.
- Install screens or replace damaged screens on doors
- Remove potential breeding places like
woodpiles, leaf litter, debris and rocks around your home.
- Seal boxes and storage bags. Keep them away
from a wall where possible.
- Inspect clothing that is infrequently worn.
Store them in sealed plastic bags or boxes when not in use.
- Reducing clutter in your home will reduce
the number of places they can hide. Undisturbed clutter in basements,
attics, and closets are favorite Brown Recluse hiding spots.
- Because Brown Recluse spiders
usually start to come
out of their hiding places after dark, that is one of the best times
to do a search for them. They will usually not be too far from where
they chose to hide during the day. Use a flashlight to hunt for them
in poorly lit areas. When you find one, kill it with a broom or shoe
and see if you can discover its hiding place. If you find it, seal it up.
Brown Recluse spiders are
experts at hiding, thus the name "Recluse". They can be found in
both new and old homes since they will often move with you. It is possible that
in spite of all precautions, you will still have Brown Recluse spiders in
your home. If you are bit, however, time is of the essence. This is why we
have developed the First Aid kit for Brown Recluse spider bites. .
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