Many spider are harmless, but on of the most dangerous is the brown recluse spider. They are called the brown recluse, because they like to hide out during the day. Hence the name recluse.
They generally occupy dark and undisturbed areas. They can be found indoors or outdoors. Indoors they are commonly found in attics, basements, crawl spaces, cellars, closets, and heater vents. They will find a storage box, shoe, clothing, folded linens, or even your sheets to hide. Outdoors they like to live under logs, loose stones and stacks of lumber. They are not aggressive spiders by nature. Some common ways people have been bitten is by rolling over one in your bed while sleeping, touching one accidentally while cleaning out your storage area or putting on an old pair of shoes that a brown recluse spider has made a home in.
Preventing Spider Bites
There are steps to avoid getting a bite from a brown recluse spider.
- Shake out clothing and shoes before getting dressed.
- Inspect bedding and towels before use.
- Wear gloves when picking up firewood, lumber, and rocks, but be sure to check the gloves for spiders first.
- Bed skirts are nice looking, but they are great for spiders to crawl up.
- Move the bed away from the wall slightly.
- Storage under the bed are handy, but they make a great dark place for brown recluse spiders to live.
- Be careful when picking up cardboard boxes. Recluse spiders like to hide under the folded cardboard flaps.
Keep Spiders Out
The best way to avoid brown recluse spider bites is to keep them outside and away from your house.
- Windows and doors must be tight-fitting. Door sweeps are a must.
- Use seal or caulk cracks that the spider can use to get into your house.
- Your lights outside can attract bugs and spiders like to eat bugs. So the best kind of light bulbs are yellow or sodium vapor light bulbs. They attract less bugs.
- Seal off the edges of your cardboard boxes to keep the spider out or use plastic bags that can seal to store things in your garage, basement and attic.
- Get rid of trash, old boxes, old clothing, wood piles, rock piles, and other things you don't want.
- Clean your closets out. Throw away and organize them.
- Move your wood away from the side of the house. Stack it as far away as you can.
- Brown recluse prefer to eat dead insects, so clean them up as soon as you notice them.
If you are nervous about the affects of using pesticides in your home here are some homemade remedies for getting rid of spiders: