Often identified by a dark brown violin shape on its back, the brown recluse spider is predominantly found in the Southeast of the United States. This species is well known for its secretive behaviors, as it prefers to take residence in warm, dry and dark environments, such as woodpiles, basements, attics and closets.
Like many spiders, the brown recluse likes to stay secluded in dark corners of places that are rarely disturbed or cleaned. Inside locations such as voids between walls, storage areas and basements inside houses can provide plenty of areas for these pests to hide. Outside these spiders may inhabit sheds, barns and garages and may unknowingly be brought inside a home when moving stored items inside. The abundance of prey insects can lure a brown recluse spider inside the house, as well as provide a sustainable source of food should they get inside a home.
Brown recluse bites are usually unintentional when it feels trapped, typically when a hand or foot reaches into a shoe, piece of clothing, or a box in the attic where a brown recluse has made its home. Clothes and shoes should not be left on the floor, or they should be shaken out before wearing, especially if stored in the basement, garage, or other dark areas. It’s good practice to store seldom-used items, such as boots, toys, gardening clothes and gloves in tightly sealed plastic bags or boxes.
Since every building or home is unique, your technician will design a special program for your situation. Keeping spiders out of homes and buildings is an ongoing process, not a one-time treatment.