Is The Brown Spider In Your Streator Home Dangerous?

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If you live in Streator Illinois, and you see a brown spider in your home, it could be a dangerous spider. It depends on what brown spider you're looking at. If it is a big, hairy brown spider, it's probably a wolf spider. Besides having a bite that can hurt like a bee sting, it isn't dangerous. But if the spider is about the size of a quarter, is visually hairless, and has a dark brown violin marking on its back, it is a brown recluse spider, which has the potential to be dangerous--but not quite as dangerous as you might think. Here's what you need to know.

Just How Dangerous Is The Brown Recluse Spider?

If you do a search for "brown recluse spider bite" on the internet, you can get the impression that these are the most dangerous spiders in the world. Some of the wounds caused by brown recluse spiders are startling to look at. This is because the venom of a brown recluse spider can cause necrosis. But not every wound caused by a brown recluse spider will lead to widespread necrosis. In fact, most bites don't. If you're bitten, you may only have a small ulcer in the center of a red rash, and the wound could go away on its own in a few days. But it is still a good idea to have your physician look at it, to make sure.

When considering how dangerous brown recluse spiders are, it is also important to understand that these spiders don't want to bite you. If you go near a brown recluse spider, and it is able to get away, it is likely to flee. Bites usually occur when one of these spiders gets trapped against the skin, such as when it accidentally crawls up a pant leg or is pressing against a leg when someone crawls into bed. It is this kind of contact that you should be concerned about.

Should I Be Worried About Brown Recluse Spiders In My House?

While we don't believe it is of any benefit to be fearful of brown recluse spiders, it is wise to take quick action if you see these spiders in your Streator home. Here are a few reasons why:

  • You could get bitten and have a bad reaction.
  • A spider could bite you on the eyelid or some other sensitive location.
  • Brown recluse are nocturnal spiders that will crawl around your home at night, and they could accidentally crawl on you while you're sleeping.
  • Brown recluse can grow enormous populations inside a home. In some brown recluse infestations, thousands of individual spiders have been found.

Brown Recluse Bite Prevention

  • Always check shoes before sliding your feet in.
  • Shake clothing, towels, gloves, hats and other items before you put them on.
  • Check your bed before climbing in, especially if you leave it unmade during the day.
  • Remove bed skirts and make sure bedding doesn't touch the floor.
  • Clean up any clutter in your home to remove hiding places.
  • Be cautious when getting and opening boxes from a storage location.
  • Pound or bang on something when you go into your attic space to let these spiders know you're coming. The vibration can drive them away.
  • Wear gloves when working in the yard or when moving lots of items in storage areas.
  • If you don't have brown recluse spiders inside your home, inspect your exterior and seal up any entry points you find. Reduce moisture around your home to reduce the insects that brown recluse spiders come to feed on. And move woodpiles and other objects away from your exterior.

Brown Recluse Spider Control

If you're seeing spiders in your home, especially brown recluse spiders, reach out to Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators. Our licensed pest professionals have the education and experience to properly address spider infestations. Effectively eliminating brown recluse spiders is a complicated process that requires a detailed inspection, the application of appropriate control products, and monitoring of spider activity to ensure success. This is one spider that you should definitely make sure you get the first time. We make it easy to get started. Request a free inspection, and we will send a pest professional over to take a look at your problem and guide you toward a solution. When it comes to eliminating pests, you can count on Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators. 

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