Residents of Reno and the greater Northern Nevada area shouldn’t have to deal with brown recluse spiders. While most spider species are completely harmless, this is a pest whose presence can terrify Reno property owners – and rightfully so. Read more to find out how to identify these pests, why their bites are so harmful, and what it means when brown recluse spiders keep showing up around your Reno property.
Brown Recluse Identification Tips
Brown recluse spiders share similarities with some other spiders, which is why they are commonly misidentified. These pests have eight legs, multiple sets of eyes, and feed on other insects as their prey. The “brown” in brown recluse is slightly misleading, as the spider can vary from tan to nearly black.
Brown recluses are large spiders. These pests can grow to around an inch in length, and they have a distinct violin-shaped marking on their back that makes them easier to identify.
These pests live year-round in Reno but are most active in June, July, and August. While brown recluse spiders tend to stay out of the way and live only near their nests. You should keep your distance if you see one in your Reno home.
Why Brown Recluse Spiders Are Dangerous
All spiders have fangs and venom, but a brown recluse’s bite is particularly dangerous for humans. If you think you’ve been bitten by a brown recluse, seek immediate medical attention. A brown recluse’s venom is dangerous because it kills the cells it comes into contact with. Also known as apoptosis, this cell death will spread depending on the amount of venom that is injected into the bloodstream. Brown recluse venom is rarely fatal, but if this venom travels to any internal organs, the spider’s bite may be life-threatening, which is why medical attention is so important in the event of a brown recluse bite.
Additionally, brown recluse bites hurt. The bite will linger for at least a week, staying tender and painful. You can identify spider bites by whether or not you see bite marks. Since spiders have fangs, you may see two holes in the center of the bite. So, if you have a spider bite, you don’t know what bit you and the bite hurts a lot, it’s time to see a doctor.
Brown Recluse Prevention Tips
To keep brown recluse spiders away from your Reno property, consider the following prevention tips:
Seal your house. If spiders are getting in through cracks in your doorframes, windows, and masonry, then sealing and caulking may help keep them out.
Trim shrubs, bushes, and foliage. Spiders will live in shrubs and bushes if they are overgrown, then they may eventually move inside.
Clear webs around your property. If a spider’s web is destroyed, it will likely rebuild another one further away.
Check for other insect infestations. Spiders move indoors if their food is indoors, so you might have another infestation if you keep finding brown recluse spiders in the house.
You should never deal with a brown recluse spider infestation on your own. If a brown recluse got into your Reno property, contact pest professionals who know what they’re doing. The experts at Pestmaster® Services are ready to secure your home; reach out today, and keep your family safe from these dangerous arachnids.