What To Do If You Find A Brown Recluse Spider In Your Home

The presence of unwanted creatures can actually constitute a nuisance in our lives. Although some insects actually help with pest control by consuming the smaller ones in our environment, there are other types we just don’t want to harbour.

Brown recluse spiders are unwanted insects that can be found in boxes, dark areas and crevices within the home. These insects can cause us a lot of harm if they are not eliminated. As such, it is important to know exactly what to do if you find a brown recluse spider in your home.

Identifying Brown Recluse Spiders

Before diving into the elimination and control of these pests, it is important to know what they look like. Many times, what people refer to as brown recluses are not actually brown recluses but other species of spiders.

Also, knowing the locations where these spiders are more likely to be found is crucial. Brown recluse spiders are often found in the northern and southwestern regions of Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska to Ohio, Texas to Georgia and Alabama. If you do not reside in these regions, the tendency of finding a recluse spider in your home is extremely low.

During fall when the weather is cold, they tend to take cover in homes so the likelihood of finding them in these periods is higher.

Here are a few features to look out for when trying to identify a brown recluse spider:

● Well, the most obvious, they are brown or dark in colour.
● The body part attached to its legs is violin-shaped.
● The violin-shaped body part is positioned in a backward direction towards the abdomen.
● The main distinguishing factor is its eyes. A brown recluse spider will have six eyes, unlike regular spiders with eight eyes. The six eyes are in pairs and there is a space between each pair.
● They never create webs in the open. Only in dark places, most likely behind an object in your home.
● They are 0.25 to 0.5 inches long.

So before panicking and searching for options to get rid of these tiny creatures, be sure it ticks everything on the list so you will be handling the infestation in the right manner.

What Attracts Brown Recluse Spiders Into Homes?

Well, food is a major factor. If your environment breeds smaller insects and bugs, they will be attracted as they consume little bugs as food. They easily make their way into homes via small holes in the surrounding or clustered areas and crevices. These creatures are lovers of the dark, your major chance of finding them is when they (male brown recluse spiders) come out in search of a mate (female brown recluse spiders). Also, they come out in the open when they are in search of food or when the young ones are leaving the nests they grew up in to go live on their own.

How Dangerous Can They Be?

Not as dangerous as they are portrayed. No doubt, these recluses can pose some serious health consequences but often in rare cases where the victim had an underlying condition. So, take a breath! They are not dead harmful.

However, in the case of a bite, the spot will form some blisters with the areas around it swollen. In some instances, the skin could peel off leaving a long-lasting scar. Some bites leave the victims with a fever or difficulty sleeping. In extreme cases, death. The effect of the bite is dependent upon the individual immune system and underlying health condition.

Now, you must be wondering how to handle the situation if indeed you get a recluse bite. The first aid for a brown recluse bite is simple rice therapy and the application of a cold compress. Beyond that, you should see a doctor. Although there is no cure for a recluse bite in America, you will be given pain killers to manage the situation.

How To Keep Your Home Safe From Brown Recluse Spiders

The best way to handle infestation is to avoid it in the first place. This can be done by taking steps to ensure your home is not in a welcoming state to these pests. The following tips should help keep them away:

● Ensure they are no holes, dark corners or crevices that could support their lifestyle. Cover up all cracks in the nooks and crannies of your home. Keep clothes folded and rearrange potential hiding places.
● Extend the gesture to the surroundings of your home. Look out for tiny holes and close them so they do not breed these pests. Aside from tiny holes, avoid having bushes growing around you or a cluster of gadgets, wood and so on in the environment. This signals a green light to recluses.
● Routinely check the inside and outside part of your homes to be sure they are no hiding places for these creatures.
● Do not create an environment where living becomes comfortable for them.

Steps To Take When You Find A Recluse Spider In Your Home

After taking measures to keep these spiders away and you still find them, the next thing to do is to get rid of them. In order to properly eliminate them from your home, you have to know if it is just a few recluse spiders or you are facing an infestation.

Here are a few signs of brown recluse home infestation:

● Once you have correctly identified one brown recluse spider in your home, chances are, they are a lot more in hiding.
● Look around and inside your home for webs in closed corners, behind objects or dark places. Remember that recluse spiders will only create webs in dark places.

How To Confirm You Are Facing An Infestation In Your Home

A lot of people have a hard time properly identifying brown recluse spiders. Even with a clear description, there are chances you are not facing a recluse spider infestation but a regular spider infestation.

For confirmation, get the help of a licensed pest control professional to look around your home. If it is confirmed that you are facing an Infestation, the pest control professional is the best person to provide you with tips to eliminate the spiders.

How To Get Rid Of Brown Recluse Spiders

The best way to get rid of brown recluse spiders is to hire a professional to handle the situation on your behalf. However, there are a few tips you can try out on your own.

You could manually vacuum them or make use of repellents. Also, setting sticky traps in suspected corners could be helpful. Remember, brown recluse spiders are naturally calm but become aggressive when they feel attacked. This is the reason why you should hire a professional instead of handling the infestation yourself.


Brown recluse spiders are actually harmful but there is nothing to panic about if you find one in your home. Quickly get the help of a professional to effectively handle the situation.

Above all, always keep your home in the right condition. Recluses tend to stay in homes with lots of food and hiding places. Taking out time to keep your stuff in the right places will save you from a potential infestation.

I’m Lilian Lopez, the Editor + Hostess in Chief of AllHomeDIY. I love sharing home decor tips, DIY projects & ideas to make your life & home beautiful. I am slightly obsessed with the following: decorations, traditional molding, vintage rugs, flipping through design magazines & of course my family. AllHomeDIY was founded in the Summer of 1194. Created to inspire readers on hunting for their own style & how to accomplish it on any budget. Having years of experience as an International Hotel, Home, and Office Designer, I know the importance of creating a luxurious space & making every dollar count. Whether incorporating a high-end statement piece or the addition of a vintage find, I believe that it is not what you spend that gives your home style it is how you layer your space together. AllHomeDIY strives to continue to provide original content to my followers through room makeovers, office ideas, client projects, Product recommendations, DIY decor ideas & exciting brand collaborations. If you are looking to collaborate, or simply have a question… please contact me at allhomediy@gmail.com.
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