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There are only two spiders in the United States venomous to people: black widows and brown recluse spiders. While black widows are easier to identify with their black bodies and reddish hour-glass marking, brown recluse spiders are not as easily identified. Features of this species include:

  • ½ an inch in size
  • Light brown color
  • A dark violin shape on the cephalothorax
  • Six pairs of eyes with one pair in the front and two pairs on either side
  • Consistent light-colored legs that have hairs, not spines
  • Uniform colored abdomen from cream to dark brown
  • A small web built in a secluded infrequently trafficked location

Although brown recluse spiders have some distinguishable features listed above, they are often misidentified for other species because they are not reliable features that can be seen with the naked eye. If you see the following, you know the spider you are dealing with is NOT a brown recluse:

  • Banded colored legs with spines
  • Larger than ½ an inch
  • Two colors on the abdomen
  • Eight eyes
  • A web that is out in the open

As a Plano, Texas resident, you should be aware of the danger of this species, how to remove them from your property, and how to prevent them from coming back.

a brown recluse spider crawling on a porch

Dangers of Brown Recluse Spiders In Plano

Because they are one of the two venomous spiders in the country, you don't need us to tell you they are dangerous. However, this species is not an aggressive one and will not attack unless threatened. But if a brown recluse bites you, here are potential side effects:

  • Pain and redness at the bite site
  • Fever and chills
  • Nausea
  • Joint pain and feeling weak
  • A blister or sore at the bite site with a dark center
  • Secondary infection due

Although brown recluse bites are rarely fatal, this is because medical treatment is relatively available. If a brown recluse has bitten you, you should seek medical attention. And even if you are unsure if you were bitten by a brown recluse or not, it is best to seek medical attention to be safe rather than sorry.

Spider Control In Plano 

If you have brown recluse spiders or a high population of another species in your yard, you likely have another pest problem. This is because spiders prey on a wide variety of insects. As you can see, taking care of a spider infestation is not so simple, which is why the most effective way to control them is with professional assistance. An abundance of any spider species on your Plano property is not welcome. The most effective way to handle them and the pests they are feeding on is by calling All-Safe Pest & Termite. For a guaranteed pest-free home, call us today.

Spider Prevention In Plan

An important part of keeping spiders off your property is preventing other pests as they are prey for dangerous pests like the brown recluse. Here are both spider and general pest control tips from the experts at All-Safe Pest & Termite:

 

Reduce Harborage Areas:

  • Outside- keep gardens maintained, shrubbery tripped, and remove leaf piles and other yard debris
  • Inside- use storage bins with locking lids, keep your home clutter-free, and vacuum under furniture and appliance regularly

Seal Entry Points:

  • Cracks in the foundation and exterior walls
  • Torn screens, weather stripping, and door sweeps
  • Keep doors to the house and outbuildings closed when possible

Call All-Safe Pest & Termite today. We will provide effective spider control services and a free estimate. Don't forget, the best way to prevent spiders is with help from the professionals at All-Safe Pest & Termite.

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