As one of the most feared arachnids in the state of Oklahoma, brown recluse spiders frequently coexist with humans with little incident. However, when a bite does occur, the consequences can be great if the appropriate steps aren’t taken. To help keep families protected, Emtec Pest Control has spent over 40 years removing brown recluse spiders from homes and businesses across Green Country and Oklahoma City. That makes us the perfect partner to help remove these dangerous pests whenever they may be found.
What Do Brown Recluse Spiders Look Like?
In many cases, a brown recluse spider will have a range of colors from grey to tan with thin, tapering legs. While not always clearly visible on juveniles, a brown recluse will generally have a violin-shaped marking on the front portion of its back and a semicircular eye pattern with arrangements of six eyes. Knowing these signs is critical for identification; however, it is recommended to keep your distance when attempting to positively identify a spider.
Aptly named “recluse”, these spiders are incredibly shy and will only be aggressive when they feel threatened. Because they try to avoid human interaction as much as possible, they will often be found in secluded areas like storage locations, garages, closets, attics or other areas that don’t receive much attention. During the spring months, brown recluse spiders may become more visible in Oklahoma. Although their mating period is between April and early July.
What Attracts Brown Recluse Spiders?
As insect predators, brown recluse spiders are often drawn to locations that have large populations of other pests that can be used as food. Brown recluse spiders will often prey on crickets, cockroaches, silverfish and other small insects that may be found inside of a home. By practicing good sanitation, limiting outdoor lighting and treating for other pests, homeowners can greatly limit the chances of a large brown recluse spider population on their property.
The Dangers of Brown Recluse Spider Bites
Brown recluse spiders produce a harmful necrotic venom that can destroy cell membranes once injected with a bite. If left untreated, this venom will continue to spread and cause the breakdown of skin, fat and blood vessels while triggering the death of the surrounding tissue. Although this may be a possibility, the bite of a brown recluse will typically remain localized and result in little to no tissue damage. However, getting treatment can help protect the bitten individual from potentially severe issues that may occur if left alone.
Currently, there is no antivenom available for a brown recluse spider bite; however, doctors can help treat the affected area, assess potential risk and treat symptoms as they are occurring. Some potential warning signs that may signal the bite was severe is the development of ulcers, joint pain, nausea, localized pain at the bite, fever or seizures. Anyone who believes they have been bitten by a brown recluse spider and notices these symptoms should visit a doctor immediately.
How to Control Brown Recluse Spiders
Because brown recluse spider bites may be potentially serious, controlling them through the services of a pest control professional whenever possible is generally considered the best approach. In some cases, homeowners may be required to provide sanitation improvements for a treatment to be effective because it can help eliminate potential hiding locations that these spiders frequently utilize. Emtec Pest Control can help create an integrated pest control plan designed to remove existing brown recluse spiders from the property while also eliminating the other pests that are drawing them there.
At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too. If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form. Our service areas in Northeast Oklahoma include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Owasso, Jenks, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Skiatook, Stillwater, Tulsa and the surrounding areas. In Central Oklahoma, we service Edmond, Moore, Oklahoma City, Yukon and the surrounding areas. You can also connect with us on social media for more helpful pest control tips and information. We are on Facebook.