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How To Identify And Get Rid Of Brown Recluse Spiders Around Your Memphis Home


It is that time of the year when people spend money to be scared in a haunted house. If you have been in a haunted house, you know one of the features is spider webs; it seems like a cobweb is in every corner or strewn across a doorway. 

Something is terrifying about walking into a spider web! When you walk into a cobweb, you immediately begin to think there is a spider that will quickly descend and bite your neck and cause you to go into convulsions. Of course, that scenario doesn't happen, but that is the image that runs through our minds. 

If you keep walking into spider webs in the garage, you need the best pest control in Memphis, Mid-South Pest & Termite, LLC. For over a half-century, we have been eliminating spiders in houses and giving homeowners peace of mind. 

Brown Recluse Spiders Are Commonly Misidentified

If we were to ask, "what color is a spider?" most people would answer, "brown." Many common house spiders are brown, and since the color of brown recluse spiders is in their name, most assume any brown or dark-colored spider is a brown recluse spider. Although the violin-marking on the back of brown recluses is a distinguishing feature, the reality is that these spiders are tiny (1/4 to 3/8 inch), and sometimes people don't notice the mark, or they confuse markings on other brown spiders as the violin-mark. 

The best way not to confuse spiders that look like brown recluses is to look at the eye pattern. Most spiders have eight eyes segmented into two rows of four, but brown recluse spiders have six eyes arranged in pairs in a semi-circle pattern. It is a brown recluse if you find a six-eyed brownish-colored spider with a dark violin shape on its back (dorsum) without bands or strips on the legs.

The Symptoms Of A Brown Recluse Spider's Bite

Brown recluses are venomous spiders in Tennessee, and their bite produces these symptoms: 

  • Blister at the bite site
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Restlessness
  • Fever
  • Skin ulcer

When some spiders bite, the feeling of discomfort is immediately, but when a brown recluse bites, it may take up to eight hours before you realize it. If you begin to feel pain, see a small blister appear, and experience other symptoms, seek medical attention immediately to prevent more damage. 

Contact The Pros For The Safe Removal Of Brown Recluse Spiders 

Venomous spiders, like the brown recluse, require professional removal. At Mid-South Pest & Termite, LLC, we offer a separate brown recluse spider control service because safety protocols are necessary. When you request a free inspection, our technicians will examine your Memphis home and identify hot spots, nesting areas, and the spider species infesting your home. If the problem is brown recluse spiders, we will implement our specialized service to eliminate these venomous spiders from your Memphis home. 

Five Easy And Effective Spider Prevention Tips For Around Your Home 

The best way to avoid an infestation of brown recluse spiders is to implement these five tips to prevent spiders in the home: 

  1. Remove wood and leaf piles, stones, and other clutter around the property.
  2. Move firewood 20 feet away from the house and elevate.
  3. Keep clothing and shoes off the floor and store them in closed dressers.
  4. Replace cardboard storage boxes with sealable plastic containers.
  5. Seal cracks around the foundation, under the roofline, and around windows and doors. 

The best way to get rid of spiders is to execute these five tips and obtain our pest control team from Mid-South Pest & Termite, LLC. Contact us today and schedule your free inspection.