Brown Recluse in NC

North Carolina Spider Identification: Brown Recluse

The brown recluse spider is one of those notorious for its dangerous bite and knack for finding hiding places.

To keep your family safe, it’s crucial to be able to identify them and know what to do if you find them in your home.

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Brown Recluse Identification in North Carolina

Brown recluse spiders are often mistaken for other similar species, like the wolf spider and the hobo spider, but there are a few distinct characteristics that set them apart.

Brown recluse spiders are relatively small, with a body length of about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Their legs are usually longer, giving them a somewhat spindly appearance.

The most recognizable feature is a violin-shaped marking on the cephalothorax (the front part of the body). This marking is located right behind the eyes, with the base of the “violin” pointing towards the rear. Their uniform color is also a giveaway: they are usually a light to medium brown color, with no distinctive patterns or markings other than that violin-shaped marking.

Unlike most spiders, brown recluse spiders have six eyes arranged in pairs, with two eyes on the front and two pairs on each side.

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Where Brown Recluse Spiders Live

Brown recluse spiders are primarily found in the United States, particularly in the central and southern regions. They have been reported in states such as Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and other nearby areas—they can also be found in North Carolina, though they are not especially common. These reclusive spiders are often discovered in quiet, undisturbed areas of homes in these regions, including:

Dark and Unfrequented Corners

Dark and Unfrequented Corners

Brown recluse spiders prefer dark, cluttered spaces like basements, attics, and closets.

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Inside Shoes and Clothing

Shoes, boots, and clothing items that have been sitting undisturbed are also potential hiding spots.

Behind Furniture and Wall Decor

Behind Furniture and Wall Decor

Check behind picture frames, furniture, and curtains, as brown recluse spiders may reside there.

Cracks and Crevices

Cracks and Crevices

They can be found in wall voids, behind baseboards, and in gaps around windows and doors.

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Symptoms of a Brown Recluse Bite

A brown recluse spider bite can cause a range of symptoms, with severity varying from person to person. It's important to note that not all brown recluse bites result in severe symptoms, and some bites may not cause noticeable effects at all.

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The bite area may initially appear red and swollen, often resembling a small, raised bump.

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Brown recluse bites can be painful, and the pain may increase within the first few hours after the bite.

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The bite area can become itchy, and scratching should be avoided to prevent infection.

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Over the next 24-48 hours, a blister may form at the site of the bite, which can eventually rupture and lead to an open sore.

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In more severe cases, the bite area may develop a deep, open ulcer with dead tissue (necrotic skin) in the center. This is a characteristic feature of brown recluse spider bites.

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Fever and Chills

In some instances, a brown recluse bite may lead to fever and chills, indicating an infection.

What To Do if You Find a Brown Recluse in Your Home

If you've identified brown recluse spiders in your home, it's essential to take action to remove them safely:

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Wear Protective Clothing

When dealing with brown recluse spiders, wear gloves and long-sleeved clothing to reduce the risk of a bite.

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Use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment to remove spiders and their webs. Empty the vacuum bag outside immediately.

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Seal Entry Point

Inspect your home for cracks and gaps, especially around doors and windows. Seal any openings to prevent further entry.

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Reduce Clutter

Declutter your home, especially in storage areas, to minimize potential hiding spots for these spiders.

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Professional Pest Control

If the infestation is severe or if you are uncertain about dealing with brown recluse spiders, consider hiring a professional pest control service to address the issue safely.

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