Managing the Brown Recluse Spider

What’s the best thing to prevent getting bitten by a brown recluse spider (BRS)? It’s simple! Get rid of your clutter and keep your house free from any crawling insects or pests like spiders. This will prevent you from getting bitten and calling for immediate spider bite treatment.

If you think that there are brown recluse spider nests in your house, then be very careful when removing them. It will actually take you many months until you totally get rid your house of brown recluse spider infestations. The brown recluse spider can easily spread widely in the building so a good plan is just what you need to eradicate brown recluse spiders in your home.

Clean up all clutter to prevent spiders from building nests
Clean up all clutter to prevent spiders from building nests

A complete plan to exterminate brown recluse spiders in your household will be exclusion, sanitation, traps and chemical treatment.

Preventing brown recluse spider bites

Here are some practical tips to prevent BRS bites on any one in your family;

  • Don’t leave your clothes on the floor.
  • Organize and remove clutter where BRS can possibly build their nests.
  • Before dressing up, shake out your clothes or shoes.
  • Always scrutinize the beddings and towels before using them.
  • When getting firewood, lumber and rocks from a pile, wear gloves but inspect the gloves before using them
  • Provide a space or distance between your bed and the wall.
  • Make sure you don’t have storage boxes under your bed.
  • Regularly change bed linens and shake off bed skirts.
  • Handle with caution when opening cardboard boxes as the brown recluse spider can be under the folded flaps.

Exclusion

Keep out BRS from entering your house by doing these safe and practical steps:

  • Install a yellow or sodium vapor light outdoors. The bulb will minimize attracting insects that the recluse spiders feed on.
  • Tight-fitting screen windows and doors, and door sweeps should be installed.
  • Make sure to seal all cracks and crevices where spiders can enter.
  • Place loose items in plastics when storing then in the garage, attic and basement.
  • To prevent spiders to enter cardboard boxes, tape the cardboard and secure the edges.

Sanitation

Clean up your house with all the rubbish and remove the clutter.

  • Refrain from stacking or piling woods against the house
  • Get rid of trash, old boxes, old clothing, piles of wood, rocks and other items that should be discarded
  • Remove the mess in your closets, basement, attic, garage and backyard
  • Make sure there are no dead insects that the brown recluse spider can feed upon

Non-chemical control

Using non-chemical means to get rid of the brown recluse spider is easy.

  • Sticky traps or glue boards can catch spiders
  • To remove spiders, webs and eggs, dust and vacuum the area and dispose of the vacuum bag immediately. Some spiders could still be alive
  • To kill individual spiders, use a rolled up  newspaper or fly swatter

Insecticides

If the above methods fail, the last recourse would be the use of chemical treatment.  Chemical treatment is necessary. But using insecticide to get rid of brown recluse spiders will require professionals trained to eliminate BRS. Handling of chemicals or insecticides can be poisonous to non-professionals.