There are only two types of spiders in the United States that are considered a medical threat to humans; the brown recluse is one of them - more specifically, recluse spiders in general. There are several recluse spider species.

If you see a recluse spider on your property, how concerned should you be? Are brown recluse spiders deadly? We're going to look at a few key facts you should know and discuss what is the best way to address these spiders in your house, and what works to keep them out of your Raleigh home.

The Most Commonly Misidentified Spiders

Brown recluse spiders are well known for their strong venom, and there are few people who have not heard of these spiders. So, when you see a brown spider in your home, you might immediately think it's a recluse. This is one way these spiders are commonly misidentified. But there is another problem.

A brown recluse isn't the only spider that causes a wound with necrosis. Yellow sac spiders do this as well and they are widely considered to be the spiders that cause the most bites on humans. If you have a wound that you think may be a brown recluse bite, there's a good chance it's a yellow sac spider bite. Let's address the first issue.

Here are a few spiders that look like brown recluse spiders, and how you can tell them apart from recluses:

  • You might think a hobo spider is a recluse. You can tell them apart by their size. The body of a hobo spider is ¼ to ½ of an inch long with legs that are 1 to 2 inches. Brown recluse spiders are ¼ to ½ inch, and that includes the length of their legs.
  • You might think a wolf spider is a recluse. You can tell them apart by the fact that brown recluse spiders don't have visible hair all over them.
  • You might think a giant house spider is a recluse. You can tell them apart by the mottled coloration on a house spider. Brown recluses have even coloration.
  • Any spider that looks like a brown recluse spider can be ruled out as a recluse spider by checking it for the violin marking. If you get a good look at a spider and it does not have a dark violin pattern on its back, it isn't a recluse.

How Dangerous Are Brown Recluse Spiders?

Brown recluse spiders are scary spiders, but how scared should you be? It is important that you realize how unlikely it is that a brown recluse spider will bite you. They are reclusive, as their name implies. They're also not prone to bite. You should also know that brown recluse bites usually result in a small wound with no spread of necrosis.

When considering how to deal with these scary spiders, it is important to realize that they are not nearly as dangerous as their reputation would have you believe. Does that mean they're harmless? No. But you don't need to live in fear of these spiders. If you find brown recluse spiders in your house, you should take steps to get rid of them, but you don't need to be fearful as you wait to hear that your home is free of recluse spider activity.

The Safest Way To Remove Brown Recluse Spiders From Your Property

Some people go after dangerous spiders with things that are more dangerous than the spiders themselves, such as sprays made from household cleaning items. This is not a good (or a safe) way to get rid of spiders. The best way to safely remove brown recluses and all spiders from your home is to invest in professional spider control.

This is a process by which spiders are trapped and activity is monitored. Once the process is done, you can be reasonably sure that no brown recluse spiders remain in your home. We know of no better way to deal with common house spiders. If you'd like assistance with this, reach out to us here at Innovative Pest Solutions.

How To Prevent Future Spider Problems

Not only is contacting Innovative Pest Solutions the safest way to remove brown recluse spiders from your property, it is the best way to prevent future spider problems. All spiders can be a problem inside your home. We offer residential pest control that can give you ongoing protection from spiders and other common pests. If you have questions, we'd love the opportunity to answer them. Connect with us today and find out if you're in our service area.

The service team here at Innovative Pest Solutions is one of the best in the industry. You can trust our licensed technicians to provide you with the best pest control available, and you'll always get friendly service with a smile. Get in touch with us today. We're standing by to help.