Spiders are everywhere. They live in our yards. They live on the sides of our homes. They even live indoors from time to time. If you are here today, chances are you have been seeing more spiders than usual around your Orlando home and are wondering if any of them might be dangerous. The scary truth is that there are harmful spiders in our area. One common spider threat you should be aware of is the brown recluse. To help you identify and control these pests around your Orlando home and property, this is what you should know.
What Are Brown Recluse Spiders?
The brown recluse spider is a medium-sized arachnid that hunts for its prey on the ground. This means you won’t have any high webs to identify them by. It also means that they love hiding around cluttered areas. Outdoors, brown recluses hunt and find shelter around leaf piles, sticks, toys, and other secluded areas. Indoors, these pests hide around basement spaces, storage areas, and in other tight spots that allow them to stay out of sight.
One thing that makes brown recluses especially problematic is how hard they are to identify. Not only are they brown, a common color among spiders, but they also have one of the most common body shapes. The only two things that make a brown recluse unique are the dark, backward violin-shaped mark located just behind its head, and the fact that they only have six eyes where most spiders have eight.
The Threat Brown Recluse Spiders Pose
The brown recluse spider is dangerous because of its venom. When injected through a bite, this pest’s venom can cause a necrotic reaction. This can lead to a deep sore in the affected area where the tissue beneath the surface of the bite rots away. Accompanied with this reaction may be a moderate to severe amount of pain and other symptoms including fever, chills, nausea, joint pain, weakness, itching, rash, cramping, and in rare cases seizures or coma. To understand your risk further, consult your doctor.
Some Strategies To Prevent Brown Recluse
If you don’t want to find brown recluses inside your home, you need to put in place some protective measures. Here are some great places to start to prevent brown recluses and the pests they hunt.
- Turn off exterior lights at night.
- Make sure your home’s piping isn’t leaking.
- Use a dehumidifier indoors.
- Eliminate sources of standing water around your home and property.
- Make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.
- Thoroughly clean your living areas and organize places you store items.
- Be cautious when moving boxes into your home as they might contain hiding brown recluses.
- Use a caulking gun to seal off entry points in your home’s exterior foundation.
- Make sure all of your home’s window/door screens are in good working condition.
- Invest in quality door sweeps for all of your exterior doors.
- Inspect windows and doors around your home to make sure they are protected with weatherstripping.
The Only Way To Guarantee Brown Recluse Stay Out Of Your Home
There are many benefits that come with investing in a general pest control plan. One of the best is that you don’t have to worry about dangerous pests like brown recluses invading your living areas. To protect your Orlando home and property against invasive creatures, let our team at Green Flag Services lend you a helping hand. We will perform a thorough inspection for pest pressures and help you decide which plan is best for your needs.
Call us now to learn more about your options or to schedule an appointment for your Orlando, FL home and property.