Brown recluse spiders have bodies generally 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch long. Their body is relatively flat, and the head has a violin like mark. They thrive in woods, brushy areas, particularly in leaf litter and low vegetation, indoors in closets, under rugs, and blankets.
How to avoid Brown Recluse spider bites:
- Caulk around doors and windows.
- Recycle cardboard boxes, which attract the spiders.
- Wear gloves when working in basements, attics, and garages.
- Carefully shake out blankets, bedding, and towels that are seldom used.
- Avoid storing lumber in basements, garages, and outbuildings.
- Handle fireplace cordwood with gloves. Tamp and roll logs before bringing them indoors.
- With gloves on, shake out clothing and boots stored in basements, attics, garages or outbuildings.
- Examine used and antique furniture carefully before bringing it into the home.
- Wear protective clothing when entering a crawl space.
If you've been bitten seek emergency medical attention immediately! Any delay may increase the risk of tissue damage. If possible, safely try to capture the spider for later identification and verification.