Of all the poisonous spiders in the United States, the Brown Recluse is the most common, especially in the south. The recluse is one of only three venomous groups of spiders (the black widow and the brown widow are the other two).  

As the name suggests, recluse spiders are very “reclusive,” and prefer to stay away from human contact, finding dark undisturbed places to nest. Those that infest indoors, prefer to stay in rooms or areas that are very rarely used. They thrive well inside homes, but can also be found underneath wood piles or within the rockwork landscaping.  

The brown recluse usually live in dense groups of spiders, so if one is seen, most likely there are more. Although rare to see a brown recluse in the state of Michigan or in Boston, they can be transported in on produce or home furnishings from the more southern states where they originate.

How To Identify A Brown Recluse Spider

Commonly referred to as the “fiddle back, ” the easiest marking to identify is the violin looking mark on the spiders cephalothorax. The base of the fiddle starts at the spiders eyes and the narrow neck of the fiddle ends where the abdomen is attached. The abdomen has a uniform tan to dark brown color.  

The web of a brown recluse spider is very fine and in an irregular pattern. Although indoor infestations can include groups of many brown recluses, people are seldom bit. When a bite occurs, it usually happens when an unused guest room is used by a visitor.

How to Keep Brown Recluse Spiders Out Of Your Home

You can significantly reduce your chances of a recluse infestation by removing the places they like to set up home in (dark, undisturbed rooms and floors):

  • Make sure to clean floors well.
  • Mop or vacuum underneath and behind furniture, especially in unused rooms throughout the house.
  • Keep unused clothing in sealed plastic bags, and inspect all clothing that hasn’t been worn for a while.

What proof. Professionals Do To Get Rid Of Recluse Spiders

We treat recluse spiders under our Residential Insects & Spider Control service plan. In addition to poisonous spiders, this plan also includes protection against 30+ other bugs, plus rodents like mice. We’ll come treat your home each season so you’ll be protected all year.

If you see any pests during the year just let us know and we’ll come out for free between scheduled services – that’s why we call this plan our Pest Free Guarantee. Call today and we’ll explain how it works and give you a free quote!


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