Brown recluses, also referred to as “fiddle backs” due to the dark shape found on top of the spider, live in seldom disturbed areas. This is one of the hardest spiders to control and requires an extensive treatment plan. The bite from this spider can result in an open sore and be quite dangerous.
These spiders prefer warm, dry, and hidden spots, so you aren’t likely to see them out in the open. They like small, live prey over larger prey, but they will eat larger insects that are dead. They are not aggressive but will bite if they feel threatened.
People who are allergic to the venom may have a more severe reaction, but it is common for the bite to cause serious damage in many people. The blister widens and can end up exposing muscle and even bone. Antivenom can help you deal with the symptoms of a brown recluse bite, especially if given early. Also, some people do not react as badly to these spiders as compared to other species of spiders.
Prevention is key to protecting yourself and your family from these creatures. It is best to close any openings on the outside of your home like utility pipes, doors seals, and window seals. You should also avoid leaving clothes and shoes on the ground or shake them out if you do. Seldom used items should be placed in well-sealed boxes or bags.
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