Is it a Brown Recluse? What Do I do?

Everyone is terrified of Brown Recluse Spiders and with good reason (we won’t post a picture here of an actual bite – google if you have a strong stomach). While the media and word of mouth horror stories are definitely scary, not all spiders are Brown Recluse. We would like to give you some peace of mind by helping you identify this particular dangerous spider.

What to look for when identifying a Brown Recluse:

• It is about 3/8” in body length

• It has a dark violin shape on the cephalothorax

• No spines on the legs, only fine hairs

• Uniformly light-colored legs, no stripes or bands

• Uniformly colored abdomen which varies from cream to brown in color

• Six eyes arranged in pairs, with one pair in front and a pair on either side

• Brown Recluses make small retreat webs behind objects –

never out in the open


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