Brown recluse spider popular during summer heat

Brown recluse spiders are identified by fiddle or violin on their back.
Brown recluse spiders are identified by fiddle or violin on their back.
Updated: Jul. 11, 2018 at 5:21 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Heartland is no stranger to finding spiders in and around their house. However, a brown recluse gets extra attention as their bite can be harmful.

We talked with Bug Zero Owner Chris Horrell who said they have been getting a lot more calls to homes for the creepy crawler. He said it's not uncommon they make an appearance more during the hot weather.

"When it gets really hot out, in attics it becomes more uncomfortable," Horrell said. "Brown recluses will migrate from the attic and down into the living space or crawl space if it gets really hot. They like to start in places you don't spend time at and when it gets uncomfortable, they migrate their way down."

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He recommends if you bring anything inside from a shed, outside or even down from the attic, to thoroughly check it for any spiders or bugs so they don't run rampant throughout your home.

"Before you bring things into your living space, like cardboard boxes, maybe remove them out in the garage before you bring them in," Horrell said. "It's better if you can store things in plastic tubs with lids. They're not as likely to harbor in those as they would be in a box."

Horrell said if you find one to try to properly identify it after you kill it so you can notify a bug expert what it is they will be spraying for.

"To identify them, one of the key ways is on the back they have a fiddle or a violin shape on the back of them," Horrell explained. "We recommend to get it under control for brown recluses to get an attic treatment."

Horrell said some bug sprays won't work as well as others because of the coverage area.

"The big thing is getting the product in the right application areas like in attics and stuff," Horrell said. "Liquid products are sometimes are harder to get applications in those areas. A dust product usually floats back and gets those nooks and crannies a little bit better."

If you have brown recluse spiders and other spiders or bugs that you are concerned about, it's best to call your local professional pest to see what options are available.

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