Brown Recluse Spiders: An Identification And Control Guide For Chapin Homeowners


Chapin, South Carolina, has a temperate climate that is perfect for the abundant reactional water attractions in the area. With 500 miles of shoreline that make up Lake Murray, residents can enjoy a host of water activities. While a brown recluse spider might not be a fan of the water activities around Chapin, it is a fan of the many cozy homes in the area. Without pest control in Chapin, homeowners may accidentally have a run-in with a brown spider famous for its potent venom.

The Brown Recluse Spider Is The Most Misidentified Spider

With around 3,000 different types of spiders roaming North America, it can sometimes be challenging to figure out which ones are settling within homes. Most spiders are harmless, but the brown recluse spider has a bite that can pierce the skin and release venom that can potentially make people ill. Brown recluse spiders are supposed to be easy to recognize because of the famous "fiddle" marking on their cephalothorax. The problem with this is that other brown spiders in South Carolina have marks that people can confuse with brown recluse spiders. These similarities often cause the brown recluse spider to be the most misidentified. Scientists say close inspection shows that a brown recluse has six eyes (most others have eight), their legs are a constant color (light color/tan), they don't have bands or stripes, and their webs are rarely out in the open. While these tips are good, unless homeowners want to get up close and personal with these arachnids, it's always best to have a pest professional like The Original Bugman Pest Elimination come in for accurate spider identification.

The Symptoms Of A Brown Recluse Spider's Bite

Most people never feel the bite of a recluse, but they may experience a sting that brings extreme pain immediately or up to 8 hours later. In addition to a painful bite, some people (especially children and older adults) can experience very uncomfortable symptoms.

Four symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite include:

  1. Fever
  2. Difficulty sleeping
  3. Restlessness
  4. Nausea

In extreme cases, a small blister can form around a bite and become an open ulcer that can reach muscles or bones. The good news is that brown recluse spiders prefer to run from people; when they feel threatened or in danger, they strike out, so it's essential to try to keep spiders out of your Chapin home.

How Brown Recluse Spiders Find Their Way Into Our Homes

Homes are eye-catching to brown recluse spiders because they provide great places to hide and an abundant supply of prey. Since spiders are small, tiny cracks and crevices around doors and windows, foundations, vents, eaves, and soffits provide easy home access. Sometimes they even hitch a ride into homes on items like furniture, packages, and storage boxes. Once they get inside, they love to stay in dry and warm areas.

Some places brown recluse spiders might construct their web include:

  • In closets
  • Under furniture
  • In storage areas
  • Near water heaters/furnaces
  • In basements
  • Behind tubs or toilets
  • Under stairs

Trying to stop Chapin spiders from getting into homes is challenging. The Original Bugman Pest Elimination technicians are experts at identifying weak spots in a home's defenses and can make recommendations to prevent spiders in Chapin homes.

Contact The Pros For The Safe Removal Of Brown Recluse Spiders

All brown spiders are not on the same level playing field; the brown recluse needs special attention. To safely remove brown recluse spiders from your Chapin home, homeowners should use the pest professionals at The Original Bugman Pest Elimination. Our full-service, family-owned and operated company has provided the Midlands of South Carolina with quality pest control solutions for over 30 years. Our company is so confident that we can successfully remove your pest problems the first time that we back up our services with a pest-free guarantee. Call in The Original Bugman Pest Elimination today for a free inspection, and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Chapin. Let us take that pest burden off your shoulders.

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