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The brown recluse spider is one of the most well-known spiders in North America
and has a poisonous bite. It's part of
the Loxosceles genus, which only live in southern US states such as Tennessee, Texas, or Arizona. The violin markings on their
cephalothorax (fused head/torso) are a key factor in identifying if a spider is a brown recluse or just another brown spider.
Fear of the spider's bite aide in the frequent misidentifying of the spider. It also doesn't help that their violin marketing varies based on the
age of teh spider. The more mature spiders typically have darker violins shapes according to Ohio State University
The color variation between light and dark creates an inconsistent shape which makes it difficult for people
without knowledge to identify them correctly. It's best not rely solely on this indicator because if there
are other identifying traits like their eyes then they may still get confused due to how similar these two
features look from afar
The recluse's eyes are one of its most distinctive physical characteristics along side the violin.
"They have six eyes instead of eight like the majority spiders," said entomologist Christy Bills who is
invertebrate collections manager at Natural History Museum Utah. Other types of
spiders have 8 that are
arranged in four rows but recluses only has 6 equal-sized eyes set up in 3 pairs called dyads.
They're named recluse because of their shy and timid behavior. People who come into contact with the spider
usually do so by stepping them or throwing an item of clothing that has long sat unused,
and untouched for a while. When someone does come into contact with the spider, they will lash out as a last-ditch effort to
save themselves and in turn, unleash nasty venom into an often unsuspecting victim.
There are a couple of things that home owners can do to prevent a nasty bite from these spiders.
The number one thing is to keep your basement or garage clean of clutter. The brown recluse loves to hang
around in warm dark places that has easy access to water — like a dripping faucet or pipe.
If you have not been in a basement for a long time, we suggest wearing gloves before handling anything.
Most bites occur during the spring months when Nashville residents are moving their winter clothes back into
storage and pulling our their summer clothes, furniture, and toys.
Thrive's quarterly pest control treatments will ensure that you never have to worry about brown recluse spiders again.
This is because the best way to treat a bite is to make sure it never happened in the first place. When you give us a call,
we will come and inspect your home for areas that they like to hang out in. We'll suggest some changes that you can make to reduce
the risk of these spiders making a claim to your home, and then we will put down two types of treatments: 1) a parameter to keep
new pests, not just spiders out of your home. 2) a treatment to git rid of any pest that are currently laying siege on your home.