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How To Identify A Brown Recluse Spider In Your Home

Nicole’s Weekly Pest Control Tip

Watch the video below to see what a Brown recluse spider looks like in Nicole’s weekly pest control tip.

Are Brown Recluse Spiders Dangerous?

Brown recluse spiders are steeped deep within myth and fear. In the past, you most likely identified the wrong spider. It was not a brown recluse at all. Everyone seems to believe this type of spider is huge with long legs spreading 3-4 inches in length. Well, this type of spider is much smaller. And, the spiders you claim are recluses are most likely in the Huntsman family. Wolf spider, Hobo spider and the tarantula are large spiders with lengthy legs.


As you can see in the video above, Brown recluse spiders are light brown in color. Sometimes called “fiddle-backs,” these types of spiders are one in several species, including the wolf spider, all having this same violin-shaped marking. The best indicator next to its color and size is the brown recluse has six eyes (or three pairs) while other spider species have eight eyes.


Brown recluses are, in fact, reclusive creatures that are very shy and not easily found. If you live on the east coast the chances of you finding a brown recluse are next to slim because this spider is rarely found outside of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Mississippi.

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