What has eight legs, has a violin marking on its back and has a bite that causes gashes and sores?

The Brown Recluse is an elusive little guy that tends to be very active in the night. They are typically ⅝” long and range from light to dark brown in color. They are often found outdoors but will come indoors to places like storage areas or dark places.

Brown Recluses are unique in that they have a fiddle shaped marking on their backs, making them instantly recognizable.

These creatures aren’t aggressive in nature, but if they feel trapped or threatened, they will bite. Not only is the bite uncomfortable, but it can pose serious issues. The venom from the brown recluse’s bite can cause skin in that area to die off, leaving a nasty ulcer.

Unfortunately, brown recluse spiders tend to like the Central Midwest region, so they are more common here.


Common places they hide outside:

  • Around rocks
  • Near utility boxes
  • In woodpiles
  • Under bark

Common places they hide inside:

  • Closets
  • Attics
  • Crawlspaces
  • Basements
  • Boxes
  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Under furniture

How to prevent them from getting in your belongings:

  • Store clothing and shoes in plastic containers
  • Avoid keeping clothing on the floor
  • Shake out clothes that have been in a hamper before washing or wearing them


Remember, Brown Recluses need the care of a pest professional to be treated effectively. At Bug Zero, we have specialized treatments that can solve this issue quickly and easily.

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