The Brown Recluse Spider & Northern California: Fact vs. Fiction
Could there be a family of venomous Brown Recluse Spiders living under your bed…right now? The experts at SOS Pest Control set the story straight for you once and for all.
“Fears and myths of the Brown Recluse are mostly driven from media hype, and not facts,” says Dr. Findlay Russell, MD, Toxicologist, and world’s foremost authority on animal venom. Misdiagnoses of ‘spider bites’ by the medical field further adds to the already anxiety-filled public about spiders in general. Since 98% of all patients with ‘spider bite reactions’ go to the hospital without the offending spider.
Facts About The Brown Recluse SpiderScroll to the bottom of the page for details on the Brown Recluse Spider.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture, which is responsible for identifying all exotic pests found in California, indicates that there are NO populations of Brown Recluse Spiders living anywhere in either Northern or Southern California. That is not to say that there haven’t been any single sightings of this Loxosceles Reclusa species, but there have been less than 10 ‘actual Brown Recluse’ correctly identified in California in the last 40 years.
Although Brown Recluse do have a venomous bite that causes skin necrosis, there are many other causes for this type of wounds; Ticks, Bed Bugs, Mites, Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Staph, Strep, Skin Cancer…and these can go untreated when a diagnosis jumps quickly to spider bites.
Brown Recluse do live in the central Midwest, from Nebraska to Texas and Ohio to Georgia and only occasionally make their way to California by way of an unknowing traveler. Typically, when you find a Brown Recluse living and thriving in your home, you don’t see just one…you see dozens and dozens.
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What To Do
Overall, most spiders are beneficial to the environment as they eat disease-carrying insects such as flies and mosquitoes. Understandably, we have a low tolerance to spiders inside of our homes. But before you go dousing a single spider with large amounts of over-the-counter sprays (which could do more harm than good!), give SOS Pest Control a call and have a licensed technician identify your spider problem and then properly treat both the outside and the inside of your home.
Call SOS Pest Control today for a free, no-obligation estimate: (408) 866-6609
Facts About The Brown Recluse Spider
• Body 3/8″ in length
• Long thin legs
• Oval shaped abdomen Light to dark brown Violin-shaped mark on back
The Brown Recluse, Loxosceles reclusa, Sicariidae (formerly placed in a family “Loxoscelidae”) is a spider with a necrotic venom and is one of two spiders (the other being the black widow) with medically significant venom in North America.
Brown recluse spiders are usually between 6 and 20 millimetres (0.24 and 0.79 in), but may grow larger. While typically light to medium brown, they range in color from whitish to dark brown or blackish gray. The cephalothorax and abdomen are not necessarily the same color. These spiders usually have markings on the dorsal side of their cephalothorax, with a black line coming from it that looks like a violin with the neck of the violin pointing to the rear of the spider, resulting in the nicknames fiddleback spider, brown fiddler, or violin spider.