Brown Recluse on the Loose

9 years 2 days 19 hours ago Tuesday, November 09 2010 Nov 9, 2010 Tuesday, November 09, 2010 5:32:38 PM CST November 09, 2010 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - Cold weather brings the holidays and along with that, some unwanted house guests. But these eight- legged guests are a little bit scarier than than your crazy aunt and a little bit creepier than your weird uncle. They are brown recluse spiders, and they are making their way into Missouri homes this fall. 

The cold weather brings these poisonous spiders into homes because they are looking for a warm place to stay for the winter. These spiders do live by their name and they tend to be very reclusive.

They like to hide out in attics, insulation between walls, closets or garages. They can get into you house through cracks near doors, windows and walls.

Around 70% of houses in Missouri have brown recluse spiders. People often confuse brown recluse spiders with other types of wood spiders. Wood spiders are pretty harmless, but they are both about the size of a quarter. 

You can tell if a spider is a brown recluse if it has a violin shape on its back and it doesn't have much hair on it. 

Older homes are more likely to have these spiders in them, but all homes should be on the lookout.

A bite from a brown recluse can cause some pretty bad damage. Most people don't know they have been bitten until their skin starts to swell. Symptoms include swelling, redness, heat and pain. Their venom can cause skin to rot and if a bite is untreated, it can cause death.

The biggest problem is that bites take up to a few months to heal and cause catch secondary infections.

It's a good idea to shake out your clothes if they have been in a dark area for a while. You can buy sticky pads to trap spiders too.

If you think you might have brown recluse spiders in your house, you should call an exterminator.

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