Brown recluses have plain brown abdomens and plain brown legs with fine hair but no large spines. All sizes and a couple even looked to be pregnant. That belief is still very much with us, but it shouldn’t be. And by “earlier” I mean later. If so please email it to me (catherine.elizabeth.scott [at] This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Keep reading for an overview of bumble bees vs. honey bees to learn more about the differences and similarities between the two informal groups. It is in my house crawling everywhere my son likes sleeping on the floor I’m scared dor him please help me. Thanks very much for commenting. If the answer to any one of the remaining questions is “yes”, it’s definitely not a brown recluse. But, it’s useful to be able to tell between different types of spiders as some could be more dangerous than others. It was about the size of a quarter. Warm weather and high humidity can sometimes lead to woodlouse finding their way inside houses. We found 3 spiders today all brown with violin looking marks on their backs. Putting out sticky traps around baseboards is the best way to catch brown recluses. I think it was about the size of a dime with it’s legs and had an orange tint. Therefore, these patients were bitten by whatever spider species is common in their homes. I am willing to bet it’s not a brown recluse just based on the location, and also if it was hanging from a dragline out in the open, that’s not typical behaviour for a brown recluse. They can be found in stored items such as shoes, clothing, bedding and decorations. If it has 8 eyes (like most spiders), it is not a brown recluse. Just because one or a few brown recluse spiders have been found in a new area does not mean that their range has expanded or that they are abundant there. Male southern house spider (Kukulcania hibernalis). Southern house spider. If you see a spider in your home, your first instinct might not be to look closer. Family Smart! Then, a spider that could have been a yellow sac spider (had very obvious yellow rear and lighter brown head and legs) came running from where the bag was placed up my closet bookshelf. I grew up in Louisiana, saw them all over & never worried about it – until I got bit by one. Do you have a photo of the spider? We have a storage unit for the past 6 months and we are in the process of unpacking all the box’s. I’m trying to post a pic but can’t seem to find how? The 8 eyes are all tightly clumped together, it has conspicuous spines on the legs, and its pedipalps (the two small leg-like appendages at the very front end of the spider) are extremely long and stick straight out in front of its face (compare to a male brown recluse spider here). Picked up A LOT of BR’s. Did you collect the spider that bit you? LORD! still awaits more data, but it now seems likely that it, too, will be cleared of causing major skin lesions and illness (with no human case backed up by a specimen of the biting spider, if any). All rights reserved. The WORST reaction has been rapid “acute renal failure” (per the Arizona Kidney Institute) roughly four weeks later. Your email address will not be published. My goal is not to persuade people that recluses are nothing to worry about, but to provide accurate information about them and the reality of the risks associated with them. (2009). Beyond the chemical transformation in their bodies, many spiders seek shelter in piles of rocks, leaves or wood. Just two weeks ago I was bitten by a brown recluse,which I kept in a zip lock bag and showed by doctor. I keep seeing a brown spider, 8 legs, that had a solid color body and abdomen but it almost looks or seems felling if that makes sense. We normally see them as we enter a room and flip on the light. It has a similar violin-like marking on the back, but several other features that distinguish it from brown recluses. Hi, I have a picture of a spider I would like you to take a look at and tell me if it is in fact it is a BR. The Mayo Clinic recommends seeking medical attention if a spider bite is severely painful or the victim experiences abdominal cramping. I was very lucky that I didn’t have more problems. I’m just now seeing this. I rarely rake leaves in fall anymore. Most modern mouse traps don’t use pieces of cheese, although they can still use food as bait. I have been bitten twice by brown recluse and have scars from them. Hi Jackie, Also, I think I might have seen one on my bed last night. Woodlouse Spider vs Brown Recluse, Which is more Poisonous? Rick Vetter has some information here on how to avoid bites: This spider has very large and strong jaws and can penetrate deeply when it bites humans, but a 2006 study of 16 verified bites showed that the main symptom was the pain of the puncture and that the venom had little effect. Learn more about the types of cookies we use by reviewing our updated Privacy Policy. Also note the fine hairs on the legs, but no spines, and the plain brown abdomen. Buying houseplants can put you at risk for harboring unwanted pest infestations. That said, Rick Vetter has some good advice here: on avoiding bites if you do have recluses in your house. Oh good catch – I knew that! And the spiders legs were bent, so I couldn’t tell how long they were. Woodlouse spiders are commonly mistaken for the brown recluse spider because of their similar shapes. The colourful spider got its name because it preys on woodlice. Not one patient developed any necrotic lesion. Brown recluses are not huge spiders. Identifying and Misidentifying the Brown Recluse Spider. The brown recluse has extended its range into parts of the northern United States, making its home in caves, rodent burrows, and other protected environments. **This guide is based on the following resources: Vetter, Rick. Please email me a photo ([email protected]), Can I please email a picture to you of a spider? I took a photo of what appears to be a brown recluse web in my yard. In 1993, a man with no medical or arachnological credentials somehow managed to get an article published in the respected New Scientist about a roommate who felt “a rapid series of jabs” while carrying furniture and later became seriously ill and noticed blistered skin around “puncture marks.”. My friend is worried it is a brown recluse, Absolutely! Please send me an email at catherine.scott [at], or if you’re on twitter, you can tweet the photo to @recluseornot and contribute to a citizen science project to help understand where brown recluses occur across North America (more info here: They’ve developed quite a nasty reputation, thanks to urban legends (mostly false) that have been circulating for years. They’re actually kind if beautiful markings. It’s impossible to know what caused the bite you describe unless you saw what bit you. I have sent an e-mail, so hopefully, we can get a little advice because these things are taking over. The spiders are not known to be aggressive and will not usually bite unless scared or provoked. Still getting used to those name changes. The small percentage of bites that are very serious are the ones that get all the attention in both the medical literature and the media, which has led to the misconception that recluse bites are always severe, require hospitalization, result in extensive scarring, and so on.”. I smashed one weeks ago thinking I had finally seen a brown recluse. If it has extremely long skinny legs like the spider in the image above, it is a cellar spider (or daddy-longlegs), not a brown recluse. All rights reserved. Thank u! Was in great health before these bites (exercised every day). I’m sure yellow sac spiders will stay on “dangerous spider lists” for years to come. The Mayo Clinic recommends seeking medical attention if a spider bite is severely painful or the victim experiences abdominal cramping. Stepping on a brown recluse should not harm you! Cellar spiders are quite common in homes and have long skinny legs and a violin shape, so that seems like it might be what you saw. Stay updated on Seasonal Pest Pressures, Prevention & Control, Grazonnext mixing chart, reviews, application, price, Emperor scorpion size, habitat, care, facts, classification, Drugstore beetle images, bite, trap, lifecycle, eggs, identification, Drive XLR8 Herbicide instructions, reviews, label, and application. Despite looking very dissimilar to brown recluses, these spiders are often mistaken for brown recluses because of the “violin” mark on the back. While they can be a nuisance, and a real issue for anyone who suffers from arachnophobia, spiders are largely beneficial creatures. I live in Colorado and I was bitten by a Brown Recluse. I think it was a solid color light brown, kind of small, but I couldn’t count it’s eyes. My mom is afraid of spiders and our 3 cats are trying to play with them. I wish to say that this post is awesome, nice written and come with As for the spider on your bed, it does sound like it could be a brown recluse. If it has a patterned abdomen, it is not a brown recluse. Absolutely! But up to now, that clearly has not happened! Thank you for your help. It appeared to be hanging by a thread, and looked dead. There is a paper that has predicted areas of North America that would become suitable habitat for brown recluse spiders here: Learn how to identify a brown recluse, so that you can up your spider savvy. In nature they are found under rocks and in crevices and are considered “synanthropic” meaning their populations benefit when associated with humans. I have found about 6 brown recuses in the past 2 weeks. Sometimes I even toss them back out. This is why misdiagnosis of spider bites is so harmful. Unfortunately, I am not able to post the photos I have taken here on this comment thread, but I hope you’ll be able to email me so that I could send the photos for your opinion. I live in Kamloops, British Columbia and there are 100% Brown Recluse, Hobo Spiders and Black Widow spiders here.

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