5 Reasons Spring is the Time to Worry About Brown Recluse Spiders
Loxosceles reclusa, the brown recluse spider, is a venomous spider enormously dreaded in Texas and there’s a good reason why. Being a member of Sicariidae (a family of spiders with deadly or necrotic venom), the bite of a brown recluse is not one that can be easily forgotten. While it can be no worse than a hornet sting, it can also be very painful. It may cause the tissue to become necrotic or cause it to form a disfiguring ulcer in a few hours. In some cases, it may even be life threatening. It all depends on how much venom is injected into the victim and how sensitive the person is to the venom.
When you live somewhere near Bryan/College Station, TX, it is understandable why you go crazy with cleaning your home just when the spring is felt in the warming air. The brown recluse spending winter in the dark and cluttered corners of your attic or basement is one reason to clean all those areas that have not been dusted, vacuumed and aired throughout the cold months. There are other reasons why you must worry about brown recluse spiders College Station during spring:
1. Their winter hibernation is over. If they have been hibernating in the empty boxes or under debris in your home, the warm months will stimulate them to go out of their hiding to hunt food and construct egg sacs. You are likely to encounter them actively hunting prey at night.
2. Spring is chow time. The brown recluse spiders can go on months without a meal. This means that they can go in hiding for as long as the winter takes, but when the temperature gets warmer, they will go out to hunt food.
3. The brown recluse love hot and dry environments. This makes your home, a favorite target even before hibernation. The attic is a vulnerable spot because it is not only warm and dry; it is also less visited and de-cluttered
4. This spider develops egg sacs by spring. They continue to develop fast from July to September. There are about 20 to 50 eggs per sac, and female spiders usually build up to five egg sacs. It takes about 3 – 5 weeks for the spiderlings to emerge from the sac, another 1 – 2 molts before they leave their nests, and 6 – 7 molts in a year to become an adult.
5. These spiders living inside structures emerge in spring. You just don’t see them because they can be infesting un-insulated walls, especially of old or turn-of-the-century homes, but they are there. The new adults emerging from previous year’s spiderlings are, by this time, ready to reproduce.
Eradication of brown recluses is both a long and costly process; even with best efforts, you are most likely to fail getting rid of them completely. You can try your hand on some pest control methods such as using pesticides around baseboards, but the best thing really is to find a professional pest control company to make sure those brown recluses inside walls are eradicated with efficiency. You wouldn’t want them maturing and posing a threat year-round. While you are at it, consider getting a professional pest company you trust that also installs Christmas lights for your peace of mind. Give EcoZapp a call today.