Pest Spotlight: Brown Recluse Spiders in Savannah

brown recluse spider on the ground

Two types of dangerous spiders live here in Savannah; ones that are easily identifiable and ones that blend in with other common spiders. The last thing you need inside your Savannah home is an arachnid that might be dangerous. Today we will discuss the brown recluse spider, a commonly misidentified and harmful arachnid.

Here is what you should know about this pest and how to keep them out of your Savannah home year-round. Call Prestige Pest Control if you are interested in professional spider removal and prevention. We would be happy to discuss our Savannah pest control options and schedule your home for a visit. For more information about the brown recluse spider, keep reading. 

How To Identify Brown Recluse Spiders

The brown recluse spider is one of the most challenging local species to identify because of its typical brown coloration and small body. The distinguishing feature that sets this arachnid apart is the backward, violin-shaped mark on its back just behind its head. It also has six forward-facing eyes instead of eight, but we do not recommend getting close enough to check for this detail. As simple as identifying a brown recluse sounds on paper, it is often hard in practice. This pest is often mistaken for other common arachnids in our area.

Some spiders similar to brown recluses are the huntsman spider, the wolf spider, and the hobo spider.  Keeping this in mind, if you think you saw a brown recluse spider inside your home but are not sure, consider scheduling a thorough pest inspection courtesy of Prestige Pest Control. Our team would be happy to help you identify these pests. 

The Dangers Of Brown Recluse Spiders On Your Property

A brown recluse spider will not go out of its way to bite you or one of your family members. It appears that these local arachnids are not aggressive. They will, however, hide in tight spaces and bite people that encroach on their hiding spots. If your kids like to play in a jungle gym outdoors, these spiders could be sheltering inside. The same is true if you have a shed or garage that has clutter.

If you didn’t know, a bite from a brown recluse is not just painful. Many serious symptoms are associated with this pest’s venom, including fever, chills, nausea, weakness, joint pain, and a deep necrotic ulcer that forms around the bite area. If you know you were bitten by a brown recluse spider and start to experience these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately; the only way to reduce discomfort and minimize tissue damage. Consider investing in a comprehensive pest control plan to help deter these pests from your property and home.

The Safest Way To Get Rid Of Brown Recluse Spiders

There is no denying that the brown recluse is one of the worst of all local spiders; this does not mean that you should tolerate any other types of spiders crawling into your home. For fast services to deal with an active pest infestation, consider hiring our experts at Prestige Pest Control. Our team has experience dealing with dangerous spiders like the brown recluses and offers short- and long-term options to combat pests on your property. We will visit you, assess the condition of your home’s exterior, identify pest problems indoors, and suggest an option to remove and combat invasive species effectively. If that sounds good, reach out to our team today.

How To Keep Brown Recluse Spiders Away From Your Property

After you deal with an infestation indoors, one option you have to keep common spiders out is DIY prevention strategies. Here are a few simple options to consider using today:

  • Make sure to seal your home’s exterior properly. Seal small gaps and cracks using a caulking gun and have more serious problems addressed by a carpenter or handyman.
  • Invest in high-quality weatherstripping and door sweeps to protect windows and doors around your home.
  • Fix damaged screens and keep unscreened doors and windows closed as much as possible.
  • Turn off exterior lights at night; this will help prevent many bugs that brown recluses invade to hunt. 

Contact our team at Prestige Pest Control to learn about our year-round pest control options. We will discuss your options and help you find a plan to keep spiders and other common invasive species out of your Wilmington Island home.