Controlling Brown Recluse Spiders
Brown Recluse Spiders can be dangerous pests. In today’s “green” enthusiasm, many claim that spiders are necessary pests that will control insect pests. That is true, however, there are over 3,000 types of spiders in North America that share the same insect diet. The natural food chain will not be significantly altered by the elimination of Brown Recluse Spiders in or around your home. Do you really want these venomous spiders endangering your family?
And you certainly do not want the recluse inside your home. They are equally dangerous as the Black Widow which you would not want in your home either. Why place infants, young children and those that have challenged immune systems in jeopardy?
Preventing Brown Recluse Infestation
You don’t one Brown Recluse yet alone an infestation of them. If you already have an infestation, controlling and elimination will be difficult and can take a while, but you must begin to control them. It takes multiple approaches that involves the both the homeowner and chemical treatment by pest control professionals.
Keep the Brown Recluse from entering your home. Employ these recommended exclusion methods which are basically the same for all pests that you do not want inside your home.
- Be sure window screens are tight-fitting.
- Be sure doors are tightly weather-stripped.
- Install door sweeps on all doors leading to the outside.
- Seal cracks in walls, crevices, fireplaces and other entry points.
- Do not bring cardboard storage boxes without a thorough check.
- Use plastic, tightly sealed storage containers instead of cardboard boxes
- Install yellow outdoor lights outside near doorways.
Keep your home clean and organized. Like all spiders, the Brown Recluse feeds on insects. To control the recluse, you must also control insects as well. So you want to practice cleanliness in all aspects particularly as it relates to food items and anything else that will attract insects inside your home. The Brown Recluse will eat dead insects, so it is important to quickly remove dead insects.
- Thoroughly clean your kitchen before going to bed.
- Tightly seal all food containers.
- Empty all trash cans before retiring to bed.
- Eliminate clutter. Boxes, old clothing, attics, garages, basements.
- Regularly vacuum including windowsills and visible spider webs.
Yes, Insecticides can be toxic to children and pets, but when applied properly they can be used safely. You can purchase insecticides that are labeled for home us at your local hardware store. However, more potent and effective insecticides are only approved for professional pest control use. Interview several pest control companies asking about its approach to recluse control and ask for a short list of testimonials by other customers that have been satisfied with the results. For heavy infestations, a complete fumigation may be necessary which should only be done by a professional pest management company.
Sticky Glue Traps
There is a great deal of controversy about glue traps. When used outside, the sticky glue traps will also catch “good pests” including lizards which control
insect populations. Glue traps will also catch mice, rats and other critters. Their use is somewhat barbaric since pests that are trapped can die a slow,
painful death. Whether you implement them outside is at personal discretion.
However, all pests inside your home are troublesome pests that can carry disease, do consequential damage and pose dangers. Glue traps will not only catch Brown Recluse Spiders, but the insects upon which they feed. The homeowner has to come to their own conclusion of whether or not to use glue traps inside the home.
Remember, the safety of family members and pets are your primary concern.