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The brown recluse spider is one of the most feared spiders, but the truth is they just want to be left alone and not disturbed. The brown recluse spider will typically not attack unless they feel threatened, which is why you should never attempt to handle the removal of this species on your own.

When it feels trapped the brown recluse spider will bite, which is why the majority of bites occur in beds. The spider will make a home in the bed and when the occupant rolls over the spider will fear it is being attacked and bite in self-defense. These bites can go undetected for several hours so it is best to have the professionals at HTP Pest ensure that your home is free of these pests.

Bites from the brown recluse spider will typically not be life threatening, but the venom will cause a blister and skin irritation that can be quite uncomfortable and very unpleasant. Scaring will usually occur because the venom destroys the skin tissue.

If you do experience a brown recluse spider bite, you will want to seek medical attention right away because of possible infections. Symptoms that will often signal a bite include fever, chills, dizziness, and severe nausea.

Brown Recluse Spiders in Tennessee Facts

  • Mating starts in June and July
  • Females lay between 20 and 50 eggs
  • Females produce 5 batches of eggs during her lifetime
  • Baby brown recluse spiders take one year to fully mature
  • Brown recluse spiders live for up to 3 years

Brown recluse spiders hide behind rocks and fallen trees outside. In the house, brown recluse spiders are typically found within the walls or in items that are stored, providing them shelter. They can survive without water, so they are often found in dry storage areas.

How to Identify Brown Recluse Spiders

The average brown recluse spider is the size of a quarter, measuring approximately ¼ to ½ inch in length with a brown body. Males and females look the same.


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