Despite their name, brown recluse spiders do come out in public, making them a target of Cape Girardeau pest control. Scientists from Penn State provide vital information about the brown recluse spider, which is a well-established species in Missouri.
Brown recluse spiders are indeed chocolate brown and roughly nine millimeters long. The species is readily identified by its long legs, three pairs of eyes and violin-shaped marking that spans their head and thorax.
Life Cycle and Habits
Mating season for brown recluse spiders occurs in June and July, at which time females lay between 20 and 50 eggs. The average female brown recluse will repeat this process two to five times during her lifetime.
The brown recluse prefers warm, dry nesting sites as opposed to its cousin, the Mediterranean recluse, which seeks cool, humid areas. Favored brown recluse hiding spots include gaps and cracks in logs, under rocks and inside building walls and boards.
Initially, a brown recluse spider bite may produce little more than a stinging sensation. Danger arises from the cytotoxic properties contained in the spider’s venom. After about seven hours, a blister-like sore appears that grows as the venom destroys surrounding tissue.
Symptoms of a bite may include chills, fever, joint soreness, fatigue and nausea. Bites often take six to eight weeks to heal and generally leave scar tissue.
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