How to Identify Brown Recluse Spiders


The body of a Brown Recluse varies from a yellowish to a dark brown color, and is covered with fine hairs. It also has a dark brown violin marking behind the eyes. The body of the adult spider varies from 1/3 to 1/2 inch in length.


Seeing even one Brown Recluse may indicate a possible problem. Brown Recluse spiders, as the name implies, are found in reclusive areas such as attics, garages, storage rooms or in or behind large pieces of furniture, appliances or stored goods. Live spiders may be visible at night. Shed skins may also be a sign of an infestation. These spiders do not spin a large web.


Brown Recluse spiders are important because they produce a cytotoxic venom that can cause tissue death. The venom usually kills the affected tissue and causes necrosis or death of the underlying skin. The venom is usually localized at the site of the bite.


It is virtually impossible to prevent a Brown Recluse problem. But because of the severity of the bite, professional control measures are crucial.


A professional treatment is the best way to control Brown Recluse Spiders in a given area. Cook’s Pest Control offers professional treatment for the control of brown recluse spiders. Our technicians are thoroughly trained to address your spider problems.

Don’t waste time and money on over-the-counter remedies or unprofessional service. Call Cook’s, the South’s reliable pest control service. We provide free pest identification and free evaluations with no obligation!

About Spiders

  • All spiders are eight-legged, and they can enter a home in a variety of ways: on clothing, through cracks under doors, and more.
  • Most spiders can’t harm people, except for a few species like the brown recluse and black widow.
  • A Cook’s professional knows how to spot and control all types.