Brown Recluse Spiders in Springfield Joplin and Branson Missouri

Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse Spider

 Brown Recluse Spiders in Springfield Joplin and Branson Missouri

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The site of a brown recluse spider can evoke fear and conjure up images of ulcerated wounds brought on by their venomous bites.

 While bites  can cause wounds and you should be careful, Brown Recluse are rarely aggressive and most bites result in minor to moderate skin irritations, said Richard Houseman, University of Missouri Extension urban entomologist.

 “I think it is a serious thing to worry about, but only 2 to 3 percent of bites cause a skin reaction bigger than the point of a pencil. People worry that if they get a bite they’re going to lose their arm,” Houseman said. “Most people have (brown recluse spiders) in their home, especially when they have lived in a house for a while.”


As suggested by its name recluse, the brown recluse spider is rarely aggressive, and bites from the species are uncommon.  The spider usually bites only when pressed against the skin, such as when tangled within clothes, towels, bedding, inside work gloves, etc. Many human victims report having been bitten after putting on clothes that had not been worn recently, or had been left for many days undisturbed on the floor. However, the fangs of the brown recluse are so tiny they are unable to penetrate most fabric.

While the majority of brown recluse spider bites do not result in any symptoms, cutaneous symptoms occur more frequently than systemic symptoms. In such instances, the bite forms a necrotizing ulcer that destroys soft tissue and may take months to heal, leaving deep scars. These bites usually become painful and itchy within 2 to 8 hours. Pain and other local effects worsen 12 to 36 hours after the bite, and the necrosis develops over the next few days.[19] Over time, the wound may grow to as large as 25 cm (10 inches). The damaged tissue becomes gangrenous and eventually sloughs away.

 Pest Facts: Brown Recluse Spiders


Brown recluse spiders have a characteristic dark brown violin marking on their back.

 Pest Facts

Color:  Light to dark brown, with characteristic dark brown violin marking on back

Legs:  Eight

Shape:  RoundSize5/8″

Antennae:  No

Flying:  No

Region:  TX, LA, AR, OK, MO, KS, NE, IA, MO, IL, IN, OH, KY, TN, MS, AL, GA


Brown recluse spiders are nocturnal and eat other bugs like cockroaches and crickets. Male brown recluse spiders wander farther than females and will crawl into shoes or other clothing.


Brown recluse spiders often live outdoors in debris and wood piles. They can be found indoors in storage areas and dark recesses.


Like the black widow spider, the brown recluse spider bites in defense and does not bite humans instinctively. They will bite humans when the clothing they are hiding in is worn. The brown recluse spider bite is painful and can produce an open, ulcerating sore.


To avoid brown recluse spiders, avoid keeping clothing on the floor. Store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers, and shake out all clothing that has been in a hamper before wearing or washing.




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