Thursday, 14. January 2010 9:43
Q: have found 2 brown recluse in my basement (I have a teenage son down there)Is Deltamethrin the best product to use? Are there any other recommendations?
A: The first and foremost step you want to take is to thoroughly clean your basement. You need to clear out as much clutter as possible to eliminate possible shelter for the brown recluses. If you have any leaky pipes or anything that may act as a source of moisture, it needs to be removed and cleaned up as well. In terms of pesticides, LambdaStar 9.7% CS is a great product to use on brown recluses and its active ingredient is Deltamethrin. We recommend using the Suspend SC with several glue traps for the most coverage.
A Brown Recluse Spiders reclusive characteristic is that they seek hiding places and shelter. They are very adaptable and will still be active in temperatures from 45F to 110F, meaning that they will still be active during the winter. Brown recluse spiders have soft bodies with yellowish-tan to dark brown color. They can vary from 1/3- 1/2″ in length and can be over 1″ in diameter including the legs. They can be identified by a dark brown violin looking shape mark (please refer to the picture for identification). The brown recluse spider spins a web that is white to gray in color. They are active at night and usually eat other insects as in cockroaches and other small insects. Brown recluse spiders can survive up to 6 months without food or water.