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How to Get Rid of Brown Recluse Spiders

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.

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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.

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How to Get Rid of Black Widow Spiders

Thursday, 14. January 2010 9:36



Black widow spiders are known that the female black widow eats the male after they are done mating, which is only a belief. A female black widow spider is black with a red hourglass looking mark on her abdomen. The adult male black widow spiders are harmless. They are considerably smaller than the female size, about half the size and usually has yellow or red band with spots on their back. The legs are longer in proportion to his body than of female. The younger black widow spiders are primarily orange to white but will acquire more black as they get older. More on How to Get Rid of Black Widow Spiders

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Brown Recluse Spiders

Thursday, 14. January 2010 9:28

Brown Recluse Spider

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Common Name: Violin spider

Latin Name: Loxosceles spp.
Common Family Name: Brown spiders
Latin Family Name: Loxoscelidae
Other Names: Brown recluse spider, fiddleback spider


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Origin of Brown Recluse Spider:

There are 11 species of Loxosceles that are native to the United States, and at least one imported species that is found in the southwest. The Brown Recluse, L. reclusa, has the widest range, from a small area of western Florida to Texas and north to Iowa. It has been found sporadically as a transient in other states. The other 10 native species are found in the southwest from Texas to California.

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Black Widow Spiders

Wednesday, 13. January 2010 17:34


Black Widow Spiders

Black widows are well known for their dangerous and potentially fatal bite. When dealing with human health, black widow spiders are the most dangerous in the United States. Also, another interesting tidbit is that many people believe there is only one type of Black Widow Spider, but that is completely untrue. There are actually five different species of these spiders here in the United States.

Did you know only female black widows can bite? Although both females and males both create big webs to capture prey, the females are generally more dangerous to the human race. Males often creep into webs to mate with the females, but if they are rejected, they face the possibility of being eaten. Though they may seem pretty ferocious by eating a potential husband, they are even more aggressive when it comes to their eggs. While creating a web of protection, the female black widow will be the most defensive and combative. Also, the female will be hungrier than usual after producing her eggs.

Black widows are considered to be reclusive spiders – meaning they like to create their webs in seclusion and areas that are generally inactive. Once their eggs hatch, the spiderlings then go into “ballooning” which is when thin silk strands are created and are eventually carried by the wind to disperse the young black widows.

Black widows are nocturnal pests. They do not like to be around humans, particularly, but they can be found in garages and outhouses. Usually a black widow will not bite unless they feel that they are threatened or their eggs are in danger. The black widow produces venom made out of protein that directly affects the victim’s nervous system. Symptoms of a bite will usually begin 20 minutes to 1 hour after being bitten. Symptoms include: abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, fainting, chest pains, and respiratory difficulties.

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Female black widows are probably the most recognized for their physical makeup. They have shiny black bodies with long legs. On their large oval abdomen, a red pattern in the shape of an hourglass can be found. Males, on the other hand, have the same pattern but in a different color – their body is brown and white.

Black widow bites can be fatal, so if you or someone you know has been bitten, seek professional medical attention immediately!

Q: what is best to kill spiders?

A: If you look on our spider control products page (, you will find many products that should effectively kill the spiders for you. What kind of pesticide you purchase will depend on your preference and how large your spider problem is. For just general treatment, we would recommend Talstar Pro, Suspend SC, or Masterline Bifenthrin.


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