Seeing a brown recluse spider in your home is a scary thing. And if you’re arachnophobic, then it can be even disastrous.
But, if you see one brown recluse spider in your home, can there be more? Yes!
So, what should you do if you find one? Let’s find it out.
- If You Find One Brown Recluse Are There More?
- Should You Be Concerned If You Find One Brown Recluse Spider?
- Do Brown Recluse Spiders Live In Groups?
- Can You Touch A Brown Recluse Spider?
- Do Brown Recluse Spiders Bite Multiple Times?
- Do Brown Recluse Spiders Get On Beds?
- Spiders That Look Like Brown Recluse Spider
If You Find One Brown Recluse Are There More?
Yes, sighting of one brown recluse spider is a tell tale sign that there are more brown recluses inside your home.
But brown recluse spiders don’t live in large groups. There can be a few and if your home is big then there can be multiple brown recluse spiders hiding inside your home.
Brown recluse spiders are not common in all the states of the US. There are certain states where the brown recluse spiders are common.
Should You Be Concerned If You Find One Brown Recluse Spider?
No, you shouldn’t be. And it would help if you don’t get stressed out.
But that doesn’t mean that you should take the sighting of a brown recluse spider lightly.
Here’s what you should do if you find one brown recluse spider in your home.
#1 – Get Rid Of The Brown Recluse Spider That You Saw
The first thing you must do when you see one brown recluse spider is not to let it escape.
Catch it by using a spider catcher. Or put a glass jar on the spider to trap it.
Then slowly tilt the glass jar so that the spider can’t escape. Cover the glass jar’s opening with the lid and dispose of the spider away from your property.
Do not squish the spider or handle it with your hands.
Brown recluse spiders are venomous. They can leave a nasty bite when they feel threatened.
#2 – Check For Other Brown Recluses In Your Home
Brown recluses hide in cluttered places of your home.
Places like the attic, basement, garage, and storage rooms are their prime real estate to hide.
They also hide in the wall voids, in the cracks of the beams and furniture, inside old worn-out shoes and cardboard boxes.
However, remember that clutter is what these spiders like.
So, cluttered bedrooms, kitchen pantries, kitchen cabinets, and even closets can be their hiding places.
#3 – Get Rid Of Any Hidden Brown Recluse That You Might Find
On spotting any hiding brown recluse, get rid of it.
There’s an entire post on how to get rid of brown recluse spiders where you’ll find step-by-step instructions to eliminate them.
#4 – Check For Any Egg Sacs And Get Rid Of Them
Brown recluse spiders have a habit of hiding their egg sacs in the tight gaps and corners of the places they hide.
And sightings of egg sacs in home is one of the signs of brown recluse infestation.
The egg sacs look like white silken balls that contain multiple eggs.
If you find any, remove it using a broom and dispose of it far away from your property.
You can also destroy the brown recluse spider egg sac by pouring kerosene or gasoline on it.
Caution: Female brown recluses don’t go far away from their egg sacs, mainly in the daytime.
Brown recluses are nocturnal, and they remain hidden during the day.
Wear appropriate protective clothing while getting rid of the egg sac because the female brown recluse will fiercely defend it.
#5 – Check For Any Spun Web In Tight Spaces
Brown recluse spiders don’t spin webs to catch their prey. They hunt by lurking and pouncing on the target.
However, they spin a clumsy web in the tight gaps they hide.
That spun web is a retreat for the brown recluse.
So, if you find the web and in multiple places, then it’s a clear indication that there are more brown recluses in your home.
#6 – Call A Pest Controller For An Inspection
If you couldn’t find any brown recluse spider in your home after spotting one, then it’ll be best to call a pest controller for an initial inspection.
Spiders hide in the unlikeliest of places inside homes. When DIY efforts fail, it’s always a good idea to rely on professional help.
Do Brown Recluse Spiders Live In Groups?
If there are too many brown recluse spiders in your home, they can live in small groups of two or three in their hiding places.
But not in large groups. These spiders are named brown recluses because, like all spiders, they’re shy of humans.
But they’re not shy of each other.
Can You Touch A Brown Recluse Spider?
We don’t recommend touching any spider unless you’re a specialist in doing it.
Brown recluse spiders are venomous. They’re not poisonous.
It means that if you touch them, they won’t harm you unless they feel threatened.
Venomous bugs and spiders harm you by injecting or stinging their venom into your body.
Do Brown Recluse Spiders Bite Multiple Times?
No, they don’t. Brown recluse spiders bite only once.
You don’t feel more than a pinch when they bite you. And initially, there’s no pain or itching after the bite.
However, things worsen over time if you don’t treat the bite. Brown recluse bites cause skin necrosis which is painful, itchy, and spread in other parts of your body.
So, if a brown recluse spider bites you, see a doctor asap. But brown recluse spiders don’t kill you.
Do Brown Recluse Spiders Get On Beds?
No, they don’t. Brown recluse spiders wouldn’t want to be in places where human presence is regular.
However, there are instances when many people came across both adult brown recluse spiders and tiny white spiders in beds.
It’s because these spiders accidentally crawled on the bed. And there were egg sacs underneath beds, thanks to a cluttered bedroom, which caused the baby spiders to climb on the bed.
Spiders That Look Like Brown Recluse Spider
Very few people can distinguish a brown recluse spider from other spiders.
Many spiders look like brown recluses, and an untrained person can easily confuse them with a brown recluse spider.
Wolf spider, ground spider, and grass spider look like brown recluse spiders.
These spiders are quite different than the brown recluse.
But given their similarity in looks, especially the long legs, a novice can confuse these spiders with the brown recluse.
Ever saw a brown recluse look-alike running across the kitchen floor during the daytime? If yes, then it’s a wolf spider.
It’s unlikely that a brown recluse will roam around during the day.
If you find one brown recluse spider in your home, then there can be more hiding inside.
Brown recluse spiders are sneaky and active during the night. Unfortunately, that makes them hard to spot.
You can go without spotting a single brown recluse spider despite quite a few of them hiding inside your home.
This guide laid out the steps to take if you find one brown recluse spider.
To know more about another common yet hard-to-spot spider inside your home, read our post on signs of black widow spider infestation
We are Mark and Jim. We dabbled with bugs and pests for most of our lives. And we provide information and hacks that work in making your home pest free.