Beware the Brown Recluse Spider

The brown recluse spider is much like its reclusive human counterpart. It’s an unfriendly, unhinged sort, that will happily seclude itself from the world.

They’re the spider equivalent of this guy here:

You know that guy. His hair grows wild, his beard is disheveled, and he has questionable personal hygiene. He’s also intent on marrying his birds – after all, ideal human interaction is no human interaction at all.

The one main difference, however, is that the brown recluse is small enough to be comfortably hidden and nestled in your home.

Armed, Dangerous, and Intent on Being Left Alone

The brown recluse spider isn’t usually out on the prowl. But consider these eight-legged-loners lock, stock, and smoking barrel if they’re disturbed or feel threatened—like when you’re unwittingly throwing on a pair of pants they’ve inhabited.

The brown recluse bite contains venom, filled with a complex collection of enzymes, causing hemolysis; characterized as the rupturing of blood cells. Bites can lead to fever, convulsions, itching, nausea, muscle pain, and in extreme cases, necrosis (the death of living cells). Necrosis involves painful, purple & black, ulcerous, slow-healing wounds.

Needless to say, these anti-social arachnids aren’t in the business of making friends.

The Ontario Boogeyman

The brown recluse’s roots lie in the south central United States. While the spider’s presence in Ontario is oft debated, there have been countless bite cases cited within the province. Similar to a nomadic drifter who plays by their own rules, the brown recluse finds its way to Ontario via sneaking onto any vessel shipping goods from the States.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire… and where there’s spider bites, there’s spiders. A strength of any recluse (spider or human) is stealth—you won’t find anyone who doesn’t wish to be found.

All Artists are Recluses

Many virtuoso violinists are known for their strange, anti-social behaviour. A lack of understanding of the outside world is part of being an artist, right?

Similarly, the brown recluse has violin-shaped markings on top of their cephalothorax (fused head and thorax), pointing towards their bulbous abdomen.

The violin-like markings have unique intensities that vary with age—older recluses have darker violin shapes, while their younger siblings’ is brighter.

Strange Spider, Stranger Things

Consistent with their oddball nature, the brown recluse builds irregular webs, usually found in woodpiles, sheds, closets, garages, cellars, and airflow systems. They shelter themselves from the rest of the world within the confines of disorderly thread.

Once they’ve snuck into your home, they’ll construct their avant-garde webs in cardboard, as it mimics the rotting tree bark they typically inhabit. They’re also found inside shoes, dressers, seldom-used bedsheets, and work gloves.

We don’t know about you… but we certainly have the heebie-jeebies.

Terminix Canada practices environmentally-friendly spider removal that’ll eliminate or keep the mysterious brown recluse spider out of your home.

And even if these creepy eight-legged outcasts aren’t littering the streets of Ontario, there are legions of other insects and wildlife that are capable of burrowing their way onto and into your property.

If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, and require any wildlife or pest removal, control, or prevention, contact us for a free consultation!