What To Do About Brown Recluse Spiders On Your Denver Property

close up of brown recluse spider

At White Knight Pest Control, we love Denver for the same reasons you do: endless activities outdoors, breathtaking mountain views, and a front-row seat to the true four seasons. Unfortunately, pests also love Denver, and Denver homeowners should remain vigilant against pests in the home, such as the brown recluse spider. This is especially important in the summer months, as many pests seek shelter from the heat in underused areas of your home or garage.

Whatever your pest concern this summer, White Knight Pest Control has your back. Our expert service technicians show up on time with a smile, and offer a pest-free guarantee.

Identifying The “Secretive” Brown Recluse

Brown recluse spiders are one of the most misidentified spiders and often hide out of sight. Brown recluse spiders are light to dark brown in color, with their characteristic dark brown violin marking on their back. They also have six eyes, rather than arachnids’ traditional eight. 

Because of the spider’s tendency to be misidentified, it’s often easier to determine if the spider in your home is NOT a brown recluse. Make sure to check the number of eyes, and look for the dark fiddle marking on the dorsum or top of the cephalothorax. 

Denver Residents: Stay Safe By Staying Educated

Brown recluse spiders often bite if they feel threatened or trapped. These spiders hide out in underutilized areas of the home or yard, such as in wood or debris piles, or even in shoes. It’s important to shake out any seldom-used shoes or clothing before putting them on and taking care to prevent the spiders from infesting your home in the first place. 

Both male and female brown recluse spiders will bite you if they feel threatened. Their venom may produce dead tissue, and while typically not life-threatening, poses an elevated threat to vulnerable populations such as children, elderly, and those with pre-existing conditions. Brown recluse bites take several weeks to heal. If you have been bitten by a spider that may be a brown recluse, seek medical help, as it is always better to be safe than sorry. 

Controlling Spider Infestations In Your Denver Home

Regardless of if you have brown recluse concerns or not, if you are seeing an abundance of spiders on your property, the most effective way to handle them and other pests that may be feeding these spiders is to contact professional help. White Knight Pest Control is here to help protect your home from pest invasion. Call today for a free estimate, and a happier, safer home!

Five Simple Spider Prevention Tips

1. You won't need to rid your house of pests if you prevent them from entering in the first place. Follow these easy steps to make sure your home is well-protected against pesky pests.

2. Inspect the exterior of your home for potential points of entry. Take care to seal any access points or holes to the home with a silicone-based caulk. Make sure to check areas around utility pipes. 

3. Clear excess debris from the yard, and store any wood at least 20 feet from the home, and five feet off the ground. Inspect wood carefully before bringing it indoors.

4. Protect any seldom-used garments or shoes by keeping them sealed in tightly sealed plastic bags, and shaking them out before wearing them, especially those kept in under-utilized or dark areas of the home. Clothes and shoes should not be kept on the floor.

5. To avoid attracting pests that spiders may feed on, it is generally good practice to keep a low-debris yard with frequently trimmed trees, properly store food and trash, and keep basements, attics, and garages well-ventilated and dry.

Control of brown recluse spider populations in the home should be left to licensed professionals.

Denver, White Knight Pest Control Will Help In No Time!

If you're experiencing any pest infestations in Denver, contact White Knight Pest Control before the problem gets worse. Our service technicians will inspect your home, resolve any existing concerns in no time, and help you prevent future infestations. With over 40,000 homes serviced, White Knight Pest Control puts your home in the experts' hands.