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Along Came a Spider…How To Kill Brown Recluse Spiders

One of the alarming things homeowners can experience is the discovery that they are sharing their home with brown recluse spiders. Spiders in general are one of the most hated, and often feared, pests. Compound that with the potentially dangerous nature of a brown recluse bite, and you have a situation fraught with stress and concern for safety. It is an almost immediate reaction to wonder how to kill brown recluse spiders.

Spiders 101

In the Greater St. Louis area, there are three main species of spiders that dwell inside of structures. The first is the common house spider. This is a small spider, usually no larger than a nickel, light tan in color, with no markings.  The second spider is the wolf spider. While this spider, with its hairy and menacing physical appearance, looks harmful, in actuality it is harmless. Neither of these two types of spiders bite. The third species found in our area is the dreaded brown recluse spider, which is not uncommon to find in your home or business.

What’s So Bad About a Brown Recluse Spider?


Brown recluse spiders range from the size of a dime to the size of a dollar coin. They are light tan to gray in color, with thin, spindly legs. Their well-known identifier is the violin-shaped marking on the top of the head, which is why many people refer to it as a fiddleback spider. Many people fear the brown recluse, and the reason is the bite! The bite of a brown recluse injects the victim with a protein that affects different people in different ways. Some have no reaction at all. But for an unlucky person who does react, the bite can lead to necrosis, organ failure, and, in rare cases, death.

Signs of a Serious Infestation

Brown-recluse-spidersBrown recluse spiders, left unchecked, will eventually take over the structure they are inhabiting. The ways to know that the population in your home or business has reached infestation-level numbers are:

  • You begin to see them during the day.
  • You see large numbers of them at night.
  • You find poorly-defined (abstract) webs in the rafters of the basement with empty spider body casings.
  • You find them in closets among your clothing and folded linens.
  • You find them behind pictures on the wall.
  • You find six or more in two weeks’ time.

Why Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions Knows How to Kill Brown Recluse Spiders

Holper’s is widely known throughout the industry as brown recluse experts. Many companies come to Holper’s to learn how to effectively treat this potentially deadly pest. Your benefit in trusting Holper’s is our multi-phase treatment plan utilizing the newest formulations and technologies available to professionals. Call today for your FREE consultation to bring you peace of mind about what is co-dwelling in your home. Call Holper’s today at 314-732-1413 and a member of our Customer Care Team will be happy to schedule you.

You can trust Holper’s–we know how to kill brown recluse spiders. Let us give you your home back.


Spider Control: Signs You Need the Help of an Exterminator

Spiders. For some homeowners, the word itself inspires terror. Could spiders hide in your clothes and bite you when you slip them on? Could the bite be poisonous and require medical treatment? Could spiders in your home proliferate until the residence looks like a creepy set from the Hollywood film Arachnophobia? The answer to all of these questions is yes. That’s why it’s important to call a spider control specialist if you notice signs of a spider problem.

Signs of a Spider Problem

Most house spiders are relatively shy and don’t try to search you out. So, when it comes to determining whether you have a spider problem, you’ll need to keep an eye out for them. There could be several indicators that you need the help of a spider control specialist, but some of them — particularly the four listed below — tend to be present more frequently than others.

  1. Spiders Along Your Baseboards

Because spiders are discrete by nature, they often travel through homes using paths that make them tough to notice. One of the most common paths arachnids travel is along baseboards. If you notice a preponderance of live spiders or dead ones along your baseboards, it could indicate they have a nest in your home and are out foraging for food.

  1. Spider Webs in Multiple Corners

It’s common for spider webs to occasionally appear in the corners of a home, but if your home has active webs in multiple corners — and the webs keep reappearing after you knock them down — you may have a spider problem. A single female spider can birth hundreds of offspring in a short period of time, meaning all it can take is a single egg sac to kick off an infestation.

  1.   Spider Bites

spider-bitesSpider bites do occur, but they are a fairly uncommon occurrence.  Spiders are not aggressive, so when bites do happen it is sometimes because a person has picked up an item with a spider on it.  Many times people will wake up to find they have been bitten while sleeping. (However, if you are waking to find multiple bites, that would be a sign of other biting insects, such as fleas or bedbugs.)  A bite from a spider will be a single bite, not a group of bites.  In the Greater St. Louis region brown recluse spiders are prevalent.  The bite of a brown recluse spider is one that always warrants a visit to the doctor, as it is potentially dangerous, and it rare cases, fatal.

  1. Nests Found During Construction

Some spiders — particularly brown recluses — prefer to nest in out of the way places in the interior of a home, such as inside walls, under subfloors, and in ceilings. In some cases, the nests are discovered during residential construction that disturbs these areas. If construction workers find a spider nest, your next phone call should be to a spider control specialist.

Need Help With Spider Control?

If so, give us a call at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com, to set up a free inspection. We’ll determine what type of spiders are in your home, whether they infest the structure or are simply present in a few specific places, and propose a plan for eradicating the problem, including recommendations for securing your home’s exterior against spider entry.

Spiders in homes are a nuisance, but they can also be dangerous to homeowners and their pets, depending on the poisonousness of their bite. With summer just around the corner and an increase in insect activity on its way, now is the time to take care of a spider control problem before it intensifies. Contact us today to get started on controlling your residential spider problem.