When Are Brown Recluse Spiders In Season Around Tulsa?
June 19, 2019
The brown recluse spider is one kind of venomous spider found in Tulsa. Because the brown recluse can live for up to five years, according to Oklahoma State University, it’s fair to say they are always in season around Tulsa.
However, they may be most active in the summer months. That’s because these spiders mate in the spring and lay eggs primarily from May through August. Once their eggs hatch, there are baby spiders as well as adult spiders creeping around.
You may also see more spiders in the summer because they feed on insects such as crickets, which are more plentiful in summer months.
Brown recluse spiders got their name because they are reclusive, living in dark, secluded places where you may not notice them. They are also nocturnal, so they move around at night when people are most likely to be sleeping.
Brown Recluse Bites
Generally, brown recluse spiders avoid people, but if they feel threatened, perhaps because a person has gotten to close, they will lash out and bite.
Sometimes people don’t even realize they’ve been bitten because, initially, the bite doesn’t cause pain. However, within about an hour, the spot develops a burning sensation and, within the next 12 hours, a blister or pimple usually forms over the bite and the area around it turns darker and appears to be raised.
The venom of a brown recluse can cause serious damage to the tissue around the bite area, and it can take up to two months for the bite to heal. In rare cases, the bite leaves a scar that must be surgically repaired, and occasionally the bite can cause damage to the liver or kidney. That’s why it’s important to contact your doctor if you think you’ve been bitten by a brown recluse spider.
Keeping Spiders Out
Obviously, you don’t want these spiders taking up residence in your home. The best way to keep spiders from invading your home is to seal up areas where they could enter your house from outside. That includes filling in gaps in the exterior of your house, such as gaps in the seals around your windows, areas where plumbing and other utilities enter the home, and cracks in its foundation. Replacing weather stripping and door sweeps can also eliminate spaces where a spider could sneak in.
Spiders can also hitch a ride into your home on items like boxes that have been stored in a storage unit or shed. They may also enter your house when you carry in firewood. Before bringing anything in from outdoors, check for the presence of insects.
The best way to ensure that spiders don’t enter your home is to create a chemical barrier of pest control product around your home. Montgomery Exterminating is a licensed company that understands which products to use and how to use them so that the products acts on insects you don’t want in your home without affecting the health of your family and pets.
Call Montgomery Exterminating to schedule a free inspection. Our trained professional service technicians will explain our services and help you to determine the right treatment for your situation.