Brown Recluse Spiders
Brown recluse spiders have a characteristic dark brown violin
marking on their back.
||Light to dark brown, with characteristic dark brown violin marking on back
Brown recluse spiders are nocturnal and eat other bugs like
cockroaches and crickets. Male brown recluse spiders wander farther
than females and will crawl into shoes or other clothing.
Brown recluse spiders often live outdoors in debris and wood piles.
They can be found indoors in storage areas and dark recesses.
Like the black widow spider, the brown recluse spider bites in
defense and does not bite humans instinctively. They will bite
humans when the clothing they are hiding in is worn. The brown
recluse spider bite is painful and can produce an open, ulcerating
To avoid brown recluse spiders, avoid keeping clothing on the
floor. Store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers, and
shake out all clothing that has been in a hamper before wearing or