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I just found another brown recluse spider, this one was running across my floor.... this is the 4th one I have found (the other 3 were dead) since I called the exterminator... this sucker was at least 2"across... he is HUGE!! I caught this one alive in a Kleenex and threw him in a zip lock bag.... I'm gonna watch him suffer! I swear to you when I cornered this spider he stood guard against me, hunching back and raising his front legs in the air with fangs out... attack mode.

How the heck do I get rid of these things completely!?! It scares me to death to even consider my son getting 'bit' by one of these.
 

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Are you sure it wasn't a Wolf spider?Some Wolf spiders look alot like Brown Recluse spiders.Since it was running across the floor,I kinda doubt it was a Brown Recluse as they tend to stay in dark places like shoes,under furniture,crawlspaces,etc.,,Can you post a pic of this rascal?
Usually in the fall Wolf spiders start coming indoors to escape the coming cool weather.They hunt on the ground(prowl) and I suspect that is what this one was doing.
I get these every fall.They can scurry pretty quickly and do make ya stop and check em out after killing them because they look so much like a Recluse.
 

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I've found that chlorine bleach sprayed from a spray bottle works pretty good on spiders. Spray it in all the cracks and crevices that you can find and pour a small amount in the basement drains if you have them.
 

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Oh, I'm absolutely positive its a recluse, I just stuck that sucker on a slide and checked it out close under the micro-scope... its the exact same as the others I found, and I sent the first one I found to Rick Vetter (Entomology) at the university of California... he emailed me back about 3 weeks ago with a positive ID. This evening I had all the lights out cuz I was thinking about sleep... (not anymore)... maybe that's why he was out and about..? .. also, he freaked out when I shined the flash light on him... he darted from the light.
 

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Originally posted by NickN
Some Wolf spiders look alot like Brown Recluse spiders.
Funny you should say this.....I seen a large spider at work today and yelled at 2 other guys "look at that brown reclose" and they said it was not, but a wolf spider.

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I think I got bit by one of these spider. I had this spider bite on my foot and it was like black. I was thinking about that picture from a few weeks ago on the brow recluse but the bite is almost gone nowi guess it wasnt one. And yesterday i found some brown 1" spider right where i sleep. He was really fast and i couldnt kill him. So hopefully it was a wolf spider
 

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Chuck,
If you know for sure it's a Brown Recluse then you've got to get a pest control service out there ASAP.They need to spray your entire home,especially under it if you have a crawl space.If you're seeing that many then you have a major infestation on your hands.My sister-in-law got bit by one when she was getting dressed one morning.Left a quarter size hole in her thigh.Not too deep,but a hole non the less.Their home was infested and had to have it sprayed a few times to get rid of them.They were all under the house.
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Yea, the first exterminator just sprayed all around the living space and laid down a bunch of 'traps' that don't work.... I called another exterminator right after I found this one tonight, I am going to have them soak the crawl space.. I just feel sorry for the guy that has to get under there!! (better his job than mine!)
 

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ive killed 12 recluses in my shop in the past 2 weeks. ive never had a problem with these, usually the occasional black widow. i fogged the shop heavily last night , ill see how it goes.DEATH TO THE FIDDLE BACK!!
 

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heres a pic of two i just went out and caught in my shop (after 2 foggers) they were alive at the time. i know this aint a real good pic, but you can make out the fiddles on top of the head. sorry for the pic quality.
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you guys are creepin me out. tomorrow morning after I take kids to daycare--I am gonna fog our house for bugs.:alien:
 

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wish i had a good digital camera today...was in the backyard of a prop today and felt something tickling my left leg...thought it was some clipings, little wind today...looked down and saw a massive spider...i mean massive...not sure the name of it but i have seen them all my life...it was approx 3.5-4.5 long from front to back, font legs to back legs...the body is black with a yellow star like design...i have often seen these spiders at night on a big web...if you approach them or poke at them w/ astick the spider will start making the web bounce back and forth real fast...to see one of these is impressive but to see one crawling on your leg gives me the pee jitters...does anyone know what kind of spider this is???
 

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As a former exterminator the best way to get rid of brown recluse spiders is using microencapsulated-time released insecticides after a good fogging of the entire structure. Residual insecticides don't work, quick knockdown ones are what you need, (pyretherins, permetherins). The anatomy of spiders with little suction cups on their feet wont break the surface of the residuals and they don't groom themselves the way roaches and other bugs do when they get in residuals. They do groom however and dust work well in non-living spaces. Spiders have to be gotten with a wet chemical for contact kills or dust, sticky traps do work to monitor the situation, and I have used them to greatly reduce populations where I couldn't fog a place but I used a whole bunch at a time and I do mean a bunch!!!

After that stat on a quarterly contract and it will keep them in check.

Remember, in the US there are 2 kinds of houses those who have brown recluse and those who are going to get brown recluse.

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Stevo22,

We have those down here too. I think what you are talking about are Zipper spiders. Does the web have what looks like a zipper in the middle of it? If so, that is what they are. Down here they are green and black and get huge. WE also have tarrantulas.

Not to worry. They are harmless, but scare the crap out of ya none the less. :eek:
 
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