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Please be sure to read the product label of any insecticide you choose to use to get information on the personal protective safety gear you will need. In most situations, it is recommended that you wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt, closed toe shoes with socks, chemical resistant gloves, and goggles. In areas where ventilation is poor, a manufacturer may recommend you wear a mask or a respirator. We have put together two different safety kits that will make selecting the correct safety gear easier for you.

What Do Brown Recluse Spiders Look Like

By DoMyOwn staff

Physical Appearance

  • Light tan to brown in color
  • May grow to be between ¼" and ¾" long, with a diameter of 1" including its legs
  • Markings just behind the head appear in a "violin pattern", with the neck of the violin pointing to the rear of the spider
  • Has only 6 eyes, while most spiders have 8

Behavior & Habitat

The brown recluse is native to and found throughout the United States. Brown Recluse Spiders build irregular webs (no apparent pattern) in dry, dark, undisturbed places such as woodpiles, sheds, closets, or garages. Unlike most spiders that stay near the web, the Brown Recluse leaves its web at night to hunt. This spider is not naturally aggressive and usually only bites when it is threatened or pressed against human skin (such as when it is tangled up in clothing or bedding)

Feeding Habits

Brown Recluse spiders prefer a diet consisting of pests such as cockroaches and other small insects. Feeding most often occurs at night.

Life Cycle

The Brown Recluse egg sac is off-white in color, about 1/3" in diameter, and generally contains about 50 eggs per sac. Females produce about 5 sacs in a lifetime. Tiny baby spiders increase in size gradually, molting five to eight times before reaching adulthood.  The average lifespan is 2 to 4 years, with maturation spanning the first year.


While actual brown recluse bites are rare, the venom can cause serious side effects and infestations should be taken seriously. If you think you have been bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider or a spider of any kind, you should always contact your physician immediately.

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