Here is what to look for...
Light brown body with darker brown marking in the center
Legs are lighter and uniform in color
Lots of fine short hairs on the body
The body will be 1/2 inch or smaller
Their webs are loose, sticky, light gray and have no pattern.
They like to hide in small dark spaces where they will not be disturbed.
Signs of a bite...
Initially the bite is not painful. At 2-8 hours the area will become red, tender and swollen. If left untreated, it can form a growing ulcer that does not heal and is surrounded by purple skin discoloration and swelling.
Other symptoms can include: chills, fever, nausea, sweating, and itching.
Severity of symptoms differ from person to person with the worst cases often involving children or the elderly.
SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE BEEN BITTEN BY A BROWN RECLUSE.
Wash bite with soap and water.
Put an ice pack on the area for 10 minutes, remove for 10 minutes and repeat.
Best ways to avoid a bite...
Keep the home free of pests (not only should this eliminate any brown recluse but it will also remove the household insects they feed on)
Wear heavy work gloves when sorting through items that have been undisturbed for long periods of time (especially clothes, shoes, woodpiles, picture frames, and cardboard boxes)
UNFORTUNATELY WE LIVE INSIDE THE DISTRIBUTION AREA FOR THIS POISONOUS SPIDER. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW HOW TO ID THEM AND WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION.
IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE A BROWN RECLUSE INFESTATION IN YOUR HOME OR OFFICE, JUST GIVE US A CALL AND WE WILL SEND OUT A TECHNICIAN RIGHT AWAY.