Brown recluse spiders get their name because of their tendency to hide in corners. They are identified by the dark brown violin shaped markings on their back. Native to Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi, they are nocturnal pests.
Brown Recluse spiders eat other bugs like cockroaches and crickets.
Brown Recluse spiders live in cellars and in piles of wood or trash.
The brown recluse spider only bites to protect itself. Its bite is painful and can produce an open, ulcerating sore. The center of their bite becomes a blister surrounded by an angry-looking red ring, which is then surrounded by a white ring. A red, itchy rash usually appears in the first 24-48 hours of being bitten. Other symptoms include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting and muscle aches.
PREVENTING SPIDER BITES
Don't leave clothing on the floor.
Store clothes and shoes inside plastic containers and shake them out before wearing them.