Where do brown recluse spiders live? It’s in the name! Brown recluse spiders are notorious for taking shelter in secluded areas. They prefer to be hidden in the dark than out in the open. Many times when people find brown recluse spiders, they are in rarely used areas. For example, people tend to find them within boxes they have in their homes. These boxes could be for a variety of things such as storage, holiday decorations, and excess junk. They are normally located in the attic of the home and are rarely touched, which is the perfect habitat for a brown recluse spider. Besides the attic, brown recluse spiders can be found in a variety of places throughout your home.

Common locations where Brown Recluse Spiders live include:

  • Crawl space
  • Boxes
  • Basement
  • Rarely used shoes or other clothing
  • Dark closets
  • Attics
  • Under furniture such as couches and beds
  • Wall voids


Strategies to use when in your home to avoid getting bitten

  • When putting on shoes or clothes that aren’t worn often, take the time to shake them out. This will help to avoid getting accidentally bitten by one that has found shelter in your clothing.
  • Before climbing into bed make sure to check the sheets before lying down. This is a great spot for brown recluse spiders because it’s secluded and provides little to no light.
  • Stay up to date on the best methods to prevent spiders.



What areas to be cautious around outside of your home

Brown recluse spiders tend to choose areas that are low in moisture and provide little to no light. To add, they also prefer to make their webs in areas that are hidden as well. This means they don’t primarily make their webs in high trafficked areas. So, where do they live outside?

  • Under Houses
  • Firewood stacks
  • Under piled bricks
  • Backyard sheds
  • Hollow Logs
  • Under stones


Strategies to use to help limit the brown recluse population on your property

One of the worst things that could happen to your summer is getting bitten by a venomous spider. Follow these tips to minimize exposure to brown recluse spiders.

  • Removing senseless junk in the yard. This would include any project vehicles, unused furniture, unused tools or other equipment in the yard. These areas are great habitats for brown recluse spiders because they are low in moisture and provide seclusion.
  • Moving your stack of firewood away from the house helps to limit the amount of brown recluse spiders that can find a way into your home. It is best recommended to store your firewood in a high location off the ground. Wrapping the firewood in plastic wrap also helps to stop insects from creating habitats within them.
  • Staying current with the yard work is important when limiting the amount of brown recluse spiders. This includes trimming any over growing trees or shrubs on the property. Having overgrown plants provides easy access for them to get into the residence. Having an unkempt yard may also put any family pets in danger of getting bitten as well.


Therefore, the best way to know if you have an infestation of brown recluse spiders is to have a professional check it out. Call U.S. Pest today at 615-822-8500 or contact us to get a free quote!


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