The brown recluse spider, or fiddleback spider is a common spider found here in Oklahoma and other parts of the midwest. It is one of two spiders found here whose bite is poisonous to humans. So the question that we pose today, is… Do brown recluse make webs? The answer is yes, but not to catch prey. These spiders are mobile hunters and use their web as a retreat or home.
You’ll find that the webbing that they use is much like the webbing of any other spider. Do brown recluse make webs? Yes and its webbing is white and created by the spider’s spinneret, the organ used to create webbing. But the construction of these webs are much more loose and irregular. The “homes” built by these webs are predominately used to house the spiders eggs. The female will stay in the web most of the time, and the males will go out, looking for other insects to feed on and bring back to the female.
Brown recluse spiders are excellent hiders. These spiders are not aggressive. But if they are hidden, and you disturb them, they will bite as a defense. This is why, if you believe that you may have an infestation, that you should shake out clothing and shoes before putting them on. And a good exterminator, such as TermMax Pest Control, can help you rid your home of these pests.
If you do get bitten, do brown recluse bites hurt? Not initially. Most people can’t feel the bite as it is happening. It’s not until 3 to 8 hours later that the bite will become red and swollen. For many people, the bite will heal in about 3 weeks with no need for medical help. But some people will develop a necrotic legion, or spot where the tissue dies. This will take months to heal and will probably leave a scar. Infrequently, bites in the early stages produce systemic reactions accompanied by fever, chills, dizziness, rash or vomiting. Severe reactions to the venom are more common in children, the elderly, and patients in poor health.
If you believe that you have been bitten by a brown recluse spider, apply ice to the bite and seek medical help immediately. If you can, bring the spider with you for identification.