Where can you find brown recluse spiders?
Reported cases of brown recluse bites occur primarily in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. There have been many reports of brown recluse bites in California—though a few related species may be found there, none of these are known to bite humans.
The worst for us are brown recluse spiders and black widow spiders. Brown recluse spiders (Loxosceles reclusa) are rarely found in Pennsylvania. They come to us as unwilling hitchhikers in a box or on a plant. They cannot survive in temperatures below 40 degrees.
- The brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa) is rumored to be the one of the most poisonous house spiders in the United States. However, although the bite of a brown recluse in rare instances can prove damaging to tissue, a fatality from a brown recluse bite has never been verified.
- Venomous Snakes of Pennsylvania: As well as the non-venomous snakes you'll find in the state, there are only three venomous species and these are the Copperhead, Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake and Timber or Canebrake Rattlesnake, venomous snakes also common in states such as Virginia, Ohio and Illinois.
- Crab spiders inhabit gardens, meadows, woodlands, tropical rainforests, grasslands, marshes and scrublands. They can be found in all kind of habitats except in the extremely dry deserts and very cold mountains. All species of crab spiders are numerous in the wild.
Brown recluse spiders live in a region comprising Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska.
- Method 4 Natural Solutions
- Place sticky traps around the house. Lay out a sticky trap in any area you suspect wolf spiders to be lurking in, paying close attention to dark, hidden corners.
- Use an organic pesticide.
- Hunt wolf spiders down.
- Trap wolf spiders in a container.
- Kill the spider with a broom.
- Wash spiders away.
- The brown recluse spider, Loxosceles reclusa, is common outdoors and indoors in the southern and central United States. It is uncommon to extremely rare in the Upper Midwest. Only one specimen has been recorded in Minnesota (1953, Lake County). Only two specimens have been recorded in Wisconsin in the last 25 years.
- Presently, the known range of the brown recluse spider habitat (Loxosceles reclusa) extends from Nebraska to Ohio and across the south from Texas to Florida. It is native to the United States, unlike other pest spiders such as the brown widow or yellow sac spider.
Updated: 2nd October 2019