Brown Recluse Spiders

How to identify and remove brown recluse spiders.

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Brown Recluse Spider
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Do They Carry Disease?
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Signs to Look For

The spiders themselves.

Where are they noticed?

While not native to Washington State, it’s (barely) possible one may have hitched a ride in a moving van. You’ll find them in and around structures, especially hiding in, under and around debris in dry, dark areas.

If Untreated…

Populations can become numerous and the possibility of being bitten increases.


Brown recluse spiders are not known to inhabit western Washington. While it is possible to see a Brown Recluse here it is very unlikely.


To feed and mate, living its normal lifestyle, while avoiding contact with predators, humans and pets.

More Information

The Brown Recluse Spider as roughly 1/2 inch long is typically found outdoors or in dark, secluded areas indoors. Most typically you’ll find the Recluse under rocks, yard debris and leaf piles, among fallen trees and woodpiles, and inside in closets and attic areas, or bedrooms (usually under beds or dressers), near the floor. The Recluse’s appears ranges from yellow to brown, with a darker brown, violin shaped mark on its dorsal area. The Brown Recluse can live up to two years, feeds on insects such as cockroaches and crickets, and its mating season ranges from February to October. The Recluse will lay from 40-50 eggs, wrapping them in an off-white, silken casing. While the Recluse is a convenient house guest, eating other pests, care should be taken if you’re attempting to handle them – they will bite if you disturb them, sometimes leaving a scar.

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Pest control can be effective in helping get rid of spiders. And it’s important to seek professional help to do so since there are at least 34 unique species of spiders found in Washington. Some are venomous, while others are harmless. Pest control professionals can identify the kind of spiders you have and treat them accordingly … and safely. Whether it’s Hobo SpidersOrb Web Spiders, or the more dangerous Brown Recluse Spiders, professional pest control treatments can keep spiders under control and prevent dangerous infestations that can put you and your family at risk.

Sometimes you see more bugs after pest control treatments. And you may question if the treatment is actually working because of this. Don’t worry. The extra activity actually is a sign that the treatment IS working. Not all pest control methods kill bugs on contact. But once the bugs have been disrupted by the treatment, they will become more active while they try to find a safer place. Once they either move out or die, you’ll stop seeing them. If you continue to see more live bugs once you’ve started treatment, be sure to notify your pest control company because something may have been missed or just not be quite right. Technicians are human, after all, and if there’s a problem, we want to fix it for you. At least, that’s our policy here at Classic Pest Control! We take care of problems, and we do it quickly.

The determination of how often you should do pest control in your home also depends on the treatment methods you’re using and the severity of your pest infestation. You may need treatments more often as you’re initially treating the problem. You may need pest control visits less often if your treatment methods are longer lasting. The goal is that your home is always protected. Your pest control provider can help you create a treatment schedule to keep your home and family safe from pests based on all of the particulars of your situation. Here at Classic Pest Control, our philosophy is that we’re a service-based business, not a sales-based business. That means we work with you to provide what you need, not what we want you to buy. We believe you deserve that respect. So how often you should do pest control in your home, is not a one-size-fits-all answer. It’s unique and specific to you.


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Yes, there are pest control methods that will get rid of ants. First, you must determine what kind of ants you have. Because the type determines the treatment. For some, like pavement ants, the right over the counter product, placed in the correct location, can remedy the problem. But for others, like carpenter ants and moisture ants, do it yourself treatments are not recommended. For this reason, it’s best to get a professional identification and recommendation. While most ants do not carry disease, some species can cause significant structural damage. So it’s best to deal with them sooner rather than later.

Pest control can help get rid of cockroaches. In fact, complete removal of these persistent pests takes time and special knowledge that most homeowners simply don’t have. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies cockroach control as perhaps a homeowner’s most difficult task. The CDC also identifies cockroaches as an allergen source and an asthma trigger for residents. There are four parts to an integrated pest management strategy to get rid of these pests: prevention, sanitation, trapping, and chemical control. Getting help from pest control professionals like Classic Pest Control to get rid of cockroaches is the surest way to protect you and your family.

Pest control can help get rid of fleas, but it takes more than simply applying insecticide. To get rid of fleas, you must simultaneously treat all your pets and their environments, both inside and outside of your home. Before treating with insecticides, it’s important to thoroughly clean pet bedding, carpets, upholstery, pillows, etc. as well as bathe your pets using flea shampoo and then apply flea treatments to them. It’s best to get professional guidance, because multiple applications may be needed, especially in areas of high infestation.

Bed bugs — as warned about in the children’s rhyme “Good night. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite” — do, in fact, bite. Bed bugs feed on blood, and while they are not known to spread disease, the bites can itch. And excessive scratching can lead to skin infection. Pest control can help get rid of bed bugs with treatment methods similar to those for fleas. Both cleaning and use of insecticides are important parts of the process.

Professional pest control will help get rid of bees ONLY IF they are NOT honey bees. As pollinators, honey bees are incredibly helpful to our ecosystem, and we are committed to protecting them. Invasive bumble bees … and their relatives in the wasp family … are a different story, and yes, pest control can help get rid of them. While bumble bees don’t carry disease, they are venomous and a sting can create an allergic reaction. They also can cause structural damage if the hive is attached to drywall inside an attic. Bumble bee removal is not something to attempt on your own. Please call experienced pest control professionals like us at Classic Pest Control for proper identification of the type of bee and for their removal.

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