BROWN RECLUSE SPIDER

Brown Recluse spiders prefer to live in remote corners of houses, basements, attics, garages and also favors biodegradable debris, wood piles and abandoned structures. They are not dangerous to human beings but their bite could need medical treatment. Female Spiders are larger than the males and they prey on ants, mosquitoes and flies.
Another unmistakable characteristic that the Loxosceles have only six eyes which are arranged in a recurved row of three pairs.

QUICK FACTS

Common name Brown Recluse Spider
Scientific name Loxosceles Reclusa
Weight Approximate 2 to 5 grms
Length Approximate 9 to 10
Color Brown
Mating Season Summer
Number of eggs Approximate 50 to 300
Habitat Debris, wood piles, baseboards and window moldings.
Lifespan 2 to 4 years

LIFE CYCLE

Egg:The female brown recluses generate one to five egg sacs which can contain up to 50 to 300 eggs. Eggs usually hatch in about a month’s time.Development from egg to adult is approximately a year.

Spider Lings: Young brown recluse spiders are slow to grow and may reach maturity within 10 to 12 months. Their development is influenced by factors such as food and weather conditions. However, brown recluse specimens are capable of surviving for extended periods without food or water.
The Brown Recluse Spider has a small, slender body, is yellowish-brown in colour and has a pretty distinct violin-like marking on its head.
Brown recluse spiders mature in about a year and have an average lifespan of 2 to 4 years.

Damage:The venom of the brown recluse spider contains poisonous chemicals that make people sick. It bites in defense. Bites are often painful and can produce an open ulcerating sore that requires medical treatment. Restlessness, fever and difficulty in sleeping are common symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite.