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10 Preventative Measures To Avoid A Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Brown Recluse Spider

There’s no question that the Brown Recluse spider is on of the worst feared pests in Tulsa; unfortunately, these spiders are also some of the most common. Seeing one of these toxic spiders in your garage or shed is enough to make you lose it, but if you find one in your Tulsa home… Heaven help you!

Despite their unpopularity amongst Tulsa homeowners, I do have some fortunate news for you. First, Brown Recluse spiders are very shy and timid pests that will only bite if unintentionally (or intentionally for that matter) disturbed or threatened. Second, there are a few preventative measures that you can take as a homeowner to decrease the unlikelihood of getting bit by one of these dangerous and deadly spiders.

Here are ten preventative measures to avoid a Brown Recluse spider bite:

*** Important*** if you believe you have been bitten by a Brown Recluse spider, seek medical attention as soon as possible!

10 Preventative Measures To Avoid A Brown Recluse Spider Bite

 

Inside The House

1. Keep rooms very well lit. This includes opening blinds and curtains, as well as the doors to your closets. Brown Recluse spiders love hiding out in un-lit areas.

2. Keep clothing and shoes that you don’t regularly wear in sealed storage boxes, or inside sealed plastic bags. Make sure lids are airtight, and that possible box entry points are taped.

3. Never leave you laundry, whether clean or dirty, on your bedroom floor. Many Brown Recluse bites occur when handling or wearing temporarily discarded clothing.

4. Give your clothes and shoes a good shake before putting them on. A Brown Recluse pressed up against your naked self will certainly end badly!

5. Do not let any part of your bed touch the floor. This may include eliminating bed skirts. You don’t want extra company in your bed tonight… At least not company that has eight legs!

6. Move beds away from the curtains and walls in your bedroom. Before crawling into bed at night, thoroughly inspect your bed and bedding. Many Brown recluse bites occur while crawling in bed, or while sleeping.

Outside The House

7. Firewood stacked up against your home is essentially a Brown Recluse resort. These spiders will move right in! Make sure firewood is stacked away from your home, and that the pile is up off the ground and properly covered.

8. Cracks, holes, and crevices, old weather-stripping, etc… Seal them up! These make for easy access into your home.

9. Any shrubbery that is near your home (closer than 18 inches) needs to be trimmed back or replanted. Brown Recluse spiders love lurking in these secluded areas because of the abundance of water and other insect meals.

10. Tree branches will act like an interstate for Brown Recluse spiders that want to come inside your home. Trim these branches so they don’t touch you home.

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If you are a Tulsa homeowner who is fearful of being bit by a Brown Recluse spider, take the above mention precautions. Additionally, it is in your best interest to contact a professional Brown Recluse Exterminator in Tulsa.

Bulwark Exterminating
2013 North Willow Avenue
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 252-3548
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
OK Wildlife Control
Tulsa, OK
(918) 739-4382
oklahomawildlifecontrol.com
 
Orkin
6550 East 40th Street
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 622-0800
orkin.com

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How To Spot A Brown Recluse Infographic

The Brown Recluse spider.

With each word, that line gets more and more terrifying.

The Brown Recluse spider is a staple to Tulsa, right along with Sooner football and fried catfish. Unfortunately, the Brown Recluse isn’t nearly as fun as screaming “boomer sooner” at the TV screen while you’re elbow deep into a bucket of fried catfish.

The Brown Recluse spider has earned its malicious reputation because of the nature of its bites. If you are ever bitten, chances are you won’t even know it until it’s too late. It takes about a week before you’ll experience pain from a Brown Recluse bite. About this time, the infected bite area will be red, with shades of grey and purple. As the wound progresses, the living tissue will begin to decay and die; a symptom known as necrosis. Yikes!

Well, its easy to establish how awful a Brown Recluse bite is, and we know we don’t want them in our homes. What we don’t all know is exactly how to spot one.

The following infographic, is a guide to understanding and spotting Brown Recluse spiders:

How To Spot A Brown Recluse Infographic

 

Infographic Brown Recluse Guide

Tulsa Brown Recluse Spider Control

I know it goes without saying, but nobody wants the misfortune of dealing with a Brown Recluse spider bite. Extreme spiders require extreme measures. That is why you need to solicit professional Tulsa Brown Recluse Spider Control if you are frequently seeing these dangerous spiders inside your home. Check the online reviews for pest control companies. These companies happen to be the best in town:

Bulwark Exterminating
2013 North Willow Avenue
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 252-3548
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
OK Wildlife Control
Tulsa, OK
(918) 739-4382
oklahomawildlifecontrol.com
 
Orkin
6550 East 40th Street
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 622-0800
orkin.com
 

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October 14, 2013 - 10:23 PM No Comments

Brown Recluse Infestation: Extreme Spiders Require Extreme Measures

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It has been well established that Tulsa, Oklahoma is a hotbed of Brown Recluse spiders. These dangerous spiders can infest Tulsa homes by the hundreds, and even the thousands. If you are bitten by one of these spiders, you will experience necrosis, or tissue death. The dangerous and extreme Brown Recluse spider requires extreme measures.

Homeowner Brown Recluse Measures

There are a few things Tulsa homeowners can do themselves to eliminate Brown Recluse spiders, and prevent them from entering their home again. First, eliminate all harborage that Brown Recluse spiders hide in. this includes, wood piles, debris, excessive shrubbery, and clutter. Second, seal up any cracks or voids that lead to the inside of your home. Vents and light fixtures affixed to your basement and attic are easy entry points for brown Recluse spiders. Third, vacuum up any webs, spiders, and egg sacs with a wet-vac that has extended tubes to reach high places. Keep the wet-vac full of bleach and water to kill any brown recluse spiders you may suck up. Last, de-clutter your garages, basements, and attics as spiders like these areas. Use storage containers with tight fitting lids, and tightly seal any boxes with packing tape.

After you have taken these measures, call a professional spider control exterminator in Tulsa, OK. Remember, extreme Brown Recluse spiders require extreme measures.

Professional Brown Recluse Measures

 

Direct Contact Treatments

Pesticides can be effectively used when applied directly to Brown Recluse spiders. This treatment method is best used when large numbers of the spiders are grouped together. The problem is that this isn’t always the case with Brown recluse spiders, so this technique needs to be used in conjunction with other spider control techniques.

Exterior Treatments

After a homeowner takes a few steps to control the Brown recluse infestation, like removing harborage and sealing cracks, then the exterior of the home needs to be treated with pesticides. A pesticide spray barrier needs to be applied around a property and home. Aerosol pesticide needs to be injected in voids behind a homes brick veneer. Any crack in the exterior of the home should be treated with a pesticide dust.

Crack and Void Treatments

The most critical step in controlling Brown Recluse spiders is the application of pesticides in cracks and voids. The reason being is that Brown Recluse spiders prefer these spaces. These spaces include all of the plates covering electrical outlets of a home, which need to be removed and filled with pesticide. All crevices and cracks need to be dusted with pesticide. Holes may need to be drilled in a home’s walls as to treat all of the voids. Special attention must be paid to basements and attics with the application of pesticide behind insulation as well.

Spot Treatments

Spot treatments inside a home must also be used in conjunction with the other Brown Recluse spider control methods for best results. Areas that these spiders like to crawl, like along baseboards and behind furniture, need to be treated with pesticide spray. Spray wherever Brown Recluse spiders frequent.

Tulsa Brown Recluse Exterminators

 

Bulwark Exterminating
2013 North Willow Avenue
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
(918) 252-3548
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
OK Wildlife Control
Tulsa, OK
(918) 739-4382
oklahomawildlifecontrol.com
 
Orkin
6550 East 40th Street
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 622-0800
orkin.com
 
 
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June 18, 2013 - 4:49 PM Comment (1)

How to Keep Spiders Out of Your Home

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Spiders are one of the most common household pests. They can easily thrive in your home, and if you don’t do anything to control their population, their number could easily get out of hand.

Some spiders are pretty harmless. If you get bitten by one, all you have to suffer from is an annoying itchy, red spot that typically resolves on its own. However, if your home is also home to deadly spiders, two of which are the brown recluse and the hobo spiders, then it’s important that you get rid of them quickly since they are pretty dangerous.

The Brown Recluse and Hobo Spiders

These spiders are very poisonous. Their venom could cause not only wound infection that heals slowly, but it can also trigger an allergic attack. The non-healing wound could grow bigger and deeper, and if it does heal, it could leave a sizable cratered scar. In addition to an unsightly scar, their venom could also cause damage to vital organs such as the kidneys. If left untreated, coma and even death could happen.

If you suspect that you’ve been bitten by a brown recluse spider or a hobo spider, it’s important that you go to the hospital immediately where you will be given proper medication. There’s no known anti-venom yet for brown recluse spider bites, but you’ll be given medications to help with the pain as well as arrest tissue necrosis or tissue death.

Tips for Getting Rid of Spiders

It’s quite easy to keep spiders out of your home. The first thing that you have to do is to keep your house clean and organized. Cluttered homes attract small insects like mosquitoes, flies, ants, etc., and these are the food source of spiders. If there is ample number of smaller insects in your home, it’s sure to attract spiders, too. So if you want to keep them out of your property, be sure that you keep these small insects out first.

You also have to see to it that you’re not providing spiders with hiding places. Spiders love to make old cardboard boxes their home, so if you have some at home, then dispose of them the right way by sending them to recycling plants. Instead of using cardboard boxes as storage space, use plastic ones instead. Plastic containers don’t attract pests like spiders, roaches, ants, etc. do.

If you have a garden, then make sure that it’s clean as well. It’s important that you trim the shrubberies and make sure that they’re not touching any part of your home, especially the windows and doors. It’s also just as important that you prune long tree branches and make sure they’re not touching your roof. Spiders could easily crawl over them and gain access into your home. In addition to this, you also need to get rid of piles of wood and dead leaves. Spiders are also using these as hiding places.

You can also set traps to catch spiders. You can purchase some at the store, but if you want to save some money, then you can simply make your own spider traps.

If spider infestation is too much for you to handle, then get in touch with your local pest control company.

 

Jennifer Daisley writes for several pest control blogs such as Interstate Pest Control. Spiders are nasty pests, so you have to get rid of them and prevent them from infesting your home.

 

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January 23, 2013 - 4:53 PM No Comments

Tulsa Facing Invasion of Black Widows

 The Infamous Black Widow Spider

That infamous red hour-glass … It’s an image etched in the minds of anybody who’s had an encounter with a Black Widow spider. Her long slender black legs and her glossy black abdomen give her a certain well respected aura… A respect she has earned with her menacing bites.

Just the sight of a Black Widow is enough to frighten any Tulsa, OK homeowner; especially if the homeowner has young children. Younger children are more vulnerable to her venomous bite. Tulsa residents know she is not to be messed with.

Black Widows Invading Tulsa, OK

Oklahoma Poison Control is now informing the State’s residents that there are more Black Widow spiders than normal this year. The mild weather has allowed the dangerous spider to thrive, and that means there numbers are up.

In the wake of 60 reported Black Widow spider bites this year, Oklahoma’s Poison Control Clinical Supervisor, Randy Badillo, says,

“The numbers, by all accounts, are dramatically increased right now. You may get bit.”

Black Widow Spider Eating Something

Black Widow Spider Bites

A Black Widow bite is rarely fatal. Bites are recognized by sharp, shooting pains up and down your body near the bite. Look for a raised bump surrounded by a red ring. The bump will have two fang marks, and begin to change colors to a black, blue, purple, yellow or brown. As time progresses, you may also experience severe muscle cramps or spasms, nausea, vomiting, seizure, and an increase in blood pressure.

If you are bitten by a Black Widow, remain calm. Try to safely capture the spider just in case medical professionals need to identify it. Wash the bite with warm water, soap, and clean it with an antiseptic. Elevate the bitten area to prevent the venom from spreading. Take a pain reliever and apply an ice pack to limit the swelling.

If you start to experience severe muscle cramps or spasms, nausea, vomiting, seizure, and an increase in blood pressure, SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY!

Black Widow Precautions

If you are seeing a Black Widow, you are already too close. Black Widows like to hide in dark places where they will not be disturbed by anything other than their favorite insect meal. They will build their webs underneath lawn furniture, on a seldom used tricycle, and under sprinkler control boxes.

Make sure that you shake out your shoes or boots if you ever leave them outside or in your garage. An unsuspecting foot is often times the victim of a Black Widow bite. Badillo also said:

“Before you get into your lawn chair, fold it open, bang it around. Make sure he’s not hanging around in your seat. We had a call like that recently.”

Experts also recommend pest control solutions if you are frequently seeing Black Widow spiders on your property.

Spider Control in Tulsa

Black Widow spider bites can be scary. They are painful, and can even cause death in very rare instances. Black Widows are also unsightly on your property. You do not want them in inside your homes, hiding in your garages, spinning webs in your basements, or hunting for insects in your tool shed. If you want to eliminate spiders, you need to get more than just general pest control, you need spider control! Ask a Tulsa spider control professional about keeping these pests away from you and your family.

For Tulsa Pest Control:

Bulwark Exterminating
507 S Main St # 201
Tulsa, OK 74103
(918) 582-2629
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

The Skunk Whisperer, Inc
9521 B Riverside Parkway #343
Tulsa, OK 74137
(918) 261-4444
totalwildlifecontrol.com

OK Wildlife Control
Tulsa, OK
(918) 739-4382
oklahomawildlifecontrol.com

Orkin
6550 East 40th Street
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 622-0800
orkin.com

 

 

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