Brown widow spiders are usually harmless to home and people as they try to avoid human activity.

CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Females are approximately 1 to 1.5 inches in length, while males range from ¼ to ½ inch in length
  • They can be tan to dark brown in color, but also gray and even almost black
  • Orange to yellowish, prominent, hourglass figure on its abdomen
  • Black marks at the top end of the 3 diagonal abdominal stripes are large and square-shaped
  • Venomous, but injects less venom into their prey so they are not dangerous to humans

PREVENTION OF BROWN WIDOW SPIDERS:

  • Reduce clutter
  • Regularly vacuum or sweep corners of rooms, storage areas, basements, windows, and other seldom-used areas to remove spiders and their webs
  • Use closed or zip-lock bags and boxes when storing items in basements or garages
  • Make sure windows and doors are tightly closed
  • Fix any cracks, crevices or holes that may allow spiders to enter
  • Outside the home, potential hiding places such as building materials, firewood, and other debris lying on the ground should be moved away from the building or disposed of

TREATMENT OF BROWN WIDOW BITES:

  • Brown widow bites are not as severe as black widow bites
  • Clean the bitten area with soap and water
  • Apply an ice pack to the affected area to numb the pain and swelling
  • If there are any severe symptoms besides slight pain, itching, swelling, and redness that persists, contact your doctor

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