These spiders are about ⅓ to ½ in. long and 1 inch with their legs. They are brown colored with a dark brown violin or bottle shape on the front section of their back.
Interesting Brown Recluse Spider Facts
– Inside homes they create simple off-white or grey webs that don’t seem to have any distinguishable patterns in the webbing. Outside they create funnel webs that lead into the ground.
– When inside, they are most often found in closets, bedrooms, garages, basements, cellars, and ductwork. They do best in places with lots of clutter or miscellaneous items like closets and outbuildings.
– They are not aggressive and will usually run and hide when disturbed, but will bite if trapped between folds of clothing or crushed (Such as if on rolls onto it in their sleep).
– These and other funnel web spiders are very fast (up to 3 ⅓ ft per second) but poor climbers.
Problems Caused by Brown Recluse Spiders
Brown recluse spider bites are a very serious matter. The initial bite is less painful than a bee sting, but after 8-12 hours it will become intensely painful. After a few days it will form a large ulcerous sore and then heal very slowly leaving an ugly, disfiguring scar. One should most definitely consult their physician if bitten.