Your house could be attracting brown recluse spiders

Rebecca Crockett
July 18, 2019 - 4:00 am

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Kansas City, MO - From March through October, brown recluse spiders are on the move. It's normal to see these native venomous spiders inside, but depending on your roof, you could see more than others. Ben Simmons, a wildlife damage control tech with Catch-It, Wildlife and Pest Control says he often sees high infestations in homes with shake shingles. 

"I have been up in an attic before where you go up in there and everything is basically moving. You shine a flashlight around and there's movement everywhere from hundreds of thousands of brown recluses," explains Simmons.  

He says just one bite of these tiny venomous creatures could be fatal. "Some people don't notice it much, some people notice it like a bee sting, and some people have the necrotic reaction where in severe cases, it can become life threatening."

If you're asking whether or not you have a problem, Simmons says to place glue boards around your house. If in two weeks they're covered, it's time to make a call. 

 Simmons says you can replace your roof with composite shingles, but if that's not in the budget, you can also try a spray treatment or fogging.

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