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brown recluse spiders(question)

 
                            
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Am new to this site, and cannot read fast enough, I have a problem with brown recluse, cannot move a box in my work shop with out killing several of them, is there a natural way of getting rid of them or even cutting their amounts back, Thank You Jackee
 
Steven Baxter
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I think there is a thread around here about this. Paul said introduce more non-recluse spiders. There is a video somewhere.
 
                            
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Thanks Everyone, I drag everything else home, now I'll add spiders to my list
 
Sergio Santoro
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And if you get stung...

http://www.buyactivatedcharcoal.com/insect_bites
 
Jesse Matlock
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Do you have lots of cardboard? If so get rid of all of it, they love it. Its also hard to kill them with any pesticide as they carry their bodies above the ground. Even DE wouldn't be very effective unless you applied it directly to them.
 
Jeanine Gurley Jacildone
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If these are brown recluse spiders and you are bitten you may not know about it until later.  Often when they bite you cannot feel it - as opposed to a black widow bite which hurts like the devil.

My daughter and I were both bitten many years ago (about 20 years) and we both still have the scars to show for it.  If you have a bite that you cannot explain it would be wise to go the doc post haste and get some antibiotics.  Gangrene is common with brown recluse bites.  My daughter and I are both lucky that I was the one who started hallucinating - the emergency room folks told us that children usually have a harder time with it.

I'm not a big fan of running off to take antibiotics for anything - except this.
 
                                          
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Hello, I discovered by accident that if I left a bucket of water in floor overnight there would be a drowned spider each morning. Kept the bucket out till stopped seeing then moved to new part of house. Greatly reduced maybe even eliminated the recluse from home 100 percent chemical and cost free. Good luck.
 
Glenn Nall
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Can anyone please identify this spider definitively? Either a Wolf Spider or a Brown Recluse? He was wanting a shower with me until I turned on the water, at which point he changed his mind just a little too late.



Thanks so much for anyone's help!
Glenn
 
Christine Wilcox
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Wolf spiders can be effective predators of anything they can catch including my honeybees but there are other common spiders that seem to specialize in eating their arachnid kindred. I have issues with spiders and sharing space with them but when living years ago in a decrepit farm house on the Colorado front range infested with black widows and occasional brown recluse, I came to tolerate the Skytode genus or ‘spitting spiders’. I am not sure which species we had but we nicknamed them the “whirling dervish spider” for the habit of spinning wildly in the small webs they made when alarmed. Our population flourished from good habitat and tolerance but apparently others take this relationship to a more active level as the video shows. A few of the gang followed us up to the Great North, probably on furniture but the population gradually disappeared. The video also shows how they managed to subdue much larger spiders, which was always a mystery at the time we shared space with them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUCkxUpNcEc
 
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