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Spider Bite: Brown Recluse Spider Bite (cont.)

Brown Recluse Spider Bite Prevention

Reducing the possibility of an encounter with a brown recluse spider starts with eliminating known spider habitats.

  • Perform routine, thorough house cleaning.
  • Reduce clutter in garages, attics, and basements.
  • Move all firewood, building materials, and debris away from the home's foundation.
  • Install tight-fitting window screens and door sweeps.
  • Clean behind outside home shutters.
  • Consider installing yellow or sodium vapor light bulbs outside entrances because these lights are less attractive to insects and draw fewer spiders to the area.
  • Consider professional pest elimination.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2014

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