There might be no pests that bother humans more than spiders. They are a big problem for many across Central Illinois. Rid-All pest control can eliminate your spider problem.

The biggest concern from the state of Illinois Department of Public Health has to do with the Brown Recluse Spider which has moved into Illinois over the last couple of decades. Below is a excerpt from the Public Health Department website talking about the Brown Recluse…


The brown recluse is a small-bodied, medium-sized spider whose outstretched legs span little more than the diameter of a quarter. It is almost uniformly brown and without banded legs or other prominent markings – except for the dark violin-shaped mark on its cephalothorax, just behind its eyes. Unlike most spiders, the brown recluse has six eyes arranged in three pairs, instead of the usual eight. 

Brown Recluse Spider

Brown recluse are hunting spiders that wander at night in search of prey. Females make retreats in which they hide and ambush prey. A retreat consists of a mat of silk spun in a hidden location such as in a wall void or behind a picture frame. The brown recluse seems to prefer to rest on wood and paper surfaces.

Because brown recluse spend much of the day hiding inside furniture, boxes and stored goods, they are easily transported with these items. This and other characteristics allow them to establish themselves in new locations. They are long lived, can survive for many months without feeding, and females need mate only once to produce offspring throughout their lives. So it takes only one, mated female to start an infestation. Once established, they are difficult to control.

Yet even in heavily infested structures, brown recluse are indeed reclusive, not aggressive, and bites rarely occur. Nevertheless, physicians often misdiagnose many unrelated injuries as “brown recluse bites.” When they do occur, bites are rarely as serious as they have been portrayed. Some bites produce only localized redness and swelling. Severe necrosis probably occurs in less than 10 percent of cases, and may result more from bacterial infection of the wound rather than reaction to the spider’s venom. Click here for more information on brown recluse spiders.

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