Brown Recluse Spiders Although Brown Recluse Spiders are not common, with the influx of new people in our area we feel we must address this situation. Brown Recluse Spiders are commonly found in the midwestern states and southward to the Gulf of Mexico. Although they are not native they can be transported to our area in mulch, plants and even storage items taken from the midwest and deep south.
There are 10 different types of recluse spiders that are native to the United States. There are a few that have been transported thru usual means that are not native.
Brown Recluse Spiders are about 1/4 of an inch long and have a fiddle shape body. They do not like to be disturbed therefore they will nest in areas such as behind refridgerators, attics and deep closets. Their webs look like thick spun cotton. They also "shed" their skin and leave it behind. When you find their shells it looks like white shells of spiders or dead spiders. If you find this in your home you should call a professional.
Now I spent many years living in an area where these spiders were common. So common that most everyone I knew had either been bitten or knew someone who had been bitten! I have seen plenty of them while living there. I have lived in coastal NC for nearly 20 years as of yet haven't seen one. Most people mistakenly call a wood spider a brown recluse.
Check out this video to see what a Brown Recluse looks like!