There are no Brown Recluse Spiders in Southern California.
Contrary to all of the recent hysteria around Brown Recluse Spiders and the danger Brown Recluse Spiders pose to humans, people in Southern California do not need to worry about the Brown Recluse Spider. Brown Recluse Spiders simply do not live in Southern California (Palm Springs, Coachella Valley, San Diego, Orange County, Riverside, San Marcos).
We do, however, have Desert Recluse Spiders in Southern California. Bites from Desert Recluse Spiders are usually not life threatening. However, the Desert Recluse Spider does eat away at tissue, so you will need immediate medical attention to prevent the loss of tissue. The Desert Recluse Spider is generally a little larger than a penny.
Southern Californian’s don’t have to worry about the infamous Brown Recluse Spider. However, in Southern California we also have Brown and Black Widow Spiders. Brown and Black Widow Spiders are, in fact, life threatening, especially to a young child or elderly adult. If bitten by a Brown or Black Widow Spider, you should go to the emergency room immediately for treatment. Both the Black and Brown Widows can be identified by the distinct red markings on their backs as shown below. Including the leg span of the Brown and Black Widow, they are generally the size of a quarter to half dollar.
Black Widow Spider
Brown Widow Spider
How do you protect your family from the Desert Recluse, Brown Widow or Black Widow if you live in Southern California?
Remove debris like yard trimmings, trash, and wood piles away from the home (they love wood piles!).
All spiders, including Brown and Black Widows and the Desert Recluse, are fond of spaces like covered barbecues, covered patio furniture, and the inside of garden shoes that are often stored outside or in a garage.
It makes sense to show extra care when uncovering patio furniture or turning on the gas to the barbecue to make sure you’re not also grabbing at a Brown or Black Widow or a Desert Recluse Spider. And if you store any shoes outside the house, make sure that you shake them before slipping into them.
There are professional treatments that can help, but never forget that perhaps the best way to rid yourself of a particular spider is a swift whack with the bottom of a shoe. And don’t worry if you miss the first time. They won’t chase you. We promise.
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