Spiders are arthropods with eight legs and fangs that they use to inject venomous substances. The brown recluse spider is one of those venomous spiders that can cause ill health in both adults and children.
Many people don’t know what the brown recluse spider looks like. But even if you don’t, you should be interested in finding out because of the danger it poses. It is great to know what these creatures look like to err on the side of caution, particularly if you live in an area where brown recluse spiders are common.
So, let’s answer the question.
What does a baby brown recluse spider look like?
The baby brown recluse spider is tan to brown with its tan less than the mature recluse spider. The spider has six eyes and a small body. The eyes are one of the best ways to identify a brown recluse spider.
Additionally, this creature doesn’t have the violin-shaped marking that many adult recluse spiders are known for, but the markings may appear as they grow older.
What Is A Brown Recluse Spider?
A Brown Recluse Spider is one of the three spiders with venoms that are significant in Medicine. The brown recluse (Loxosceles reclusa), formerly belonged to the family “Loxoscelidae” but is currently categorized with the Sicariidae family.
The necrotic venom is one of the significant differences between the brown recluse spider and the other spiders with medically potent venoms (Black widow and Chilean recluse spider).
How Dangerous Is The Bite Of A Baby Brown Recluse Spider?
A bite from a baby brown recluse spider can come with a mild to severe reaction. The people who have severe reactions to the venom are immune-compromised individuals, children, and older people.
One thing people find dangerous about the brown recluse spider is that there is no specific way to know that your reactions are from brown recluse spider venom. There are no tests to know that a spider bite has brown recluse venom in it. It is easy to mistake a bite from this spider as a minor injury or bump.
These bites are rare, but rarity doesn’t take away danger. The spiders are not constantly on attack mode. You can live with them and they won’t bite you. But if, for example, one is hiding in your bed covering and you roll over it, it can attack.
Where Can You Find Baby Brown Recluse Spiders?
Brown recluse spiders aren’t present in every region. There are specific regions where they can thrive and multiply. It is almost impossible to find them in any part that isn’t their usual breeding and thriving region.
They are commonly found in the Central and South US. In states like Missouri, Alabama, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Ohio, Texas, Indiana, Louisiana, Iowa, and certain parts of Georgia.
In any of the places mentioned above, you can find the brown recluse spider indoors or outdoors. As the “recluse” in its name implies, they like being apart. These spiders don’t like disturbances of any sort. So, they always choose isolation. The more disorder a place has, the less likely they are to stay there.
Outside, you would find them in dark places; rocks, wood, trash, etc. Indoors, you would find them in basements, attics, cabinets, etc.
They also hide in items we tend to move around, like bags, clothes, boxes, etc. These spiders can remain in a place for a long time without coming out and still survive.
They can go long periods without food and adapt to dry and hot environments; Spending the day hiding and making webs. They leave their webs only at night to hunt.
Symptoms Of A Baby Brown Recluse Spider Bite
The bite from a baby brown recluse spider is often painless. The symptoms may include redness, tenderness, and swelling of the affected area. In most cases, symptoms appear immediately after the bite, and it remains in a particular part of the body. It doesn’t spread. The symptoms can disappear on their own without serious treatments or complications.
In severe cases, the bites can cause lesions to develop. These lesions may look dry with irregular red edges and appear pale in the middle. After a few days to weeks, the bite widens and may become a necrotic ulcer, leaving scars that may be difficult to clear out.
There are occasions when the bites may come with fevers, nausea, chills, or drowsiness. However, these occasions are rare.
How To Treat A Baby Brown Recluse Spider Bite
Probably because of how rare the brown recluse spider bites are, there is no antivenin sold commercially. So, if a baby brown recluse spider bites you, you might want to call poison control or 911. NIH suggests that you do any of these two or go directly to an emergency room.
Also, the NIH advises that before you go to an emergency room, if you can; wash the part of your skin where the spider bit you with soap and water. Then place an icepack wrapped in a cloth on the affected area for 10 minutes. Remove the washcloth after the first ten minutes; let the affected part breathe for another 10 minutes. Then repeat the process.
Ways To Find Out If Your Bite Is From A Brown Recluse Spider
If you have a spider bite and think it might be from a brown recluse spider, you might be right or wrong. Here are a few questions to help you know for sure:
Do they live in your area? : The recluse in their name isn’t purposeless. It is to define how they like to live. These spiders are difficult to find in the regions that they live in (Central and South of the United States)
If you live in any of these areas where they live, then you could have been bitten by a brown recluse spider. But if you don’t live in any of these areas, you were most likely not bitten by a brown recluse spider. You should check if the bite is from any other recluse spider or any other spider at all.
There is also a chance that the bite may not be from the brown recluse spider even when you live in an area with them because they shy away from humans as much as possible. They stay in dark places where they can adequately hide.
In truth, if there is one brown recluse spider in your house, there are most likely well over a dozen others there too. However, even with this, you might still not get bitten.
Are its legs slanted?: “Loxosceles” means slanted legs. So, if you have a chance to see the spider that bit you, look at their legs. The brown recluse spider has slanted legs. Its body rests low, and its legs are set in a way that makes it higher than its body. The angling and slanting of its leg are where the scientific name of this recluse spider originates.
Also, the legs of the brown recluse spider are smooth, which is unlike most spiders. It is also spineless and has a combination of colors.
So, the legs of a recluse spider are firm, multicolored, and spineless. If it has spines, patterns, or a single color, it is not a brown recluse spider.
Does it have three pairs of eyes? Let’s say you live in one of the areas where brown recluse spiders reside, and you have confirmed that the legs are slant and angled with a body that rests low. Then you have to look for other features, like its eyes.
These spiders have three pairs of eyes, and they are on the head and the sides of the brown recluse spiders. Its eye arrangement is unique. Unlike other spiders with eight or six (arranged in groups of threes) eyes, their eyes are in twos.
You can’t determine if the spider you’re looking at is a brown recluse by its eyes alone. But it is not a brown recluse spider if it doesn’t have the eye arrangement mentioned above.
What is the size of the spider: Let’s assume all the other features check out; the size of the spider is another determining factor. The body of the brown recluse spider should be about ⅜ inches or less. This measurement doesn’t include the legs.
The entire body of the spider should be about the same size as a quarter. If the spider is more than ⅜ inches without the legs or more extensive than a quarter, it is not a brown recluse spider.
Does it have a violin-shaped marking?: This marking is what most people look out for in a brown recluse spider. But it may or may not determine if the spider you’re looking at is a brown recluse spider. For this reason, you must look out for all the other features first.
Not all brown recluse spiders have the markings, especially the baby recluse spiders. Then in some cases, you might not be able to see the markings, and in other cases, you might see the markings, but it may not be on a brown recluse spider.
The brown recluse spider isn’t the only spider with these markings.
The best way to know if the spider you’re looking at is a brown recluse spider is by looking at the spider’s eyes. The spider has many unique features, but one of its most striking features is its three pairs of eyes arranged in groups of twos. Also, you might consider seeking the help of an expert.