Brown Recluse in my Home State?
One of the most common questions we receive are questions about whether the Brown Recluse Spider is found in a particular locale. Unlike other kinds of living things which are harmed by man's development and expansion, Brown Recluse spiders benefit from man's increased population and development because houses and other buildings are an ideal environment for the spider. Therefore, their population is only going to increase every year.
Due to the mobility of society and this spider's tendency to "recluse" themselves in boxes and shipping cartons, the spider can be found nearly anywhere. However, it is most commonly found in the states of Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Louisiana.
Brown Recluse spiders are most abundant in Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. One study showed that 70% of homes
in Missouri have the Brown Recluse spider.
One thing that is not commonly realized is that there are other Recluse species of spiders which are considered dangerous but are found in other states. Among them are the Desert Recluse and Arizona Recluse (both found in the southwestern United States). The Mediterranean Recluse is found in most states and Chilean Recluse spiders (the most dangerous of all) are sometimes found in large cities due to commerce and trade. Other spiders which can cause a necrotic wound are the Hobo spider (found in the the Pacific Northwest and Canada) and the Yellow Sac Spider (found in all 50 states). See http://www.brown-recluse.com/spiderinfo.html for a map.
Necrotic spider bite wounds from the Recluse and other species have occured in all 50 states. Our Brown Recluse First Aid Kit has a Lifetime Money Back Guarantee which will give you a full refund if you find it ineffective on any necrotic bite wound, regardless of the spider species. We are so confident, we'll even pay the shipping fees to return the kit. But in spite of the fact that 40% of those who purchase a kit report that they are suffering from a bite wound, in the last 4 years our return rate for ineffectiveness is only .001 !
Thomas J. Martincic
Brown Recluse Response Team