AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Spring cleaning is bad news for dust bunnies and mildew, but it could be bad news for YOU if you run into a Brown Recluse.
"Well, it's scary just because it's a spider for one thing," Entomologist Dr. Ed Bynum with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.
"It's a little bit more dangerous than a Black Widow," said Amarillo exterminator and owner of Bugs Burney Pest Control, Bruce Burney.
These creepy crawlers tend to be out and about during warmer months. Thankfully, they like to remain out of site -- hence the spider's name. You could find a Brown Recluse in your garage, your attic, the basement and even in your closet --But when they strike, it's dangerous and painful.
"If you are bitten by the Brown Recluse, then it causes the skin and the muscles to decay," said Doctor Bynum. "It can spread in an area and it might start out in a very small area and it spreads out even further and further and it's very difficult to stop that form decaying."
Fatalities from a brown recluse are extremely rare, but it's important to get to a doctor as fast as you can for faster treating medication.
Burney says the Brown Recluse is very hard to control -- store bought bug spray just won't do the trick and instead of battling one of these yourself, he recommends calling an exterminator.
"A lot of times you'll want to set smoke bombs in the attic so when you do that you need to make sure you have a mask on and all the protective clothing to make sure you don't get exposed to the product so that's the reason you call a professional to do that, " said Burney.
Burney also says the population of Brown Recluse spiders in the Panhandle will be worse this year due to recent moisture. But the best practice is to wear leather gloves if you plan on doing spring cleaning -- it's good protection from those nasty bites.
The key is to remember where you're reaching. Instead of just putting your hand in the corner of your basement or attic, use a broom in there first to avoid a bite from a Brown Recluse.
Now might also be a good time to place glue traps around your home.