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Increased Brown Recluse Activity
In Middle Tennessee!
Recently, Nashville local news station New Channel 5 ran a story on brown recluse spiders, stating there are more people suffering from spider bites in Middle Tennessee.
While interviewing David Cook with the UT Extension Office in Davidson County, a colleague spotted a spider on her desk which turned out to be a brown recluse.
"They are not aggressive, but will they bite? Yes," said David Cook during his interview with News Channel 5.
Also interviewed was Dr. Donna Seger, the head of the Vanderbilt Poison Center."We have seen a number of spider bites recently," She said most spider bites are not serious, but they can be with a child. "There is a much greater risk with children because they can get a systemic reaction, high fever, rash and they can develop significant need for blood transfusions." said Seger.
And although rare, it can be deadly. A brown recluse bite unexpectedly claimed the life of 3-year-old Kaylee Davis last fall in Macon County.
Most people come in contact with the brown recluse on clothing because they hide in closets, towels, or any dark space.
"You put a shirt on and the spider is in the sleeve and that's where a lot of people are bitten, or a spider crawls in your bed," said Cook. He added that most people do have brown recluse in their home. When one homeowner found one, he put out sticky paper and found 130 more.
A brown recluse can be identified by the violin shape on their back, dark brown hair and their second legs are typically longer than their first.
Due to the recent surge in brown recluse activity, Ace Exterminating is offering free monitoring boards and free inspections. Just give us a call at 615-876-7185 and we'll either schedule someone out for a free inspection and bring you monitoring boards, or we will mail you free monitoring boards along with instructions to your home.