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#1 of 6 Old 05-23-2014, 05:11 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We moved from Europe, to Topeka, KS. a month ago. That's why my English needs a lot of improvement.

The house we moved in was empty for more than a year and it seems it had some insect infestation in that time. We found dead cockroaches and spiders in the basement and in the bathrooms.

Before we moved we had a pest control service in the house and we thought we were bug free. We found spiders after we moved so we called the pest control guy again. He said there is nothing he can do, the spiders will eventually die and others would not enter from outside... He confirmed that one of the spiders we killed was a brown recluse.

In the last 2 1/2 weeks we spend here, we found more than 20 spiders (dead or alive), all brown recluse. They were various sizes so they are probably different generations.

We have an 8 years old daughter and I'm expecting a baby boy, any day now. I'm afraid for our safety and especially for the baby's health, if he gets bitten. I'm terrified to give birth and bring my baby home...bawling.gif

Any advise would be appreciated.

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Your English is fine! smile.gif Have you found where the spiders are living? Usually they find places where they won't be disturbed-closets, basements or attics, I've had them twice in electrical breaker boxes. They are pretty easy to get rid of once you find them, so have someone else (just in case because you're pregnant) go around with a flashlight. We get rid of ours with a shop vac.
Their bite is scary, but they won't bite unless they can't get away. Shake out your clothing and shoes before you put them on, just in case.
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I gave birth a week ago and in the first night home I found one in our bedroom, walking from under a drawer closet. Baby's car seat was on the floor a meter away...
We keep finding them more dead than alive, but this morning I saw one on the wall near the ceiling. My husband spray it and it seemed to be dead. I read a lot on the internet and thought they don't climb walls but it's the second one we see up the walls.
We don't feel safe in our bed (we co-sleep with the baby) and I'm scared to let my daughter alone in her room, at night.
I found a lot of threads about this spiders on Mothering, I'm gonna read all of them. Thanks!
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I gave birth a week ago and in the first night home I found one in our bedroom, walking from under a drawer closet. Baby's car seat was on the floor a meter away...
We keep finding them more dead than alive, but this morning I saw one on the wall near the ceiling. My husband spray it and it seemed to be dead. I read a lot on the internet and thought they don't climb walls but it's the second one we see up the walls.
We don't feel safe in our bed (we co-sleep with the baby) and I'm scared to let my daughter alone in her room, at night.
I found a lot of threads about this spiders on Mothering, I'm gonna read all of them. Thanks!
Congrats on your new baby. I am sorry you have to deal with recluse spiders. We have a pretty high brown recluse population here in Douglas County.

Some of what I have learned:

Brown spiders like moisture and they will not infest a house unless there is an adequate food supply, ie., you may have another insect they are hunting.

Also, they are scavengers and will eat dead insects (including their own) so do not spray unless you are using the proper integrated pest management protocols because you can make your problem worse.

http://archive.news.ku.edu/2003/03N/...v7/spider.html

Please also read:
http://www.pitch.com/kansascity/spid...nt?oid=2187860

If you call Brown Recluse Solutions they can assist you with resources on what and who can help in your area.


HTH and Take care
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<p>We moved from Europe, to Topeka, KS. a month ago. That's why my English needs a lot of improvement.</p>
<p>The house we moved in was empty for more than a year and it seems it had some insect infestation in that time. We found dead cockroaches and spiders in the basement and in the bathrooms.</p>
<p>Before we moved we had a pest control service in the house and we thought we were bug free. We found spiders after we moved so we called the pest control guy again. He said there is nothing he can do, the spiders will eventually die and others would not enter from outside... He confirmed that one of the spiders we killed was a brown recluse.</p>
<p>In the last 2 1/2 weeks we spend here, we found more than 20 spiders (dead or alive), all brown recluse. They were various sizes so they are probably different generations.</p>
<p>We have an 8 years old daughter and I'm expecting a baby boy, any day now. I'm afraid for our safety and especially for the baby's health, if he gets bitten. I'm terrified to give birth and bring my baby home...<img alt="bawling.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/bawling.gif"></p>
<p>Any advise would be appreciated.</p>
The use of glue boards is helpful in catching them. I put them under the head of the bed along the baseboard, in closets and also behind the toliet as they like the moisture there. If you fold the glue board into a triangle and apply tape it keeps you from accidentally getting stuck to the glue board.
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