The Brown Recluse Spider is one of the most feared spiders in all of North America; and with good reason. The spider is dangerous. Bites from the Brown Recluse spider can be quite painful, with the venom killing the living tissue near the bite site. Although rare, bites from this venomous spider can cause death. Because of these severe reactions to the spider's venom, there is much awareness out there about this particular spider... Some of which is false. In fact, the Brown Recluse spider is often misidentified, with many homeowners believing that any brown spider is indeed a Brown Recluse. So how do you know if a spider you find in your house is indeed a Brown Recluse? Where in the country are they prominently found? And a question I hope nobody ever has to answer, what do you do if I'm bit by a Brown Recluse spider? Thankfully, the spider control experts at Bulwark Exterminating have put together this informative infographic entitled: A Guide To The Brown Recluse:

Infographic: Guide To The Brown Recluse Spider


Brown Recluse Infographic


Bulwark Exterminating Brown Recluse Control

Many homeowners are eager to employ the services of a Bulwark Spider Control technician because of the severe dangers of the Brown Recluse. Because of this threat, you’ll need a spider control company that guarantees their spider treatments, and you’ll also need a spider control company that is up-to-date on all of the Brown Recluse extermination methods. Whether it's the dangerous Brown Recluse Spider you are dealing with, or any other spider you just don't want inside your home, get Bulwark Exterminating. We are here to serve you, and ensure you live Brown Recluse free!

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Afraid Of SpidersMany of us cower in fear at the thought of a spider. If there is even an inkling that the spider might be dangerous, we run screaming in the other direction looking for the nearest broom to take the spider out. There are many feelings out there about spiders; some are misconceptions. This got me thinking... Why are people so afraid of spiders? Here are 10 reasons:

1. Their Fangs!

Huge Spider FangsSpiders have two major weapons at their disposal, their fangs. If a spider so chooses it can literally sink its teeth into you. Many people keep spiders as pets. Tarantulas, who can have fangs as long as 2.5 inches, are a common household pet. The tarantula’s bite isn't any more poisonous than that of a bee sting, but still is very painful. When a tarantula is getting ready to bite, it lifts its four front legs. Those fangs in combination with that threatening stance are definitely intimidating and grab at a person’s sense of fear.

2. A Spider’s Poison Can Kill

Sac Spider fangs Many people fear spiders because of their poison. In reality there are very few spiders with venom lethal enough to kill humans. The two most poisonous spiders to humans are the Brown Recluse and the Black Widow. Even the poison of these two spiders would have a hard time killing an adult. Mainly young children and elderly people are susceptible to more serious consequences from these bites; otherwise, bites from these dangerous spiders can easily be medically treated.

3. U.G.L.Y.

Ugly SpiderYes, spiders are gross to even look at. All species of spiders look different, but we can definitely agree that they are all ugly. Some have thick legs, while some have thinner legs. They can be hairy or bald. Their buggy little faces give most of us the heebie-jeebies! So how can you get close enough to kill something if you can’t even stand to look at it?! Just, time haunting questions of the universe, I guess.

4. Sneaky Spiders

Spider In SinkSpiders can move swiftly and quickly to avoid the sandal’s smash. From there, they hide in places people can’t reach or even see. The trick is to spot it and out sneak it. However, spotting a spider when you’re asleep is difficult. This can give us nightmares, and an unrelaxing night’s sleep. This paranoia is a huge factor to a person’s sense of fear. The fear is that this tiny creature is smarter and sneakier, and this can really perturb some people.

5. They Can Attack!

Spider AttackMost people see spiders as predators, and while a spider is a hunter, it definitely does not spend its off-time sniffing out humans. While there are some jumping spiders in existence, they’re definitely not harmful to people. These jumping spiders live mainly in tropical environments. Most spiders among people are not aggressive at all. The two most harmful spiders, the Brown Recluse and the Black Widow, are non-aggressive and in reality are very shy. They cannot jump and will definitely not hunt out people.

6. Shape & Color

Black Widow SpiderSpiders also have angular shaped legs that we as humans are wired to fear. Their legs and also their dark color are a spider’s natural defenses. Their unpredictability and visible difference causes human fear.

7. Too Large or Too Small

Huge Spider In HandSpiders are so different and vary dramatically. This unpredictability raises the fear in all of us. Some spiders can be extremely large. The Goliath Bird-eating Spider is the largest spider in the world. Its leg span is about 12 inches, which is about the size of a dinner plate. Along with the massiveness of this giant, spiders can also be extremely small. Spiderlings can be really small, even microscopic, yet they look exactly like a full grown spider, leaving the human mind to wonder just what a spider’s size can really be.

8. Babies, Babies, & More Babies

Baby Spiders

Spiders seem to produce spiderlings endlessly. Many spiders can produce hundreds of eggs at a time. The creation of these new spiders can be as quick as a few weeks. After those baby spiders hatch, the mother spider is back at it again, creating more weapons of mass destruction.

9. Weapon Two: Webs

Social cobweb spider (Anelosimus studiosus) on...We've all had those nightmares, getting stuck in a giant web and getting our flesh sucked away by a nasty spider. While it is true that many spiders can produce silk webs, only about half of the species of spiders in the world can produce silk. All other spiders use different tactics to catch their prey. Regardless of the tactic, no spider technique is threatening enough to people. While a web may be nasty and scary, it is definitely not strong or sophisticated enough to ensnare us… well, maybe just ensnare our fear.

10. Again, They Bite!

Spider Bite All things spider are scary, but in the end, their bite is definitely the scariest thing about them. While not many of these bites are lethal, they are painful. Some of the world’s largest spiders can pack unfortunate punches. Most household spider bites will cause an itch at most, but you can’t help compare those little critters to their powerful cousins found all over the world. If you are one of the many people who are afraid of spiders, and one of the many who doesn't want to see them in your home, get Spider Control from Bulwark Exterminating!

Summer is finally upon us. Among all the summer vacations, family reunions, picnics, and days at the pool; something dangerous lurks. Desert cities like Las Vegas, NV, St. George, UT, Phoenix, AZ, and Mesa, AZ house a few unique and even dangerous pests. Here are three desert pests to watch out for this summer:

Desert Recluses

Desert Recluse - Loxosceles sp.

Desert Recluse - Loxosceles sp. (Photo credit: Lynette S.)

Commonly confused with the Brown Recluse spider, the Desert Recluse spider is equally as dangerous. Desert recluses are found in Southern Nevada, Southwest Utah, and Western Arizona. Not too many Desert Recluses invade the actual cities of Mesa or Phoenix; however, both cities do harbor the Arizona Brown Spider which is also in the recluse family. These recluse spiders hide in dark places. Desert Recluse spiders are tan in color, and have a dark brown violin shaped spot on their head. These spiders are not aggressive in nature, but do bite when bothered. Many homeowners in desert cities are bitten when they accidently touch the venomous spiders. When bitten, a victim will experience pain, swelling, and redness around the site. The site will begin to blister, causing open lesions and sores. Bites can take months to heal and even require skin grafts. Those with compromised immune systems, and the young and elderly, are at the most risk to a Desert Recluse bite. Death can be a result on rare occasions.

Arizona Bark Scorpions

 Bark Scorpion

Arizona Bark Scorpion

Throughout all of the southwest, Arizona Bark scorpions wreak havoc on unsuspecting homeowners. If you live in a desert city, you’ve seen one of these scorpions before. While most other species of scorpion live solitarily, these scorpions congregate in groups. When you see one of these scorpions in your Arizona, Nevada, or Utah home; there are bound to be more. Feeding on crickets and roaches near your desert home, these nocturnal pests ambush their prey. Typically, Arizona Bark scorpions come into your home looking for water and refuge from the elements. It is then when unfortunate encounters occur. Hiding inside your shoe, or underneath a discarded article of clothing or towel; these pests sting you when you accidently encounter them. Their stings cause an unpleasant reaction that can include nausea, numbness, vomiting, breathing difficulties or convulsions.

Sun Spiders

Sun Spider

Sun Spider

Because of the several embellished myths about their size, speed, behavior, appetite, and lethality; many people who encounter a sun spider are deathly afraid of them. Sun spiders, also known as camel spiders or wind scorpions, are neither spiders nor scorpions and have no venom. They do however, exhibit very aggressive behavior and may attack for no reason at all. They can run up to 10 mph and have large, powerful jaws that can produce an irregularly large bite. Antibiotic treatment is necessary if a bite becomes infected.

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Desert cities like Phoenix, AZ, Mesa, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, and St. George, UT house a wide and diverse variety of pests. Don’t let desert pests like Bark scorpions, Sun Spiders, and Desert Recluses spoil your fun this summer. Get Bulwark Pest Control!




The next time you see a spider in your shower, be prepared. Have a surefire plan of attack. The following methods are your best weapons to combat an unsightly spider found hiding inside your home.

10. Firearm

Spider ExterminationIf you want an effective way to kill a spider, a firearm will get the job done. A .44 caliber Ruger should do the trick.

9. Call Chuck Norris

The truth is, you don’t need a firearm to kill a spider… Chuck Norris is an equally efficient killing machine!

 8. Play Carly Rae Jepsen’s, “Call Me Maybe”


If you see a dangerous spider in your home, take the following preventative steps: Step 1: Put in earplugs. Step 2: Turn on the radio and find Carly Rae Jepsen’s, “Call Me Maybe.” With as much airplay as that song gets, it should be easy to find playing on some station. Step 3: Point the speakers in the spider’s direction and watch as it instantly falls to it’s death. Note: Playing anything by Justin Bieber is also equally effective. 

7. Hairspray

When you see a spider running across your ceiling, grab the nearest can of hairspray. Enough of the sticky spray will freeze that spider in it’s tracks. Even if it doesn't kill it; the spider will still have great hair. 

6. Eat The Spider

A delicious way to kill a spider, assuming the spider is not dangerous, is to eat it. Marinade the spider with some garlic, thyme, olive oil and cayenne pepper; then toss it with some garden fresh arugula.  Enjoy! Many cultures regularly eat spiders, scorpions, and other insects. 

5. Smash Spider In An Oreo Cookie

When that unsightly spider is running across your kitchen counter-top, grab your nearby bag of Oreo cookies. Take an Oreo apart, and quickly smash the spider in the Oreo’s cream. On top of killing the spider, you’ll also gain internet fame when you post a photo online claiming that you found the spider inside. Read more about the Oreo Spider here: 

4. Good Old Fashion Boot

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You see a spider running across your bedroom floor and you freeze. Don’t panic-- Now’s the time to react quickly. A thick-soled, steel toed boot is your best ally at this point. Slip it on, and stomp. Keep stomping! Twenty or thirty times should be efficient.  If you want to try a different strategy with the boot, and have good aim, throw the boot at the spider and run! 

3. Make The Spider Sit Through A Phoenix Suns Game

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WARNING: Watch a Phoenix Suns game at your own risk... Viewer discretion is advised.  If you want the spider to suffer a slow and painful death, subject the spider to a 2013 Phoenix Suns basketball game. One half of inept basketball should be enough to put the spider out of it’s misery. 

2. Flamethrower

If you want an effective way to kill a spider, a flamethrower is one of your best bets. Even though you may risk burning your house to the ground, you know that spider is not coming out of it alive. 

1. Get Bulwark’s Spider Control 

A surefire way to kill a spider, and keep them from ever entering your home in the first place, is to hire Bulwark Pest Control. If you want a money back guaranteed spider control solution; then call Bulwark today and start living a spider free life! It’s just easier than any of the above methods.

*** Disclaimer***  Bulwark Exterminating does not recommend the shooting of spiders with firearms, treating them with a flamethrower, or eating them with arugula. Watch a Phoenix Suns game at your own risk... Viewer discretion is advised.  In some cases, like those of the Black Widow or Brown Recluse, spiders can be dangerous. Avoid striking a venomous spider. Doing so may simply knock them to the floor, where they can easily escape. The spider may also fall onto your hand or another part of your body and bite.



The Twelve Pests Of Christmas

On my first day of service, Bulwark removed for me A Black Widow in my underwear drawer

On my second day of service, Bulwark removed for me Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer

On my third day of service, Bulwark removed for me Three wasp’s nests Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer

On my fourth day of service, Bulwark removed for me Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer

On my fifth day of service, Bulwark removed for me Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer

On my sixth day of service, Bulwark removed for me Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer

On my seventh day of service, Bulwark removed for me Seven leggy centipedes, Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer

On my eighth day of service, Bulwark removed for me Eight pinching earwigs, Seven leggy centipedes, Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer

On my ninth day of service, Bulwark removed for me Nine chirping crickets, Eight pinching earwigs Seven leggy centipedes, Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer

On my tenth day of service, Bulwark removed for me Ten Raspberry Ants, Nine chirping crickets, Eight pinching earwigs Seven leggy centipedes, Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer

On my eleventh day of service, Bulwark removed for me Eleven scurrying cockroaches, Ten Raspberry Ants, Nine chirping crickets, Eight pinching earwigs Seven leggy centipedes, Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer

On my twelve day of service, Bulwark removed for me Twelve bloodsucking bedbugs, Eleven scurrying cockroaches, Ten Raspberry Ants, Nine chirping crickets, Eight pinching earwigs Seven leggy centipedes, Six Brown Recluses, Five stinging scorpions, Four termite colonies, Three wasps’ nests, Two Fire Ant mounds, And a Black Widow in my underwear drawer


Just to clarify, pest control customers wont need 12 days of consecutive service to eliminate all of these pest problems. Most pests can be eliminated in one single service!

Merry Christmas from all of here at Bulwark Exterminating!


Biting Spiders

One of the most feared pests we treat here at Bulwark Exterminating is the spider! Whether you live in Austin, TX, Charlotte, NC, or Atlanta, GAspiders are a part of your lives. They build webs around your property, and enter your home looking for insects to eat. Because of poisonous spiders like the Brown Recluse and the Black widow, spiders have a bad rap. This is unfortunate because spiders are rather timid creatures that will only bite if provoked or if they need to defend themselves. Unfortunately, spiders do bite. Some are poisonous. How do you know if you are bitten by a spider? Is the spider dangerous? How do you treat a spider bite?

Identifying Common Spiders

Note: The Hobo Spider is no longer considered as dangerous as the Black Widow or Brown Recluse

Identifying Spider Bites

If you believe you have been bitten by a spider, look for a few of these symptoms:

  • A raised bump or blister, or cluster of bumps or blisters, on the skin.
  • A red ring surrounding the above mentioned bump or blister.
  • Two holes or fang marks at the top of the bump.
  • Inflammation around the suspected bite.
  • Discoloration (black, brown, yellow, blue, or purple) of the skin near the suspected bite.
  • Discolored discharge coming from the suspected bite.
  • Pain, muscle spasms, nausea, or vomiting after the being bitten.

Black Widow Bites

Black widow spider bites may cause a sharp, shooting pain throughout an appendage, or they can also be painless and go unnoticed. Look for the above mention symptoms, as well as severe muscle cramps or spasms, nausea, vomiting, seizure, and an increase in blood pressure. The tissue around the bite will begin to die and appear rotten.

Brown Recluse Bites

A Brown Recluse bite is often painless. You will notice a reddening of the skin which will eventually turn white. The bite will develop a red bull’s eye and then blister. At this point the bite can begin to become painful. Skin tissue will begin to turn purple, brown, black, or blue. The discolored area will begin oozing a discharge as well. These bites can be deadly in rare cases.

Spider Bite Treatment

Identify the spider. If possible, identify the spider that bit you. Medical care may be required for Black Widow and Brown Recluse spider bites. You may need to bring the spider with you to the hospital if you need medical attention. Stay calm. It’s normal to panic when you have been bitten by a spider. Remaining calm helps to decrease your blood pressure and heart rate which may already be on the rise due to the possibility of spider venom. Keeping your blood pressure and heart rate down limits the spread of the spider’s venom throughout the rest of your body. Seek medical care. If the spider that bit you has been identified as a Black Widow or Brown Recluse, head to the nearest hospital immediately. Treatment for black widow spider bites may require anti-venom medication. Medical professionals often use medications to treat brown recluse bites as well. Some spider bites may require a tetanus shot. Clean the bite. Clean the infected area where the spider bit you with soap and warm water. You may also want to use an antiseptic like Bactine, hydrogen peroxide or iodine to clean the wound. Elevate the area. If a spider has bitten you, a good way to prevent swelling and slow the spread of venom is to keep the bitten limb elevated. For a brown recluse or black widow spider bite, tie a towel above the bite to prevent the venom from reaching your heart and other vital organs. Apply an ice pack. After being bit by a spider, you will likely experience some pain and inflammation around the affected area. Applying an ice pack or cold compress will minimize these side effects. Take a pain reliever.Alleviate non-dangerous spider bite symptoms with a pain reliever like Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen, or other acetaminophens. Antihistamines may also be beneficial.

Spider Control

Spider bites can be frightening, painful, and even deadly on rare occasion. You do not want them in your basements, garages, tool sheds, or inside your home. If you want to get rid of your spiders then you need to get more then just general pest control, get spider control! While getting rid of the rest of the bugs (what spiders eat) will help in eliminating spiders, this is not the only solution and certainly not the best spider control solution. Let Bulwark Exterminating eliminate these spiders for good with our guaranteed spider control service. Whether you are seeing Black Widow spiders, Brown Recluses spiders, Wolf spiders, or simple House spiders, Bulwark Exterminating will take care of them all! For Immediate Service Call 1-800-445-9313

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"Why don’t you make an infographic on which spiders are dangerous & which aren’t. I can't tell the difference, I just run!" -Melissa Fach

I am certain that Melissa is not alone in her fear of spiders. She is also not alone in her curiosity as to which spiders are dangerous and which are not. So Bulwark Exterminating decided to take Melissa's request/advice and create a guide to help identify dangerous spiders in the USA. Hopefully to the relief of many, there are only TWO families of dangerous spiders in the US, the Brown Recluse, and the Black Widow. The bites of these two spiders should be feared. There are many more spiders which will bite you, but the rest of the biting spiders in the US are not nearly so toxic as the Widow and the Recluse. However, all United States spiders can be considered venomous/poisonous spiders. As a rule of thumb, don't eat spiders and they won't eat you.

Guide to Identify Spiders In & Around Your Home

Guide to Identify Dangerous Spiders in the US

Common Spider Hoax

Many believe we eat spiders while we sleep. Read this article: How many spiders do we eat in our sleep? ZERO.

A New Deadly Spider at Olive Garden hiding under toilet seats, biting patrons, and killing 5 in Florida is also a DANGEROUS SPIDER HOAX. This viral sensation comes and goes every couple of years. It began back in 1999. No new deadly spiders have set up camp in the United States.

The Hobo Spider is not dangerous. This discovery has come to light in past decade and many arachnologist now believe that the work of Darwin Kenneth Vest falsely attributed skin problems on rabbits to the hobo spider bite. Further, no deaths can be confirmed for lack of positive spider identification. Europe, to which the hobo spider is native and common, has no reports in the past 100 years of the spider causing necrosis (cell death). While the belief that the hobo spider is dangerous is still widely circulated and disputed, there is no supporting evidence today to put the hobo spider on the dangerous spider list.

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We all know that spiders are scary even when it's not Halloween. So, what do the 5 Scariest Spiders dress up like on Halloween to give you a real fright? Well we took a peek at this year's festive costumes of the Black Widow Spider, the Brown Recluse Spider, the Tarantula, the Camel Spider, and the Desert Hairy Scorpion. But who wore it best? Which spider/arachnid is taking home the scariest spider prize? Who needs spider control? Check it out and vote below:

Scariest Spiders

Black Widow cast herself as Lidsay Lohan (a repeat offender... referring to last year's Halloween Treat) Sorry Scarlet Johansson but you won't be playing the Black Widow tonight, but the shy Brown Recluse Spider may have found your cell phone. Sir Herman Cain gets props on his Godfather's Pizza from the Tarantula. The military boys had enough influence on the Camel Spider that Ron Paul gets the Camel Spider vote. And well, the Desert Hairy Scorpion is feared enough so digging out a scary costume meant going for the gold in fear force names, Chuck Norris.

To Vote and Enter for our Halloween Treat

Two Options and 2 chances: 1- Login to Facebook and Vote on our Facebook Poll: 2- Tweet your vote with a link to this post: "I vote _______ as the scariest spider:"

The Poll Closes on Halloween at Midnight. So vote by Oct. 31st.


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