Yes they are very bad in this part of the country. To the point where they are probably over tolerated. Everyone fears Black Widows, but the reality about Widows is that they are mostly up in a corner in a web for the majority of their life out of your way, but Brown Recluses are roamer hunters that go all over the place at night and get in your clothes and belongings. I believe they reproduce much faster than any other poisonous spider as well.tnfishkeeper said:I live in north Memphis and I see them EVERYWHERE!
They are definitely brown recluses. Also do you know where I could buy a eucalyptus oil spray?sirdarksol said:Another bit about brown recluse spiders that may be important. If you're seeing them everywhere, it's also quite possible that they aren't brown recluse spiders at all (though again, it could be that something caused a surge of them in your attic, which would then cause them to seek more space). The violin pattern is not unique to them, and they really don't like being out in the open (thus, the name "recluse"). Unlike most spiders, brown recluse spiders have six eyes split into three pairs. It's pretty obvious if you're willing to get close to one, particularly if you've got a magnifying glass.
And yeah, eucalyptus may deter them from areas you don't want them in. Just make sure that whatever you use has real eucalyptus oil, rather than artificial eucalyptus scent. Leaves would be great. Spritzing a bit of the oil into the air could help, too.