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Old 04-28-2008, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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I'm just wondering. Are the brown recluse spiders a real problem in Tennessee? Also to anyone who grew up in a place where Brown recluse spiders didn't exist but have moved to Tennessee, how did you deal with living in an environment where you have to be extremely careful of these spiders? Here in Wisconsin we just have rattlesnakes. They are pretty rare to see though. I never really come across any spiders here either.

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  • To those that are new to these Recluse Regions, How did you deal with them?
  • Are certain areas more likely to have them then others?
Thanks, Josh
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Old 04-28-2008, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Brown recluses are way down on my list of things to worry about. With a little knowledge and awareness someone can avoid the little critters for the most part.
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Old 04-28-2008, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Lakes & Mountains of East TN
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Josh, there are at least a couple of similar threads here on this very forum with good advice!

just do a search for "brown recluse" and you'll find them.

Good luck and try not to worry!
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Old 04-29-2008, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co. TN
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Browns and black widows are not a big problem, just use common sense. Spray your house, look before you reach into dark spooky areas. If you get bit, get to a dr. and get some anti biotics. I know of several people who have be bitten by browns. It can get ugly if not treated.
Its been my exp. that copperheads like to hang out around the foundation. They can be agressive little buggers. Careful when weeding or turning over rocks or logs. There are water snakes that look much like copperheads but are harmless. Rattlesnakes Ive encountered have been in the woods and have given warning. Hate to say it but I kill copperheads and rattlers. Dont want to take a chance of them biting my grandkids. All other snakes I leave alone. They tend to get mad when you poke them with a stick.
Saw my first snake of the season Friday slithering along the foundation.
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Lakes & Mountains of East TN
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2mares, I agree with you about the snakes. We haven't stumbled upon a copperhead yet but know they're around (we're still in nj). If I do, he's history; we have a two year old and I couldn't forgive myself if ever... God forbid.

All nonpoisonous snakes we leave alone (we do have three as pets, after all). They eat rodents and bugs and are nothing but a benefit. Northern ringnecks are my favorite. Their underbelly is a brilliant shade of yellowish orange, they're just stunning.
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:48 AM
 
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I'm just wondering. Are the brown recluse spiders a real problem in Tennessee? Also to anyone who grew up in a place where Brown recluse spiders didn't exist but have moved to Tennessee, how did you deal with living in an environment where you have to be extremely careful of these spiders? Here in Wisconsin we just have rattlesnakes. They are pretty rare to see though. I never really come across any spiders here either.

The Bottom Line!
  • To those that are new to these Recluse Regions, How did you deal with them?
  • Are certain areas more likely to have them then others?
Thanks, Josh
I know it's easy to be scared over things like brown recluse spiders, but honestly it's not that big a deal. It wouldn't hurt to set off a couple of bug bombs in your house before you move in (make sure your closet doors are opened when you do that). And if you're going to store clothes in a dark, dank attic or closet for months on end, it wouldn't hurt to run them through the wash before putting them on.
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:21 AM
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Location: Loudon County, TN
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I'm just wondering. Are the brown recluse spiders a real problem in Tennessee? Also to anyone who grew up in a place where Brown recluse spiders didn't exist but have moved to Tennessee, how did you deal with living in an environment where you have to be extremely careful of these spiders? Here in Wisconsin we just have rattlesnakes. They are pretty rare to see though. I never really come across any spiders here either.

The Bottom Line!
  • To those that are new to these Recluse Regions, How did you deal with them?
  • Are certain areas more likely to have them then others?
Thanks, Josh
I don't have any problem with them. I just toss a few fresh mealy worms into my mailbox right before I grab the day's letters. It distracts Harriet (I named her), and I am pretty fast, too.

I don't know for sure what I'll do when I get old and start slowing down. Might have to move to someplace safe, like Wisconsin.

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Old 04-29-2008, 10:10 AM
 
Location: somewhere over the rainbow Ohio
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When I first moved here, I was concerned about Brown Recluse and Black Widows. Last year we sprayed for spiders and if I take a shirt off the closet shelf, I always shake it out first, just in case. But they don't enter my thoughts all that often.
Pam
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co. TN
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Not until now? LOL. The bug that is bugging me the most now is those darn TICKS. I have lost count of how many Ive removed from me the grandkids, kids and dogs. Ive treated the yard but dosent seem to help much.
Pam that is a good idea to shake out your clothes. I have been stung by wasps that have gotten into shirt sleves hanging in the closet. Wasps are pretty bad at my place already too.
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Old 04-29-2008, 12:33 PM
 
Location: mid wyoming
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I spray around the foundation every two weeks. We have chickens and gineas loose for the rest. I try to keep the grass mowed real timely like.
I do believe the Tennesee game and fish will prosecute for the killing of most reptiles (state law) in the state. But from what I hear, you almost have to do it in front of the officer.
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