Brown recluse problem could be growing


by Maggie Ruper

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 15 at 11:40 PM

SHEPERDSVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Rodney Brewer said he has a lurking problem in his home at the Scenic Trail Apartments near Shepherdsville.

“I got in the shower went to get the wash rag and one jumped out of there,” Brewer said.

He was talking about brown recluse spiders. Brewer said he has found more than a dozen in his apartment this summer. He kept the ones that he killed and had them tested at UK’s Agriculture extension office in Bullitt County.

“They called me a couple days later and they said those are brown recluse and you need to have something done,” Brewer said.

Brewer was bitten by a brown recluse years ago while on a fishing trip. Their bite is poisonous and they are common in Louisville. Okolona Pest Control President Donnie Blake said he is getting more and more calls about people who have brown recluse spiders.

“With the warmer weather and as the population grows through the mating process through the summer, then you’ll see more of the males foraging about in the summer,” Blake said.

Brewer said his landlord sprayed the spiders, but it didn’t work. Brewer said he refused to hire an exterminator, so he is moving out.

Blake said getting rid of the spiders is not an easy task and he said it could take months.

“It’s a very intense treatment and it needs to be done by a professional. It’s very difficult for people to be able to do it themselves,” Blake said.

The property owners would only say that the other apartments do not have spiders.

Blake said it’s a good idea to shake out folded clothing and check shoes and other crevasses where the spiders could be hiding. Anyone who is bitten is advised to seek medical treatment at a hospital immediately.