Frequently Asked Brown Recluse Spider Questions

Will sticky traps alone solve my problem?
No, University research has shown that Brown Recluse Spiders in homes, only about 10% of those caught on sticky traps are females. That is because they rarely move, without finding and eliminating females the population will continue to survive. (Sandidge)

Do those Ultra-Sonic plug-ins Work?
Again, Studies have shown no efficacy in tests. It says EPA approved on the box because it is safe for the environment, it does not mean it works. We see hundreds of houses with them, and they still have spiders, ants, etc…

What should I do if I am bitten?
Remain calm, apply the RICE method; Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation, and seek medical attention to void off systemic complications and protect against infection. (For more bite info click here for Dr. Phillip Anderson’s research)

How Long can Brown Recluse Spiders go without food?
They can go very long periods without food or water. Specimens housed in a 12x17x6 cm plastic boxes have lived up to ten months without food or water and in 8 oz. airtight plastic containers six months without food, water, or air (Sandidge).

Where Are Brown Recluses in America?
Here is a map showing where brown recluses can most commonly be found in America.

I have heard that if I take away their food source they will go away, is that true?
No, again research has shown that Brown Recluse Spiders have a clear preference for dead prey over live prey. They will actively feed on fresh killed prey, prey killed several months prior, prey killed with insecticides, and prey killed days before by other Recluse Spiders. (Sandidge)

Are the pesticides and other materials you use safe?
Pesticides are by definition poisonous. Our training, certifications, use of alternative and natural treatments, and expertise are used to provide the safest and most effective approach to solving each pest problem. Sunflower Pest practices IPM (Integrated Pest Management), an approach focusing on reduced pesticide use and increased prevention, habitat alteration and other non-chemical methods to control pests, which translates into fewer and less toxic pesticides, less potential for chemical exposure, and an unapproachable level of safety and security for your families, pets, friends and all others that may enter your home. Do pesticides cause cancer? No. None of the currently registered pesticides have carcinogenic effects. Testing performed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) years prior to the release of each pesticide provide a high level of safety.

How long does each pest control treatment last?
Treatment longevity is a combination of the particular pest in question, products used, environmental conditions, and the particular circumstances of each pest issue.

I am comparing a do-it-yourself pest project versus hiring a professional, why should I hire you?
There are a few good reasons to hire a professional. Do-it-yourself pest control is a risk. A professional can identify a particular species of pest and provide a directed approach for control. Mis-identification and misdirected control only serve as a waste of time and money. Expertise may also help solve a pest control issue without pesticides. In addition, most if not all pest control companies offer a guarantee and will return to solve the problem. This guarantee provides a more effective and economical approach.