Recluse Spider Distribution and Habitat
> Distribution and Habitat
The Brown Recluse Spider is native to the United States
of America, Mexico and Canada. In the USA, their range
extends from the southern Midwest down the the Gulf
of Mexico. To get more specific, the Brown Recluse
Spider has been seen from southeastern Nebraska
through southern Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana to southwestern
Ohio. Moving south, their range also extends from western
Georgia to the central parts of Texas. They are rarely
ever seen west of the Rockies, and if they are here,
they have been transported.
In Mexico, the Brown Recluse Spider tends to hang around
the border, and does not extend too far south into the
country. As for Canada, this spider
stays around southeast Ontario, and in the southern
parts of Quebec.
Unlike most spiders that build intricate, fairly symmetrical
webs, the Brown Recluse Spider builds
completely irregular webs. Most webs built by this spider
include a sheltered area that is built from completely
disorderly and random threads. Brown Recluse
Spider webs are built in undisturbed and dry
locations: cellars, garages, closets, sheds and woodpiles.
When in human dwellings, they tend to like cardboard,
but are also commonly found inside clothing, or other
tight spaces. Most human contact comes when cleaning
or moving items like bed sheets, shoes, dresser drawers
or behind pictures, due to the fact that the Brown Recluse
Spider feels threatened. These spiders
also do not use their web to hunt, as they wander away
in search of prey.