The Brown Recluse are sometimes called the Violin Spiders and have a body about 1/3 inch long and jaws that move from side to side, like scissors. They have six small eyes, but their most distinguished characteristic is the dark brown violin pattern on the light brown carapace. The legs are long and slender and the abdomen is oval light brown in color and not hairy. Just the simple name strikes fear in most people. These fellows have a very big reputation in the South for causing significant trouble.
They will typically rest in cool dark areas: attics, crawl spaces, wall voids, furniture, and clothing. The Brown recluse will prey on small, soft-bodied insects. They will typically invade premises leaving the outdoors when the weather heats up. Their bite is very painful and the venom is a potent cytotoxin causing an enlarging necrotic sore that heals with difficulty.