By Tracy Clemons
St. Charles County, MO (KSDK) - Thanks to the summer heat, brown recluse spiders are becoming "not so recluse" this year.
An exterminator sent us pictures from a home where he says he found hundreds of spiders.
The problem at Fire Station 1 in Cottleville started in the spring.
"We had hoped to confine them to our Station 1, but they have since spread to all four of our fire stations," said Asst. Chief Scott Freitag with the Cottleville Fire Protection District.
Freitag says they brought in the pros from McCarthy Pest Control as soon as they noticed the problem.
"They did verify that we were dealing with a brown recluse spider, which is unnerving to people who stay in the fire stations," he said.
"Our calls for brown recluse problems right now are up about 80 percent. So we're very active in combating these things on a daily basis," said Bob Richardson with McCarthy Pest Control.
Richardson is an entomologist. He says the spiders love attics, but the heat from this summer pushed them down into people's bedrooms and living rooms. He says everyone reacts differently to the spider bites.
"Some people get bitten and have no reaction. Other people get bitten and they have to amputate the limb because they can't stop the infection from the spider," said Richardson.
Matt Ornsby, who works with Salvo's Pest Control, sent us photos from inside a home he treated.
Fire station 1 isn't as bad, but Freitag is still concerned.
"Another one of our concerns besides the safety, health, and well-being of our fire fighters in our stations is control the spread of them so they don't take them home to their homes and families," said Freitag.
Richardson says if you see one, there's more where they came from.
"Have someone come and look. The price of one bite is way more than what you'd have to pay someone to get rid of these things," said Richardson.
If you've seen brown spiders around your house and aren't sure what they are, he suggests you put down glue boards to catch them and call a professional to see what kind it is, and how to get rid of them.