I live in Los Angeles. A neighbor just told me that she is suffering from a brown recluse infestation in her apartment. She got a spider bite while she slept which she thought was innocuous until it enlarged and hurt. She visited the hospital and the physician diagnosed it as a brown recluse spider bite and gave her antibiotics.
In trying to get rid of the spiders in the apartment, she's asked pest control to come and spray but she was told that the spray is not very effective as the spray can't get into the crevices that the spiders typically hide in.
As a result, and upon the suggestion of others, she bought some geckos to roam the apartment to naturally take care of the brown recluse infestation problem. (I'd rather see a cute gecko run across my floor than spiders that can bite too.)
I saw my first brown recluse in my apartment today. I have heard that more recently there has been an increase in brown recluses in California -- perhaps caused by someone bringing the spider from a location where they used to be more commonly restricted to.
Thanks for the article. I appreciate the calm it provides to a subject that at first had me a bit rattled.