we just bought this house last may. there is a small shed that the previous owners had converted into a chicken coupe. well we didnt have any chickens so i decided to clean it up and store my fishing tackle in it. i cleaned it up a little and put my stuff in it. well today i decided i was going to do a better job. there were some boards nailed to the walls with chicken wire under them about half way around. so i got my wrecking bar out and went to town. i had pulled a few boards off and i noticed i small spider came out. i thought it looked like a brown recluse but wasnt sure. it ran back behind some boards and i went back to work. a little while later i felt something run up my leg. i shook my leg and a spider ran across the floor. this one too looked like the other one so i killed it. i looked on the wall i had just removed the boards from and there was another one only bigger. i tried to get something to stab it without crushing it so i could take it into the house and i.d. it. well i wound up smashing this one too, but not before i got a real good look at it. i went and got on the p.c. and did a search on the brown recluse and sure enough thats what they were! i looked on 2 different sites. one was i believe ohio university and the other was the university of ky. entomology website. the uk website goes into greater detail on idenification. i was freaked out. but it wasnt over. i went back out to the shed and started looking and i found about 8 more of those boogers! i got some bug spray and started hosing the place down! i cant count how many times i have went out into that shed at night and fumbled around in boxes and stuff. i did just last night! for those of you who are not familiar with these critters just let me tell ya they are some serious bad news! do a search and look at some of the bites these have afflicted on people. so guys be very careful. i had no clue these things were even around. i thank god i found out they were there. they like dark areas. if you keep your tackle or anything in some sort of shed be very careful. i highly recommend checking out the u.k. entomology site. it has all kinds of useful info on these guys. i don't have the link handy. just do a search on brown recluse on yahoo.