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There are many species of Spiders that vary in shape, colour, size, and behaviour.

Many people fear or dislike spiders due to their appearance. They also build webs that become unsightly. However, generally, spiders are beneficial because of their role as predators

Species of Spiders Sydney

In Australia there are few species of spiders. They are:

  1. Deadly and dangerous (red),
  2. Toxic and poisonous (orange) and
  3. Low risk (green)

These species include:

  • Sydney Funnel Web Spider,
  • Red-back spider,
  • White Tail spider,
  • Wolf Spider
  • Black House spiders, and
  • Mouse spider,
  • Huntsman spider
  • Garden Orb spider,
  • Trap Door spider, and
  • Saint Andrews Cross spider

A professional pest control Sydney expert can assist you to:

  • identify the spider in your area,
  • eliminate the arachnids in your area; and
  • give you the peace of mind.

There are many species of Spiders that vary in shape, colour, size, and behaviour.

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Sydney Funnel Web Spiders

The Sydney Funnel Web Spider is one of the most venomous spiders in the world. In fact, it is the only species known to have caused death in humans.

It is up to 4.5 cm in body size and it presents with 4 spinnerets at the end of the abdomen. In addition, it has powerful fangs and is very aggressive.

A male funnel web spider usually wanders from the garden and into homes in search of a female. It happens, especially, in summer and autumn and after heavy rain.

The funnel web may find shelter in your shoes and clothing. Furthermore, outside of the home, it may also be found in the pools and the last several days under water.

Surprisingly, this spider breathes and floats in water. It does it by trapping a small air bubble in hairs around the abdomen.

Usually, the female spider is more dangerous in the world. However,  in Sydney funnel-web species, the male is more dangerous than the female. Moreover, there are about 40 species of the funnel web spider in Australia.

Have a regular professional pest control expert check your area to minimize and eliminate the risk of these arachnid species.

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The Red-back Spiders

Red-back spider is a relative of the American black widow spider. It is present all over Australia, particularly in warmer regions.

This spider prefers to build a web in dry and dark environments. Usually, among rocks, in hollow logs, shrubs, verandas, flower pots, sheds, and storage yards. They can also be in industrial sites, wood or rubbish, empty cans, under seats, garden sheds, letterboxes, and even your house.

Red-back Spiders can be found around homes during all seasons. They are more common in summer and less common in winter months.

The red-back spider’s web is a tangle of silk which is used to catch food. They mainly eat insects but also may include mice, lizards, frogs, and snakes in their diet.

The female is bigger than the male. You can identify these species easily by their small black body and a red mark on the upper abdomen. However, you need to note that the red mark may not always be present on these species.

Symptoms from a bite of a red back spider are numerous. These include pain, sweating, muscular weakness, abdominal pain, headache, nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, and even paralysis.

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White Tail Spiders

You can recognise whitetail spider by the white marking on the tip of its tail. Then, the legs are glossy with a reddish tint.  Moreover, their size is about 12 – 20 mm.

They are commonly present in the eastern and southern parts of Australia during spring to late autumn. Also, this spider prefers a cool and moist environment. In addition, they are ground-dwelling hunters and are most active at night, looking for insects and other spiders.

The whitetail spider lives in gardens and mulch areas, under logs, under rocks and leaf litter.

During summer, the spider usually enters buildings in order to escape the heat. They may also find their way inside your home. Then, in the wardrobes, clothes left on the floor, folded towels, bed sheets, bathrooms, laundry, behind curtains and even shoes. Furthermore, they are able to walk on glass due to specialised hairs on the end of their legs.

The bite from these spiders can cause nausea, burning pain, swelling and itchiness near the site. Usually, they attack and bite when people are sleeping or when getting dressed.

The Wolf Spiders

The Wolf Spider is present all throughout Australia. In fact, there are many species of wolf spiders that vary in size and colour. Likewise, their colour range is from grey to brown and they can reach a body length of up to 3 cm.

Their bodies are low to the ground when walking or running. You can also recognize a wolf spider by a specialised pattern on its back similar to the Union Jack. Furthermore, they have excellent vision, large jaws, and long, strong legs.

The wolf spider is a ground-dwelling hunter that builds round burrows in the ground. Usually, the burrow entrance is lined with silk and may have a trap door, camouflaged and lined equally with the ground.

You may find a wolf spider in gardens, leaf litter and areas of tall grass where they keep watch for food. Particularly, these foods include insects and small vertebrates. Moreover, they may also dwell under stones and logs, preferring covered, hidden areas.

The wolf spider is considered poisonous but not deadly. It will usually attack only if provoked.

The bite may be very painful and result in swelling and itching around the site. In addition, other symptoms may include nausea and headaches.

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Black House Spiders

The Black House Spider’s body ranges from a dark brown to black. There is a faint pattern on the body and legs. Moreover, the body may be up to 15 mm in length.

This species is shy and runs into hiding when approached. Unlike other spiders, this species is not considered as deadly and bites are rare. However, their bite may result in several reactions. Specifically, you may have pain at the site, sweating, muscular pains, vomiting and headaches.

The black house spider builds messy webs usually in isolated areas such as corners of windows and doors and guttering. They may also build a web in brick walls, garden sheds, bathrooms and among rocks and bark. Furthermore, they feed on insects such as flies, mosquitoes, and moths.

Mouse Spiders

The mouse spider also exists throughout Australia. The species is recognised for its glossy black colour. The body length of the female is up to 3 cm and 1.2 cm of males. Particularly, these species have large, thick fangs that can inflict a painful and serious bite.

The mouse spider lives in burrows that may be up to 60 cm deep in the ground. Generally, the burrow and entrance are lined with silk.

This spider also builds a side chamber, which is used for egg sacs and is closed by a trapdoor. Their diet, in addition, consists mainly of insects.

The mouse spider often leaves the burrow after the rain in search of a female. Oftentimes, the mouse spider is mistaken for a funnel web spider. It's because it also has spinnerets but are much shorter in mouse spiders and there is no spur on their legs.

The mouse spider is aggressive and will stand up on hind legs when threatened.

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Huntsman Spiders

There are about 100 species of the Huntsman Spider in Australia. It has a very flat and brown, hairy body of about 2 cm in length.

The front legs are longer than the hind legs. Hence, the Huntsman has the ability to move forward as well as sideways.

They are moving at lightening-fast speed.  However, the huntsman spider is a shy, non-aggressive spider and is known to rarely bite. In fact, there are no known fatalities from their bite.

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They live under the loose bark of trees and logs, in crevices and under rocks, and on-screen of your car. The Huntsman may also enter your home during the wet weather and is often spotted at night on walls. Usually in the kitchen and dining room searching for food. Moreover, these spiders are hunters. Thus, they chase their prey and immobilise it with their venom.

Their diet consists of insects, small lizards, and frogs.

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Garden Orb Spiders

There are over 100 species of the Garden Orb Spider in Australia wide. They are common in the bush and also around the home during summer.

This spider sets its web between trees and shrubs to trap food. In addition. the garden orb spider’s body is up to 3 cm in length with colour ranging from reddish brown to grey.

This species spins circular webs that can extend for more than 2 meters. When the web is completed, the spider sits in the middle of it and waits for food.

When an insect flies into the web, the spider feels the vibrations and rushes to wrap the insect in silk. Then, it injects venom to kill the prey. So, once killed, it is then taken to the middle of the web and is eaten or saved for later.

The garden orb spider is not aggressive and rarely bites. However, if a bite occurs, symptoms include mild pain, numbness, swelling, nausea, and dizziness.

Saint Andrew’s Cross Spiders

The St Andrew’s Cross Spider is a common species of orb-web spider found on the east coast of Australia. Particularly, it is more common in summer in gardens among shrubs.

The spider’s body is up to 1.5 cm long.

The St. Andrew’s Cross Spider always sits in the middle of the web. Usually, upside down with the legs in pairs.

Females are bigger than males. Also, their colour ranges from silver, yellow, red and black bands on the abdomen while males are brown and cream.

St Andrew’s Cross spider is not aggressive and is a low risk to humans.

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Trapdoor Spiders

You may confuse the Trapdoor Spider appearance with the funnel web. However, The trapdoor spider is smaller than the funnel web. It is also present throughout Australia.

Its body is covered with fine hairs and may be up to 3.5 cm long. The first pair of palps consists of the spurs unlike the second pair of palps in the funnel web.

The Trapdoor Spider lives in a burrow, up to 25 cm below the ground and traps passing by insects as food. Specifically, these may include cockroaches, crickets, other spiders and beetles.

This species prefers dry habitats such as dry in lawns, gardens, and bush.
The species is also non-aggressive and has low risk to people.

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The presence of spiders can be recognised by either spotting the spider or the web inside your home, in your garden or backyard.

Hence, careful inspections and checks of areas at risk will assist you to prevent and minimise spider occurrence in your home and garden.

For more information contact your local Pest Control expert.

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Simple Strategies To Achieve Effective Spider Control

  • Identify the spider because this will assist in determining the management for the species. For example, if the spider builds webs, then the aim will be to destroy the webs as this is the place where the spider spends most of its time
  • Eliminate the spider by gentle use of broomstick or vacuum cleaner
  • Destroy spider webs by use of broomsticks
  • Reduce outdoor lighting that may attract insects
  • Decrease vegetation near buildings
  • Eliminate debris to discourage insects and other spiders
  • Seal openings and crevices
  • Install screens
  • Set up door sweeps to prevent spider coming indoors
  • Check firewood before bringing it into the house for spiders or spider eggs
  • Keep wood piles away from the house
  • Keep the grass cut low
  • Have regular pest control inspections

The elimination of spiders basically focuses on preventing spiders from entering the house. This includes minimising the food supply and minimising the conditions that encourage the spider to set up a house and reproduce.

You are, surely, concerned and perhaps unsure about the spiders living in and around your home. Don't panic because the best thing that you can do is to leave the spider alone.

Remember: Do not touch the spider or provoke it.

Call pest control experts who can offer practical and environmentally friendly solutions to your problems with spiders.

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