The Most Dangerous Spiders In Australia

Spiders, when some people hear that word they completely freak out. Whether it’s a huge black spider, or a small daddy longlegs, phobias to these types of creatures is quite common.

While there are legitimate reasons to have concerns about those scary eight-legged insects, fellow pests including bees are more likely to cause allergic reactions that can lead to death. Even though Australia has some of the most venomous spiders in the world, there have been no fatalities since 1981. This not to say that we must catch spiders and keep them as pets, there are some that are poisonous and when detected, the issue must be addressed immediately.

Spider venom is not directed at humans, their main target is smaller prey, and insects that they’re able to eat. We’re going to discuss some of Australia’s most dangerous spiders.

Sydney Funnel Web

This kind are known to be some of the deadliest spiders in Australia, found in New South Wales, as well as metropolitan areas. The frightening thing about these spiders is that when they feel threatened, they can get quite hostile. With a body length ranging from one to five centimetres, these dark coloured shiny solid built spiders have toxic venom, and will usually bite their victims several times.

Those who are bitten by this type of spider will definitely feel the bite and must seek medical assistance immediately.

 

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Redback Spider

Redback spiders are common among many urban locations, and live in sheltered and dry locations like garden sheds, mail boxes and garage. These spiders have a round shaped body, with skinny black legs and a red strip on the back half of its frame. Unlike the Sydney Funnel Web, the venom affects the nerve system and can be incredibly deadly. The most lethal bites are from the females, and may include continuous symptoms including nauseousness and lethargy. If you think that you may have been bitten, you must get yourself checked straightaway.

 

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Mouse Spider

Mostly found alongside streams, and sometimes near residential locations, these eight-legged creatures are not known to be aggressive. Mouse spiders can be mistaken for funnel web creatures, as the symptoms when bitten by the latter can be quite similar. These spiders have high bulbous heads and jaws, while the body is smooth and glossy. If you think that you have been bitten, best to get it checked by a medical professional urgently.

 

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Organic Pest Control: The Man Made Materials

As talked about in the previous post, there is a whole world of organic solutions to pest control, of course we are talking about specific garden variety pests, nonetheless there are a lot options. Yes, pesticides, powders and sprays are among the organic solutions, and usually people become nicely attached to these non-toxic mixtures.  Sometimes we can’t eradicate every pest and egg with the use of sprays or powders, instead we need to resort to some more stealthy options, more calculated and creative.

Lets look at some ways that organic pest control can be used through materials, you’ll be very interested in how they work. It may also leave you wondering who on this earth came up with such designs, but you will be thankful they did.

Floating Row Covers

-Well this one is very common and many people already know how this works.  You most likely see them draped around large crop areas, as farmers readily use this material.

– If you haven’t clicked on what exactly a floating row cover is, then it’s simply a mesh type material, that you can buy in large, very large lengths. It has holes for breathing, it’s white usually, and it allows light to get to the plants. Additionally it allows for you to water without hassle.

-It can come in different weights, to ensure it is suited to the climate and area.

-You can also get plastic row covers, which are obviously hardier, but need to be watched more carefully, as they can collect heat.

-Sometimes people can find themselves tangled in row covers if they attempt to place them down on a breezy day, it’s more a a two person job. If its only a small surface area then you can manage it yourself, but it still is somewhat tricky. In order to keep row covers in place you need a weight to hold it down on all sides, this is so it doesn’t blow away, or allow small insects through.

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Pheromone Traps

– Phermone traps are quite impressive creations, using sex attraction against the bug species. Pheromone is a scent that bugs let off in order to attract the opposite sex for mating, but scientists have been able to replicate this smell, and use it against the poor bugs.

-Mostly adult males are attracted to the scent, which in some instances doesn’t do much if you are having a wide scale insect problem. Instead these sort of traps are best used in enclosed or small spaces, as it won’t help much for large scale eradication.

-Successfully used in cases of the gypsy moth

-It is very sensitive to all pests, so you may get some extra unwanted pests caught up in the traps.

-There are specific lures for each pest kind, not all are available, scientists keep working on collecting the pheromones.

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 Sticky Traps

-As the name suggests, these traps are based on using stickiness to catch the nasty pests. Who would have thought pest control could be so easy? There’s heaps of sticky products that can used to create a sticky trap, and with this you can very creative.

-You can also buy sticky traps pre- packaged, for those who don’t find pest control that exciting.

-It also plays on the attraction certain bugs have to colour, each species being attracted to different colour pigments. Blue sticky traps can attract thrips or leaf miners. Or bright yellow colours can attract aphids, moths, leaf hoppers.

-In order to get them effectively working you will need them hanging very close to plants, if not on the plants themselves.

-They won’t look pretty once they start working, like bug zappers, they get stuck all over the surface, and it’s quite visually disgusting. If they work, then it’s likely you won’t care too much about that.

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Those are some of the man made traps and solutions to the organic world of pest control, of course, you may still be wary.

 

Do you need a pre-purchase building inspection?

So you’ve found your dream home or work place and are all ready to move in.   The excitement of investing in a new property is often unrivaled which is why it is easy to forget to check for pests. This eagerness and excitement is why it is so  mortifying to discover an underlying pest problem after you’ve moved in.  Luckily for Australians pest control companies reside in every town ready to deal with pests that affect that area.  If you live or work in Tweed Heads Coastline Pest Control are the team for you!

Termites

Termites

Often the tell tale signs that there are pests such as mice, termites, silverfish or spiders in a building can not be seen to the naked, untrained eye.   Often by the time you know there is a pest problem it can be too late.  Termites in the foundations or mice in the walls can easily be hidden during a property walk through and even during the moving in process.  But after a few weeks, once you’ve settled in, you will start to see signs.  It might be droppings on the counter or cobwebs on the ceiling.  Slowly but surely the pest problem will reveal itself and then you will be in real strife!

Huntsman

Huntsman

The always present chance of pests is why it is crucial to have a professional perform a building inspection before you move in, to avoid any heartbreak and mounting costs, moving home or office is pricey enough.  Commercial and home properties are both at risk of pest infestations  and living in Australia we have a lot of pests!

Real estate agents and previous building owners wont tell you if there is a pest problem, but a pest service will.

Mice

Mice

Pre-purchase pest inspections will save you from any nasty surprises and ballooning costs.  You need to insure that you have a trained and qualified pest control service that can tell you of any infestations before you buy.  If you are lucky and there are no pests you will still receive sound advice of how to prevent infestations in the future and what the warning signs are for your property.  So there is no losing when you hire pest control experts.  Don’t let termites or wasps ruin your buying experience, before you buy a property ask yourself, do i need a pre-purchase building inspection?  The answer is always yes.

Dream home, or pest home?

Dream home, or pest home?

Spider Bites and What To Do

Although it’s getting to winter and pests generally go into hibernation this doesn’t mean that they’re gone. We still need to be wary of any sign of a pest problem and still remain cautious about our living especially when Australian spiders are the hot topic.  Although it’s unlikely to be a spider infestation in your family home sometimes these nasty arachnids can hide in the building foundations.  Like most international folks like to remind us, we have some poisonous very eight legged friends, but more often then not it’s just usually the daddy-long-leg spider we see. We all know how little threat these spiders are to us humans, so perhaps we should look at those that may cause a bit more of a stir and maybe call in the experts.

The Redback Spider:

Most people know the redback spider both visually and by name. A lot of people hear about the nasty redback but never really have contact with one, those that have remember.  Mature female redbacks are jet black, with a big red stripe on their fat backs.  Although not encountered a whole lot, these spiders can cause you a bit a pain if they bite you.   Redbacks usually cause you to have a red rash which spreads through the area in which you have been bitten and can cause headaches, nausea, sweating or possibly fever.  As you can see by the symptoms it can be hard to diagnose on your own, to be safe it’s best to seek a GP. However some people are happy to apply ice packs and wait it out, which in a lot of cases is fine.  If a child is bitten go straight to hospital.

If you are bitten you can do some simple things to improve the chances of a quicker recovery.

-You can place an icepack on the wound

-Lay down and do not move around

-Call a hospital or doctor, as anti venom’s are carried at almost all hospitals and this is the safest option

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Notorious Redback

 

The Funnel-Web Spider:

Before people start to panic about the funnel-web spider, this scary looking creature will no typically lurk inside your house, it rather enjoys the outdoors in burrows. However they do  inhabit many states and cities of Australia, so if you do come across one, be very careful. Female funnel-web spiders stay in their burrow, only leaving to quickly snatch up some tucker passing by, so it’s unlikely you’ll meet the female. Males are the ones that will move about outside, and on rare occasions find their way into your home. Unlike the Red-Back spider our friend here has a bite that is extremely dangerous and the spider is quite aggressive.

If you are bitten you must apply a bandage around the wound firmly to reduce the poison spreading. If possible take the specimen to the hospital (dead or alive), along with yourself of course. Also use a splint to reduce movement of the limb which has been bitten. If left untreated this bite will be fatal. Do not try and manage the bite yourself, you absolutely need anti venom.  It’s a good idea when moving into a new property is to have a building inspection especially in Sydney where funnel-webs are notorious.

Sydney Funnel-Web Spider

In the  event that you think you may have any sort of spider problem within your house it is a very good idea to call in a pest control professional, if you’re living in South Sydney you can try South Sydney Pest Control.