Zero Termite and Pest Sunshine Coast will help you get rid of unwanted spiders and assist in treatment for spider control. We have a great knowledge of all species of spiders on the Sunshine Coast and specialise in the treatment and eradication of spiders.
There are over 35,000 species of spiders worldwide and a few thousand of these can be found throughout Australia.
Zero Termite and Pest understand the behaviours associated with each spider and after a thorough inspection of your property, will treat accordingly.
Most common species encountered on the Sunshine Coast are;
- Red Back Spider – Indigenous to Australia, the Red Back is distinguished by its black body and red stripe, however they do not always have a red marking. They love sheltered crevices and holes in and around homes, under bins, pot plants, rockeries, garden beds, drains, tank stands and alarmingly, children’s play equipment. Their webs are distinctive by being unusually sticky and messy looking, usually containing several egg sacks. It is the female of the Red-back species that is toxic, inflicting a painful bite that can cause localised swelling, sweating, muscle weakness, nausea and vomiting. Fortunately the venom is slow acting and there is an antivenin available.
- St Andrews Cross - The Abdomen is striped yellow and brown and this spider usually sits upside down in the middle of its web forming a cross. Commonly found in garden areas around your home primarily in summer. The bite of the St Andrews Cross is nontoxic and they are not aggressive.
- Wolf Spider – around 15 -30 mm in body length and grey to brown in colour with a Union Jack on its back, this spider is a ground dweller with a burrow retreat. Generally found in garden areas with a silt lined burrow sometimes with a lid covered by leaf or grass. The bite is poisonous but not lethal, however can be painful. However the bite of a Wolf Spider can be lethal to cats and dog. On the plus side, their toxin is also lethal to the cane toad.
- Black House Spider – grows up to 15mm in body length and is a dark brown to black velvet in colour. They spin quite messy webs, generally secluded spaces like window frame corners, under eaves, gutters, in brick work, fences, sheds, toilets and in the garden, under rocks and bark. Whilst the bite is poisonous it is not lethal, but can produce symptoms including vomiting, headaches, dizziness and extreme pain around the bite site.
- Huntsman Spider – with a body length of up to 20mm the Huntsman’s legs may reach 45mm. It is a hairy spider, brown in colour with dark patches on its body. They like to live under the bark of trees, flat rocks or eaves and in roof voids, but they also like to wander into homes and can be often be found perched on a wall. The bite of a Huntsman is low risk, but can be a painful bite. They are however, extremely timid and generally not a hazard to us humans.
- Daddy Long Legs - They are brown in appearance with a small body and very long legs. They can be found in most homes throughout Australia, around cornices and skirting boards. The venom of the daddy long legs is supposed to be one of the most poisonous of all spiders however there is actually no scientific evidence to verify this. The fangs of these spiders are too small to generally penetrate the skin and it is not considered dangerous.
- Mouse Spider – grows up to 35mm in body length. Black in appearance, the male may or may not have a bright red head. The female is sometimes mistaken for the Sydney Funnel Web Spider. These spiders are ground dwellers creating burrows often over a mitre deep. The males can often be found wandering around in the day time on open ground, looking for a female. It is venomous and gives a deep, painful bite, known to cause severe illness especially to young children.
- Funnel Web Spider - 25-35mm in body length, the females grow larger than the males. They are shiny black with a purple-brown belly. It is a ground dweller and found in most soil areas along the eastern coast of Australia. Male Funnel Web Spiders will wander into shoes, clothing or washing left out and they can also get into swimming pools, being able to survive underwater for several days. It has a very aggressive nature when disturbed and can bite several times. The heavy rain will bring a Funnel Web out. They are very toxic and medical aid should be sought immediately, if bitten. There is an antivenine.
Preventative ideas Spider
- Clear debris and vegetation from your homes perimeter
- Always turn off outdoor lights as they attract other insects which in turn attracts spiders
- Always seal cracks in your walls, along the foundation of your home and around window seals
- Remove web from around your home with a vacuum or a broom
- Keep your home tidy.
If you think you have been bitten by a spider attempt to identify the spider and call the Poison Hotline immediately on 13 11 26.
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