Need Spider Pest Control?
Providing Reliable Spider Control Services
Spiders aren't usually a welcome guest in our homes. With 10 years of experience, Zero Termite and pest have a tailored spider pest control programmes that ensure the eradication and prevention of spider infestations. Our certified technicians have extensive knowledge of all spider species on the Sunshine Coast and are able to treat your problem accordingly.
We will keep your home and business free from Spiders all year round.
Think you have been bitten by a spider? Attempt to identify the spider and call the Poison Hotline immediately on 13 11 26.
Australia's sun and warm climate provide spiders with the perfect conditions for insects to breed. Where there are insects, spiders will follow. Spiders are predatory and come in all shapes and sizes, many of which keep pest species such as Cockroaches at bay. Unfortunately, many of us don’t appreciate the benefit they bring to our environment.
The majority of our spider infestations are more of an annoyance than a danger. However, they can bring more serious consequences, especially when it involves some of the dangerous spiders we have here in Australia.
If you are unsure of what species are infesting your home, contact Zero Termite and Pest today to book a comprehensive spider pest control and inspection programme.
With over 35,000 spiders worldwide, Australia boasts over 2000 spider species.
The 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 are 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 antivenom available.
- 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 silt lined burrow sometimes with a lid covered by leaf or grass. The bite is poisonous and can be painful, but is not lethal. However, the bite of a Wolf Spider can be lethal to cats and dogs.
- Mouse Spider: Growing up to 35mm in body length and black in appearance, the male may or may not have a bright redhead. The females are 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.
- Black House Spider: Grows up to 15mm in body length and is a dark brown to black in colour. They spin quite messy webs, generally in secluded spaces like window frame corners, under eaves, gutters, in brickwork, 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 brown spider with dark patches on its body. They like to live under the bark of trees, flat rocks or eaves and in roof voids and often like to wander into homes where they can be found perched on a wall. They are an extremely timid spider and generally not a hazard to humans. Their bite, although low-risk, can be painful.
- Daddy Long Legs: They are brown in colour 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 longlegs 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.
- 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 these spiders are nontoxic and they are not aggressive.
- Funnel Web Spider: 25-35mm in body length, the females grow larger than the males. They are shiny black with a purple-brown belly. They are ground dwellers and found in moist 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. Fortunately, there is an antivenom.
Don’t Want Spiders?
- Always turn off outdoor lights, when possible, 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 webs from around your home with a vacuum or a broom
- Ensure your home is tidy.
- Clear debris and vegetation from your home's perimeter