Spider Pest Control
Although most of the 10,000 species of spiders inhabiting Australia are relatively harmless, there are some common dangerous spiders that can lurk in the family home and give a nasty bite including the dreaded Redback Spider, White Tailed Spider, Black House Spider, Huntsman Spider and Wolf Spider.
The most common problem in the Western Australian home though is the Redback Spider.
Most serious bites are from the female Redback spider, which measures about 1cm long (bigger than males) and is recognisable by the well-known red stripe on its back, from which it gains its name.
Their venom affects the nervous system, which is potentially dangerous for humans and can cause severe and persistent pain, nausea, malaise and lethargy, which can last hours to days depending on the person’s sensitivity to the venom.
The Redback Spider favours proximity to human habitation and often hide in dry, sheltered places such as garden sheds, logs, rocks. shrubs, junk piles, sheds, mailboxes and under toilet seats.
Their webs consist of a tangled, funnel-like upper retreat area from which vertical, sticky catching threads run to ground attachments.