Spiders have eight legs. Some are poisonous, most are not. Some pack a punch when they bite, most do not. They may freak you out wherever you see them.
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Spiders are members of the Class Arachnida. Generally eight-legged, clothed in hairs and sporting three or four pairs of eyes, spiders are distinctive arachnids that often send chills down the spines of homeowners. They look creepy, can move at speed, are capable of surviving many months without food, and there are some that have a toxic, venomous bite!
Spiders have an exoskeleton (an external skeleton that supports their bodies), which they moult in order to grow, and along with their eight jointed legs, they have two distinct sections to their bodies – the head and the abdomen. They are mostly nocturnal, hunting and feeding at night, and are only seen in the daytime if their shelters are disturbed.
These creepy arachnids are known cannibals that will kill and eat each other if food is scarce, if confined in a small space with another eight-legged friend, or even shortly after mating. If a male and female of the same species are confined together, the female will more often than not kill the male.
Whilst all spiders produce silk, not all use it for the purpose of spinning webs. For example, some ground-dwelling arachnids, by their very nature, do not spin webs, but rather use their silk to line their burrows and ensnare small creatures for feasting on. They mostly feed on live or freshly killed insects by first rendering their prey immobile with their venomous bite. They will then squeeze their prey and consume its bodily fluids.
Spiders are natural pest controllers. As a generalist predator, they can help limit the number of insects in your home and garden. Huntsman spiders, despite their fearsome appearance, are particularly effective at pest control, feeding on small insects found inside the home, with cockroaches being a particular favourite.
Having said this, not all arachnids are as practical and helpful as the Huntsman. The most common nuisance arachnids we primarily deal with are the Black House and the Daddy-Long-legs Spiders.
Aside from being nuisance pests, spiders in Australia are infamous for one thing in particular: their (sometimes) deadly bites! A spider’s bite is predominantly used to immobilise their prey for easier feeding. There are approximately 2,000 different species of spider in Australia, most of which cause no harm to humans at all. However, there are two spiders of particular concern to humans due to the lethal toxicity of their bite: the Sydney funnel-web spider and the Redback spider.
Read on below to find out more about these venomous and nuisance pests...
THE REDBACK SPIDER (Latrodectus hasselti)
The female of the species is more deadly than the male!
THE WHITE-TAILED SPIDER (Lampona cylindrata & Lampona murina)
This spider is known to catch and kill Redback Spiders!
THE MOUSE SPIDER (Missulena)
The most troublesome species that a cockroach exterminator must deal with!
BLACK HOUSE SPIDER (Badumna insignis)
One of our most common spider control treatments is for this particular pest spider.
Our spider pest control services involve a spray treatment, which is applied to internal skirtings and other likely harbourages, and also usually includes the application of a pesticide dust to the roof void and under the building (if access is available). The external perimeter walls, eaves, verandas, etc and webs are all also sprayed. Please leave the webs for 1-2 weeks before removing to allow the treatment to work fully.
The size and scale of your spider pest control service needs will be dependent on a variety of factors. Indeed, the severity of their presence will be taken into consideration when coming to an overall cost. If you have only noticed a few webs here and there, or if the infestation is contained to a specific part of the house, the cost of your spider pest control treatment will be cheaper than a more comprehensive treatment plan. More expensive treatment options will be necessary should the infestation affect larger portions of your home. If you want convenience and reliability, make sure you get in touch with our expert spider exterminators.
Whilst our spider pest control services are the most effective methods of eradicating these annoying little arachnids, there are several in-house tips you can use. Indeed, the best way to stop spiders from setting up house in your home is to familiarise yourself with their habits and preferences and take some common-sense precautions. This refers to habits like shaking out shoes and clothes before wearing them, clearing away garden foliage from around entryways, fitting draught strips to doors and installing flyscreens on doors, windows and vents.
Applying a ‘blanket-spray’ in your garden can often drive ground-dwelling spiders into your home, and so should be avoided. Also, because some arachnid species can be quite aggressive and confrontational (e.g. the Funnel Web), it is always advised that young children do not engage with any creepy crawlies, especially if you are unaware of their species. If someone is bitten and you are concerned, make sure you seek medical attention promptly.
Remember, many arachnids are most active at night so check bedclothes and bedding before getting into bed. If you should come across them, you can either catch and release them into your garden or kill them with either a household insecticide spray or by squashing. If you notice more and more of them, then there is a strong chance you have an infestation. Get in touch with the experts today for a reliable spider pest control service.
If you believe your home is infested, you don’t want hundreds of them running around your home. Get in touch with a qualified professional like us to handle your spider pest control service needs.
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