Needing some urgent Spider Control in Sydney?

Author: Bruce Gow
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Spider control is a very serious issue in a country like Australia where there are so many deadly species of spider. A1 Pest Control always engages in thorough treatments to ensure a big drop in any spider population. Our treatments are safe for children and pets and our technicians are trained and certified above and beyond the state requirements.  Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or to book in. Below we have a testimonial from one of our many happy customers that has had a treatment done to get rid of spiders. Hills District is well known for it’s funnel web and red back populations so don’t wait ’till it’s too late!
SPRING TIME = SPIDER TIME?
During early spring you’ll start to see more creepy crawlies due to the increase in humidity and a more temperate habitat developing. Alas, along with the lovely summer sun Sydney also sees an increase in spider activity, much more alarming due to the fact that Sydney is home to some of the deadliest spiders in the world! The Redback Spider and the Sydney Funnel Web, though the Redback isn’t known for being aggressive, the Funnel Web is. We’ve heard many stories of these daring little spiders charging down on anyone getting to near their hole!
Spider control is always a tricky business as there aren’t any pesticides available that are powerful enough to kill them just by residual affect, at least none that won’t harm any people or pets as well. As such the best way to control spiders is to have regular pest sprays, we would recommend 6 monthly treatments, as well as going around your home biweekly and taking down any webbing that is sighted. This makes it a lot harder for spiders to develop into a large infestation or serious issue without having to spend a fortune on pest control every other week.
Another trick for taking care of Funnel Web spiders is to mix up boiling water and dish washing detergent. This mixture is then poured down any Funnel Web holes, after which you stomp down on the entrance to the hole to prevent them from charging out at you. This is a fairly harsh approach to controlling these critters but they do pose a serious threat, especially to younger children and pets.
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To reduce spider populations make a habit of regularly having a look around your home and take down any webbing you notice using a long stick or a broom. Do the same inside and use a broom or vacuum to get rid of the webs. This will have a big affect on the amount of spiders you encounter.

To eliminate most types of spider species from areas of human population for any period of time today is almost close to impossible. This is no invisible wonder barrier that spiders just crawl across and die. Though that is the perception of most people.

They don’t even hang around the same nesting sites as in other areas of pest control. So how can you get of spiders safely?

The “trick” is to contact all of the known breeding areas and treat with a low toxic, non-fuming spray applied by a pest control expert. The worst thing you could do is to try and eliminate spiders by spraying aerosols bought from places like Bunnings, Woolworths or Coles and expect to get great results.

Dangerous poisoning may occur to yourself or the environment. This may be more dangerous than the actual spider threat!

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New spiders will quickly recolonize an area if the inhabitants are killed off. In many species, young spiders (or ‘spiderlings’) disperse by ‘ballooning’.
They spin silk strands that are taken by the wind, carrying the spiders over potentially long distances.

 

Although keeping an area free of spiders is difficult, there are many precautions that can be taken to avoid bites. Avoid walking outside with bare feet, especially at night. When gardening, wear shoes, long trousers and thick gloves to guard against any spiders, scorpions, centipedes or stinging insects. Wandering spiders can enter houses at ground level, often under a door. Fitting weather strips or using draft excluders can block this entry route.

Fitting fly-screens to windows and wall ventilators will prevent any climbing spiders from obtaining access. A cleared area around the house will discourage burrowing spiders from making burrows there.

It is a good idea to educate children to ‘look but don’t touch’ when they find any spiders, and for adults to obey the same rule. It is sensible to be respectful of spiders, rather than frightened of them.

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The Sydney Funnel-web Spider

Funnel-web burrows are distinguished from other holes in the ground by the presence of a series of irregular silk ‘trip-lines’ radiating out from the entrance. Holes are normally found in moist, shaded areas like rockeries, dense shrubs, logs and leaf litter. A small, neat hole lined with a collar of silk which does not extend more than a centimeter from the rim could belong to a trapdoor spider (the common Brown Trapdoor Spider does not build a ‘door’ for its burrow). Other possible hole owners include mouse spiders, wolf spiders or insects (most commonly cicadas or ants).

To read up on the Mouse Spider, often mistaken by their burrows for Funnel web, check out our article on the Mouse Spider.

The female Funnel-web does not normally leave her burrow, but may be unearthed by excavations, rubbish removal or gardening, or be driven out by heavy rain. Male Funnel-webs leave their burrows to search for females in summer and autumn, and are normally active at night. Wandering spiders are frequently encountered after a period of wet weather.

Precautions

In areas known to have Funnel-web populations, there are a number of precautions that can be taken to reduce the risk of bites. Wandering spiders can enter houses at ground level, often under a door. Fitting weather strips or using draft excluders can block this entry route. A cleared area around the house will discourage Funnel-webs from making burrows there.

 

Inside a house, Funnel-web spiders will seek shelter to avoid drying out. Consequently it’s important to check clothing, shoes or bedding close to, or on the floor, for spiders. The same goes for any shoes or clothing left outdoors or around camp-sites in Funnel-web areas.

Funnel-web Spiders often fall into swimming pools. Spiders can trap a small bubble of air in hairs around the abdomen which aids both breathing and floating, so it should not be assumed that a spider on a pool bottom has drowned. Funnel-webs have been known to survive 24-30 hours under water.

We have a more detailed and scientific article related to the Sydney Funnel-Web as well as other Funnel-Web species.

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The Red-back Spider

Redbacks are common in urban habitats such as garden sheds, under steps or logs and around swimming pools or piles of rubbish. They build webs in dry, sheltered sites, often with the upper part of the web hidden from sunlight. The spider hides in a funnel-shaped retreat at the top of the web. The lower part of the web consists of a forest of mostly vertical, sticky catching threads. (We have more information on the Redback Spider, read it up if you wanna learn more about this infamous spider.)
Recently a customer enquired about whether red-backs become more aggressive when they have recently laid eggs or when they are around their egg sacs and although it is hard to gauge the occurrences there are definitely reports of female red backs charging people and insects that get near their egg sacs. Whether this is in self defence or in defence of their egg sacs is uncertain.
When it comes to red backs the female is definitely the more aggressive of the two and the majority of serious bites come from the female red back. Even though they have such an infamous reputation they tend to avoid contact with humans and are often seen scurrying behind or beneath some rubble or debris around the home. Bites are commonly found on the neck and extremities, due to the spider hiding in helmets, gloves, boots, and other working gear that might be left outside, eventually resulting in a bite when someone dons the gear and encounters a red back!

 

Treatment

Surface sprays applied directly will kill Redback Spiders. However treatment must be repeated often to deal with spiders which are carried in on the wind.

 

An effective way of controlling Redbacks is to carry out regular inspections of suitable Redback habitats, searching for spiders and their webs. The spiders may be removed by pushing a stick into the back of the web and twisting the web, spider and any egg sacs around it. If all the webs on a property are removed, new arrivals will quickly become apparent by the presence of new webs.

Precautions

As Redbacks generally make their webs under some form of shelter, they are often not seen. Check any potential web sites before putting your hands there. Wear gloves when gardening.
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The White-tailed Spider (we have a detailed article here)
As White-tailed Spiders do not make webs, there are no signs to look for, other than the presence of the spiders themselves. They are often found in bathrooms and laundries.

 

Treatment
These spiders are both nomadic and common, so any control measure will be only a short term solution. If there is a population of these spiders in your area, then they are likely to re-enter houses after the effects of insecticides have worn off.

 

Precautions
If you know that White-tailed Spiders are present in your area, check your shoes and clothing before wearing them. It is also sensible to check for them in bedding and laundry. White-tails are normally active at night. Any wandering spiders seen indoors should be removed from the house.

 

Other Spiders
There is usually no need to control other species of spider. If an orb-weaving spider consistently builds a web across a frequently-used path, the spider may be moved to a safer site. (Read more on Orb Weavers!)

 

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Black House or Window Spiders are shy, and are quick to hide in the retreat at the back of their webs if disturbed. Webs are often made in the corners of windows, and may have a funnel-shaped retreat in which the spider shelters. The web may be removed using a broom, or a stick (the same method as for Redbacks), and the spider deposited outside.

It should be noted that Black House Spiders are known to kill and eat Redback Spiders, and that their presence may reduce the chances of large Redback populations becoming established in your area. On the other hand, they are a favoured food of the White-tailed Spider.

Wandering spiders such as wolf spiders (article on Wolf Spiders)and huntsman spiders are best dealt with on an individual basis when encountered. They should be left alone if in the garden, or removed from a house using a broom. They are fast moving, but not normally aggressive. (Read up on this interesting spider here!)

Huntsman spiders can be disconcerting when they jump off walls to make their escape, or appear unexpectedly in your car. Make sure car windows and doors are closed when the car is parked – particularly at night. If a spider is found in a car but evades capture, it can be encouraged to leave by parking the car in a warm place. (We have more info and tips on the Huntsman Spider)

Like Funnel-webs, Brown Trapdoor Spiders and mouse spiders are often found in swimming pools, or unearthed during gardening or construction work. Male trapdoor spiders wander during summer and autumn. They make a burrow with a neat silk collar around the inside, and no trip-lines radiating outwards.

Male mouse spiders are more common later in the year – wandering from April to June – and tend to be active by day. Males of the two species common in New South Wales are easily recognisable by having either a red head and jaw area (Red-headed Mouse Spider), or a pale blue-white patch in front of the abdomen (Eastern Mouse Spider). All female mouse spiders are dark brown to black. The female Red-headed Mouse Spider makes a deep burrow closed above by two trapdoors set a right angles to each other.

Precautions for both trapdoor and mouse spiders are the same as for Funnel-webs. As they are often confused with the Funnel-web, it is wise to treat any bite with caution, especially if the bite is on a child. Trapdoor spider venom is not considered to be dangerous to humans. The venom of mouse spiders, on the other hand, may be highly toxic, and bites should be taken seriously. If possible, capture the spider and have it positively identified, then have appropriate spider control to get populations down to a safe level.

We have a more in depth article regarding the Trapdoor Spider species that you can read for more specific habits, characteristics and distribution of this spider species.

First Aid
For all spiders, except Funnel-web spiders and mouse spiders, the only first aid necessary is the application of an ice-pack to relieve pain, if needed. If symptoms are serious or persist, seek medical attention, and always do so in the case of a Redback Spider bite. For suspected Funnel-web or mouse spider bites, a pressure bandage should be applied to the bitten area as soon as possible, and the victim kept quiet and medical attention sought.
Call Bruce on 0417 251 911 or send us a message if you have a problem with spider control.
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