According to the News Australia, a new species of ‘peacock’ spider has been discovered. Yes, that’s right. This is a new discovery for a country already brimming with eight-legged creatures.
The truth is, Aussies aren’t new to the spider epidemic, especially since the rainy season this year contributed to the problem.
And while spiders may not be your favourite creatures to look at, they are fascinating to learn about. However, the last thing you want is to keep an uninvited guest in your house feeling welcomed.
One of the worst things about spiders is that they have a penchant for showing up in places we least expect them to be. In bathrooms, underneath the table, on the staircases—these are some of the many places they like to hide.
Depending on the species, some of them go unnoticed until you have a full-blown infestation. And because they come in various shapes and sizes, it makes some species even harder to detect!
Types of Spiders in Australia
Did you know spiders have been ranked number 7 for diversity? There are hundreds of species of spiders, with Australia hosting 2,400 different species!
Here are a few of the most dangerous species in Australia:
1. The Sydney Funnel-Webs
It’s probably the deadliest spider in the world (unless there’s a new discovery, of course) because of the venom inside its body. It produces a highly toxic venom which it injects using its large fangs.
Luckily, they are mostly found in the forests of New South Wales. But they can also be found in urban areas, crawling into backyards to hide from humidity.
Although their size is 1.5cm, their fangs are larger than a snake’s! Sometimes they can be found lurking near swimming pools.
Unfortunately, there are more than 40 types of funnel-web spiders. Luckily, anti-venom has been developed and has proven to be highly effective against these critters.
They’re more active during in warmer months, mainly March and November.
2. Redneck Spider
If nightmares had a new name, it would be ‘Redneck Spider’. This type of spider is common in urban areas, hiding in shelters and mailboxes. While there’s no fixed number of redneck spider bites, around 2000 are reported every year.
The female redback spiders are the ones that bite the most and are 1cm in size, being bigger than their male counterparts. What sets these spiders apart from others is that they have a red marking on their back, hence their name.
Once victim, the victim will be in excruciating pain. Depending on the severity of the bite, the pain can last for hours. Other than this, lethargy and nausea are common symptoms.
3. Mouse Spiders
Not as friendly as Mickey Mouse, mouse spiders are found near rivers and waterways. Unfortunately, their venom and bite is similar to funnel-web spiders. This can make them difficult to tell apart. Luckily, they are less aggressive than funnel-web spiders and are known to be lethargic. However, when provoked, they can prove to be a ferocious enemy.
They are active during daytime, unlike other species of spiders.
4. Trap-Door Spiders
Trap-door spiders are excellent at camouflaging, hence their name. This helps them lure in prey. They’re common in urban areas but depending, their bite can cause minor problems for humans. If the person is sensitive, their bite can lead to nausea, malaise and lethargy.
While spiders are scary, remember that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Calling a spider pest control services can help prevent the problem from taking place.
A professional pest control service can also help identify areas in your house that are vulnerable to spiders.
Masters Pest Control Sydney uses effective tools and products to remove spiders without any problems. The products used by their specialists for treatments are child and pet-friendly.
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