Posted February 22, 2018 by Sarah Malone
Australia is known for containing some of the world’s deadliest creatures. Not all spiders are dangerous and it is important to know which ones to stand clear of and how to determine if you have a spider infestation at home which you need to take care of.
How to Identifying if you have a Spider Problem
There are a range of different spider species which are found in all different environments so it is important to keep a look out around hidden dark areas of the house and garden.
Keep an eye out for their hiding spots
Spiders can build webs which can be orbed or funnel shaped depending on the type and size of the spider or can also be found in a burrow or wondering around a hiding in cracks and crevices.
Some spiders are attracted to damp areas such as sheds, sub floor areas under the house, thick gardens etc where others will like a dryer environment such as the roof void, around your furniture and stored goods or on walls and in cupboards.
Spiders will make a home where their food source is close at hand and if you find you are noticing a higher than usual insect increase around your home then spiders won’t be too far away.
It is important to also keep an eye out for spider egg sacks. On average each sack can contain around 100 eggs. If you notice a spider sack it could mean you will have more spiders infesting your home.
When to treat for Spiders
Now that we are getting close to Autumn you may notice a higher then usual spider population around your property. This is due to the breeding season in which they start to look for a mate. Spiders tend to go back into hiding towards the end of Autumn and will hibernates over winter ready to emerge with the warmer weather.
Treating your home is personal preference. We find that some clients like to see the spiders dying so that they know the treatment is in full force and other clients don’t want to see spiders at all and prefer to have the treatment carried out before they start to rebuild their webs. There is never a wrong time to treat for the control of spiders and most treatments last for around 8-12 months depending on weather and cleaning patterns throughout the year.
What to do if you notice spiders around your property
When you spot a spider, it is best to leave them alone. Most spiders found around the home are not life threatening however as Australia does hold some very dangerous spiders it is best to call in professionals to help reduce any risk to you or your family.
For More Information about Spiders, please see our spider identification page. https://www.pestalert.com.au/spiders