The spiders inhabiting your household are generally categorized as ground-dwelling spiders and webbing spiders:
Ground-dwelling spiders prevalent in Southeast QLD and northern NSW comprise Funnel-web spiders, Huntsman Spiders, Garden Wolf Spiders, Mouse Spiders, Trapdoor spiders, White-tailed Spiders, and Wolf Spiders. These arachnids are typically discovered beneath stones, logs, wood accumulations, within the recesses of brick and stone walls, in sheds and outbuildings, machinery, and low-lying foliage.
Webbing spiders, commonly encountered in Southeast QLD and northern NSW, encompass St. Andrew’s Cross Spiders, Weaving Spiders, Redback Spiders, Daddy-long-legs Spiders, Black House Spiders, Cupboard Spiders, Garden Orb Spiders, Golden Orb Weaving Spiders, and Silver Orb Weaving Spiders. These spiders are known for constructing their intricate webs around windows, guttering, architraves, corners, curtains, railings, and light fixtures.
Tips for reducing the number of spiders in your home:
- Seal up all cracks and crevices around your property,
- Keep the foliage around your property well-trimmed and off the property walls,
- Keep your property as free of clutter and stored goods as much as is reasonably practical,
- Remove any spider webs that you find,
- Keep your property well ventilated and free of excess moisture,
- Spray or vacuum up any spiders that you find.
What to do if someone has been bitten by a spider
If you think someone may have been bitten by a poisonous spider, don’t wait for symptoms to occur, call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26 for first aid advice.
If the person has collapsed or is not breathing, call Triple Zero (000) and ask for an ambulance.
Where possible try to identify the spider, taking a photo can help with this, else write down any distinguishing features and markings that you can see.
Do not try to capture the spider unless safe to do so.