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What Are the Common Types of Pest Spiders in Australia

Australia is known for housing all types of critters and creepy crawlies. In fact, you can find around 2,000 different species of spiders in Australia. While a lot of these are found mostly in the wild, some species tend to live in homes, resulting in major pest spider problems. 

Mouse Spiders

Mouse spiders are a member of the funnel web family. As the name suggests, these spiders are the size of a mouse. They are found in the Sydney metropolitan area. They build their webs in the dark, quiet areas of homes and are known to hunt at night. Although mouse spiders have more toxic venom than that of the Sydney Funnel Web spider, they are still less lethal than the Red Back spider.

However, unlike the Red Back spider, Mouse spiders are not aggressive and tend to run away from people rather than bite them. Sadly, this does not stop people from panicking when they see a mouse spider. You don’t see a mouse spider often, but when you do, it is likely you will see it running around like mad or trying to hide.

Red Back Spider

The Red Back spider is a member of the widow spider group. It is found in most parts of Australia, including the city and country areas. The Red Back spider is a brown spider with a red stripe on its back. It has a fiddle-shaped marking on its back. Unlike the Mouse spider, the Red Back spider has been known to attack humans.

Red Back spiders are common in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Their venom is the most toxic of all spider species in Australia, and the venom is 30 times more potent than the venom of a Black Widow spider (and this is the most toxic spider in North America). However, because Red Back spiders have such potent venom, they don’t need to bite humans. In fact, they rarely bite humans.

Huntsman Spiders

Huntsman spiders are also referred to as giant crab spiders or giant wood spiders. This is because they look like crabs or wood. They are found in the Sydney metropolitan area and are black with yellow hairs.

Huntsman spiders are not known to be aggressive, but they are known to be very fast. They also have strong fangs designed to pierce through their prey. They are also known as a pest because you see them in homes, and they can get quite big.

Funnel Web Spiders

Funnel Web spiders are found in Sydney and the Blue Mountains. They are black with a silvery-white underbelly. They have furry-looking legs, and the males have red stripes on their legs. The females are usually bigger than the males. They have three eyes, the third of which is the main eye.

Funnel Web spiders are common in Sydney and the Blue Mountains. They are not aggressive and will only bite when threatened. The venom can cause nausea, vomiting and muscular cramping. However, Funnel Web spider venom is not fatal.

Final Thoughts

Although these spiders are not aggressive, they can be dangerous. They are also commonly found in homes, especially Sydney homes. If you have a pest spider problem, it is important to get professional help in order to safely remove the spiders.

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