Spider Treatment Guide
Australia is home to some of the world’s most poisonous spiders. Spiders in Australia can be put into two main categories- Web spinning spiders such as Redback Spider, Black House Spider and Daddy Long Legs and Ground dwelling spiders including Funnel Web Spider, Huntsman and White-Tailed Spider.
Web Spinning Spiders live within their web, they will usually spin these in areas that are protected such as under house eaves, under tables and chairs, tree hollows, under rocks, in garages/sheds and letterboxes.
RedBack Spiders- The Redback spider prefers dark and dry conditions and for this reason the female Redback will spin webs in sheltered areas such as under tables and chairs, tree hollows, under rocks, in garages/sheds and letterboxes.
Black House Spider - Generally lives on trees, logs and rock walls however they are often found in homes, around windows, eaves, cornices and doorways.
Daddy Long Legs- The Daddy Long Legs Spider often inhabits homes, it will commonly spin its webs in sheltered places where it will be undisturbed such as behinds doors, under/behind furniture, in garages and sheds and in the corner of ceilings.
Funnel Web Spider- Funnel webs often have a preference for humid conditions and because of this will spin its web in moist sands and clays. Despite this preference, funnel webs can also be found under rocks as well as tunnelled into tree trunks and limbs.
Hunstman- Hunstman are found in crevices of tree trunks as well as under bark and rocks and commonly find their way into our homes and cars.
White Tailed Spider- White-Tailed Spiders inhabit gardens and houses commonly found under leaf litter, logs, bark and rocks within the home they can be found in bedding, shoes and clothes left on the ground and inside towel folds.
Why are Spiders a problem?
There are a variety of reason why Spiders are an undesirable guest in our homes. Depending on the species, Spider bites can be quite serious requiring urgent medical attention. Aside from their potential to harm your family some Spiders cause messy webbing around your home and others can just be downright scary!
Learn how to get rid of spiders with this easy to follow treatment guide.
Inspecting for Spiders
When checking for Spiders around your home look for webbing as well as spider activity focusing on protected areas such as:
- under house eaves
- undertables and chairs
- tree hollows
- under rocks and garden debris
- in garages/sheds
- under and in letterboxes
- Remove excess vegetation in the yard.
- Brush down or vacuum any webbing around the home and yard, do not brush downs webs that have spiders in them.
- Remove old/unused structures around your yard and clean any rubbish or debris, this will help reduce places for Spiders to harbour.
How to Get Rid of Spiders
Step 1- Treat Inside
Option 1. Ready to Use Apply Sumiblast Crack and Crevice Residual Aerosol to window sills, skirting boards and cornices where spider webs are found.
For direct kill hold can upright and spray spider from a distance of 15-20cm.
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Option 2. Pyrate Natural Insecticide Concentrate To treat 100m2 mix 125-170mL of Pyrate Natural Insecticide into 1.125 - 1.53L of water and apply spray to window sills, skirting boards and cornices where spiders are found.
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Step 2- Treat Outside
For maximum spider control use Webzone Termiticide & Insecticide as a two-part treatment.
- Crack and crevice- For rapid knockdown and maximum residual protection apply 25mL of Webzone Termiticide and Insecticide per 5L water to areas where spider activity has been found pay particular attention to protected dark areas such as cracks and crevices, under floors, eaves and under backyard furniture.
- Overall band spray of surfaces- apply at the same rate above as a coarse, low pressure surface spray to areas where spiders hide, frequent and rest such as in cracks of weatherboards and under and around window and door frames. Spray to the point of run-off using around 5 L of spray mixtureper 100 m and ensuring thorough coverage of the treated surfaces.
Always read product label prior to use.