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An encounter with a spider is a terrifying experience for many people. Spiders look creepy and many of us have heard or had bad experiences with them. These things sure don’t help us in our fear of spiders, not to mention the fact that they often emerge from their hiding places when we least expect it and catch us by surprise. Some people would regard the fear of spiders as irrational so it is important to ask the question…….

ARE SPIDERS REALLY DANGEROUS?

Well, it depends which spiders we are talking about. The following list serves to give you an idea of which spiders need to be treated with caution and which ones shouldn’t send you into too much of a panic:

Daddy Long Legs – as the name suggests these are the spiders with a smallish body and long gangly legs. Most garages seem to be host to them. A myth exists that these are a highly venomous spider that is unable to affect humans because of short fangs. Contrary to popular belief these spiders can actually penetrate human skin but bites involve only a short discomfort. It is untrue that they are highly venomous. Should the effect of a bite last longer than a brief stinging sensation, medical attention should be sought.
Huntsman – these spiders are super scary looking, like those black rubber toys that we’ve all used to prank someone! Their bodies are up to 2cm in size but the large span of their legs means their total size can be as much as 15cms. Their usual home is under the bark on trees or beneath rocks. Occasionally they find their way into homes and cars. These spiders can give a nasty bite which may be relieved with a cold pack, if symptoms persist medical attention should be sought.
Red Back – This spider is black with a red stripe on its back. Their size ranges from 3mm to around a cm. Redbacks must be treated with much caution as bites, although many are ineffective because of the small jaw size of the spider, can be very serious. A bite from a redback can cause serious illness and even death. Anti-venom may need to be administered by your health professional in the case of a serious bite

HOW DO SPIDERS GET INTO MY HOUSE?

Spiders enter our buildings by a variety of methods. They may enter through the gap around garage doors, through windows, hidden in objects carried into the home. Another common point of entry is via your ceiling. They spin on their webs from neighbouring trees, land on your roof, then nest in your ceiling, at times entering the home via light fittings etc.

CAN SPIDERS CAN BE KEPT OUT OF MY HOUSE?

The best approach to keep spiders out of the areas that humans occupy involve:

Ensure physical barriers are intact e.g. fly screens fit neatly and are free from tears
Treat the exterior of the house from the gutter to the ground with a residual product that makes it unattractive for the spider to harbour here.
Treat the ceiling cavity with an insecticidal dust
Treat window frames and sills with a residual repellent product to deter entry

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