Spiders: Common Species Found in SE-Queensland

Controlling Spiders

From the kitchen you hear, “Aaaaggghhhh!” You run to investigate, thinking that one of your family members is facing a zombie apocalypse, only to find your family member frozen on the spot staring, speaking in jibberish, and pointing to a spider!

Spiders get a bad wrap as some people are absolutely traumatised by them, and many others are apprehensive and fearful of them. South-East Queensland has its fair share of venomous spiders, but there are also far more species which are completely harmless.

In warmer weather, and particularly in the warm humid conditions in South-East Queensland, pests in general, and certainly spiders, are more plentiful.

Different species demonstrate different behaviours and can be found in different habitats around your home. Some spin webs, some don’t. Some you might find up high in the corner of a room, others running across the wall or floor, while others in the middle of a sticky web in the garden.

Common Spider Species Found in South-East Queensland

There are many spider species and variants found in South-East Queensland but the four listed here are common:

Redback

Redback Spider | Image courtesy of Bio-Medical Sciences Lab at Uni of Melbourne

Redback spiders build tangled webs under ledges and garden shrubs fairly low to the ground. They like shady spots in warm weather conditions. They are not generally found inside the house. They are fairly small, black, and the females have the famous red mark on their bodies. The venom of the female can cause death or severe illness and the bite causes severe pain. Never try and get rid of these spiders by yourself, always contact a professional pest control technician.

Huntsman

Huntsman Spider | Image courtesy of Find-a-Spider Guide

Huntsman spiders are quite large, females can grow up to approximately 4.5cm. They can be found under loose bark and very often venture into houses. They range in colour from brown to grey and even black and are very hairy with thick legs. Their bite can cause illness but they are not deadly.

Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs Spider | Image courtesy of Australian Geographic

Daddy Long Legs spin thin tangled webs which can be found in upper corners of rooms. Their distinguishing feature is their very long legs. One of their characteristics is that when the web is disturbed, the female shakes violently. They produce a venom which was once believed to be the most venomous of all spiders but this has been proven as a myth. They do produce a venom but it is not as venomous as once believed, and produced in such small quantities as to not be harmful to humans.

Golden Orb

Golden Orb Spider | Image courtesy of Find-a-Spider Guide

Golden Orb spiders spin big yellow very strong sticky webs between trees or poles in the garden, which they use to capture insects. You will definitely know it when you walk into their webs! They are not aggressive, nor harmful to humans.

What to Do if You Have a Spider Infestation

If you find a few spiders of the same species around your home within a short space of time, you might have an infestation. Spiders produce offspring at an alarming rate, so you should have your home checked by a qualified pest control technician.

DIY spray insecticides from the supermarket will kill the spider, but they won’t get rid of an infestation. Depending on the species, a professional pest control technician will use a combination of sprays, baits, and dust to evict these pests from your house for good.

Sources:
Redback - http://www.findaspider.org.au/find/spiders/302.htm
Redback Image -https://biomedicalsciences.unimelb.edu.au/departments/pharmacology/engage/avru/discover/spiders/redback-spiderslatrodectus-hasselti
Daddy Long Legs - https://www.abrittonsguidetothegoldcoast.com/spidersonthegoldcoast.htm
Daddy Long Legs Image - https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/blogs/creatura-blog/2018/10/the-daddy-longlegs-myth-that-we-keep-falling-for/
Huntsman - http://www.findaspider.org.au/find/spiders/402.htm
Golden Orb - http://www.findaspider.org.au/find/spiders/116.htm

Spider Pest Control

Spider pest control

Since spiders, too, lay eggs at an alarming rate—many lay thousands at a time—you need to move quickly to eradicate a spider infestation. They like damp, dark areas, and often build their webs in the corners of your home.

These biting pests inject toxins along with their bite—some can be fatal if untreated—so it’s important to get them out of your home. Depending on the species, we use sprays, baits, and dust to evict these eight-legged pests from your home for good.

Pest Control for Bedbugs

Bed bug

Difficult to identify because they only come out at night, these tiny creatures feast on your blood. If you see rusty-coloured spots on your bedding or tiny casings on your floor, you might have a bedbug infestation.

Bedbugs hatch in about 12 days. At about five eggs a day for each female, that’s a lot of bedbugs in a short time. Call us immediately if you suspect a bedbug infestation.

We’ll use an effective insecticide to kill the bugs and their remaining eggs. Then, we’ll advise you to wash any infected bedding in hot water to ensure they won’t come back.

Control Mosquito Invasions with Suburban Pest Management

Control mosquitoes with pest control

Flying blood-suckers who know how to ruin the perfect summer day, mosquitoes carry dangerous diseases, including the Zika virus.

To treat mosquitoes, we find areas of standing water around your yard and garden since that’s where mosquitoes lay their eggs and where their larvae mature. When you drain these areas, you’ll have gotten rid of a large part of the problem. We often use attractant lights and pheromone products that attract and trap mosquitoes inside the product itself for a neat, effective solution. We also may use fogging to eradicate the adult mosquitoes around your property and advise you to check your yard and garden regularly and to dump even the smallest bit of standing water lying around.

Get Rid of Wasps with Proactive Pest Control

Proactive pest control eliminates wasps

These stinging, flying insects reproduce quickly, maturing in 22 days after the female lays an egg. Many people are allergic to their stings, too, making them doubly dangerous.

At Suburban Pest Management, we find and destroy all the nests we find, spraying them to make sure that any stray wasps will be killed on contact with the chemical when they return. On our regular check-ups, we’ll look for any new nest starts and eliminate them immediately.

How to Control Flies

Pest control stops fly-borne diseases

These disease-spreading insects fly fast and lay eggs at a rate of 150 per day. We use sprays, baits, traps, and UV lights to get rid of them. We also inspect your property and eliminate any areas that attract flies or allow them to breed easily.

We’ll advise you on ways to prevent any future fly infestations as well. Always cover garbage receptacles tightly. As soon as you finish preparing and eating meals, clean up right away so no crumbs or stray water spills are left on the countertop.

How to Control Fleas and Ticks

Control ticks that spread blood-borne diseases

Because these animals transmit parasites, like tapeworms, to both you and your pets, as well as blood-and saliva-borne diseases, they are dangerous to you and your four-legged companions.

With an adult female flea laying four to eight eggs after every (blood) meal, they are difficult to get rid of. It takes a partnership among you, your veterinarian, and your pest control provider to fully rid your home and its premises of these creatures.

Your veterinarian will recommend a monthly preventative to administer to your pets either orally, or on your pets’ skin. We will spray, fog, and use a chemical called an insect growth regulator to treat your home and surrounds.

With careful attention and close partnership with the pest control experts at Suburban and your veterinarian, you’ll be able to eliminate these pests from your home and premises.

How to Eliminate Textile Pests

Carpet beetles and clothes moths do a lot of damage to your wardrobe, upholstery, carpeting, and other household textiles. Although their maturation time from egg to adult can be up to a year, we need to catch them early on so they don’t damage your valuable textiles. Also, with case-making clothes moths, they can damage the carpet beneath furnishings where you can’t see them.

We use sprays to kill these pests and advise you to wash all the suspected clothes or other furnishings with hot water. During our check-ups, we’ll make sure these destructive houseguests don’t return to do more damage.

Getting Rid of Mice and Rats

Get rid of mice and rats

Despite their often cute appearance, these rodents are nothing even close to cute inside your home. Spreading disease wherever they go, they traipse through your pantry and garbage, feeding off whatever they find and tracking their germs throughout your home.

We use targeted, locked baits that eliminate the pests, yet pose no threat to your family, guests,  or household pets. If we find places where they may have entered your home, such as small cracks or gaps in window or door seals, we seal these areas up so they can’t come back.

Pest Control for Silverfish

Pest control for silverfish

Another lover of the dark and damp, silverfish prefer to make their homes in your bathroom and kitchen, your basement, or your roof void. They eat paper in your stored boxes—sometimes the box itself—glue, textiles, or stored food.

They spread germs as they sneak around your home in search of food. We target these pests with chemicals that are specially designed to eradicate them. After we leave, we’ll check your home on a periodic basis for as long as your contract lasts.

Keep your home well-dusted and vacuumed and store your food in tightly sealed containers, and you’ll make it clear to silverfish that they’re not welcome in your home.

Pantry Moth Pest Control

Pantry moths burrow into your dry goods for a feed and then emerge to mate to continue their life cycle. Keep these destructive pests out of your pantry with effective pest control from Suburban.

Pantry moths are difficult to eliminate without professional pest removal. To get the larvae and eggs that are inside your food, you need the specially targeted pesticides and other products only available from pest professionals.

These pesticides won’t harm your family, your pets, or the environment, like over-the-counter pesticides do, but they’ll put an end to the pantry moths’ life cycle.

Find an Exterminator Who Knows Brisbane’s Common Pests

At Suburban Pest Management, our local technicians have years of experience with Brisbane and the Gold Coast’s pest populations. Well-trained on exterminating all the pest common to our area, our pest inspectors and technicians will have your home free from pests for the long run.

With our proven track record, attested to by our many Brisbane and Gold Coast customers’ pest control reviews, Suburban delivers the goods when it comes to effective pest control.

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