Known for their slender legs, dark brown or black pea shaped bodies and red hourglass shape on the lower side of their abdomen, the redback spider can often be found in logs, under rocks or hiding in the bushes. In suburban areas, the Redback Spider is known to live under roof eaves, in the garden and under floorboards. The female Redback Spider is venomous, and if bitten you may experience pain, swelling and sweating and in serious cases, severe illness or death. One of the key characteristics of aRedback Spider is their messy and untidy webs which helps them prey on insects, spiders, crickets and small lizards. The removal of Redback Spider can be done by clearing webs, tidying gardens and removing unwanted storage, however it is recommended that a professional does this to avoid potential bites and prevent future problems.
Daddy Long Legs
Daddy Long Legs are easily recognised by their extremely long, skinny legs, and small brownish bodies. They are often found in sheltered locations such as under furniture, behind doors, ceiling corners, sheds, garages and under surfaces. If disturbed, these creatures tend to shake abruptly, becoming a blur to anyone watching and escape. It is believed that these creatures produce a venom, however, as it is produced in such small quantities, it is not harmful to humans.
Golden Orb Weaving Spider
The Golden Orb Weaving Spider is known to be very large with a silvery-grey coloured torso and brown and yellow striped legs. Often found in dry forest woodlands, coastal shrublands and mangrove areas, the Golden Orb spends its time weaving suspended, sticky, oval-shaped webs. Their webs often have a yellow tinge to them and are so strong that they can trap flies, moths, cicadas and sometimes small birds or bats. Whilst these spiders appear scary, they are reluctant to bite however, if bitten a mild pain, numbness and swelling may occur.
The Huntsman Spider is large, furry, has long legs and are mostly grey to brown in colour. People mistake the Huntsman as a tarantula. Most huntsman species have a flattened body which has been adapted for living in narrow spaces. They are known to live under rocks, logs, loose bark on trees, stumps and in foliage. On rainy days and in warm weather, they are often spotted inside homes, on walls and ceilings. The Huntsman Spider does not bite unless they are provoked. If bitten, a cold ice pack can relieve pain and swelling. If a Huntsman Spider lives in your house, do not move suddenly as they can scatter very quickly. It is recommended that you slowly place a container over them and move them back into the backyard.