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Australia, apart from the famous Great Barrier Reef and the stunning Outback is unfortunately synonymous for flies, poisonous snakes and spiders. Those living in the colder parts of the planet do not get to experience the joy of flies swarming over a picnic table, snakes slithering into back yards or spiders on the toilet seat!

Although insects and reptiles have their place in the grand scheme of things, the likes of spiders though are considered pests. GC Pest Control throughout the years of providing pest control treatments on the Gold Coast, in Brisbane and Ipswich are able to easily identify and treat unwanted spiders. Our spider treatments are most successful in keeping your home spider free ensuring you and your family are safe from encountering one of Australia’s most popular and or poisonous spiders:

Redback Spider

A well know spider indigenous to Australia is the Redback Spider. Typically, the adult female, being larger to the male, is the most recognisable being black in colour with a red stripe on the upper side of its abdomen. These spiders are venomous and are harmful to humans and lead to the majority of spider bite statistics in Australia. Its preferred habitat is a warm and protected place which usually is in close proximity to or inside our homes, so can easily come into contact a home’s human inhabitants.

Redback spiders spin a messy web to catch insects, other spiders and some small reptiles and kill them by injecting venom through its fangs.

Hunstman Spider

Huntsman spiders are found throughout Australia and can grow to one of the largest sizes of spider species, up to 15cms. These spiders also feed on insects, smaller spiders and tiny lizards. Not renowned for biting humans, they are more recognisable for their large black, hairy bodies and their ability to move at incredible speed. These spiders are considered a pest due to their intimidating size and the fact that they cause more fright than bite to humans.

Sydney Funnel Web

This fearsome spider has fangs that can rival a snakes and is considered the deadliest spider in Australia. Found in Sydney and NSW, this spider is not to be trifled with as they can become aggressive if threatened.

Having a dark coloured, glossy body they usually live in a burrow in warm, moist sheltered areas with a funnel like entrance. Existing on insects, lizards and frogs, the male of the species is more venomous than the female.

Daddy Long Leg

Possessing very long legs, Daddy Long Legs are a very common spider in our Gold Coast, Brisbane and Ipswich homes. Spinning untidy webs usually in a corner, these spiders eat insects, other spiders, flies and beetles. Although poisonous, their fangs are so miniscule that even if they could penetrate the skins of a human they do not pose a risk.

Golden Orb Spider

Characteristically these large spiders weave even larger webs that have tremendous strength, strong enough to catch small birds. These are the webs you see usually cast between trees or from one building to another, or from fences and washing lines.

Generally hiding during the day, at night the Golden Orb Spider eats the insects, flies, beetles and other spiders that have been caught during the day in their strong webs.

Mouse Spider

Mouse spiders look formidable with a large bulbous head and smooth, shiny body. There are 8 known species of the Mouse Spider throughout Australia but aren’t relatively common in our suburban Gold Coast, Brisbane and Ipswich back yards.

Typically preferring areas near rivers or waterways, Mouse spiders aren’t particularly aggressive. Mouse spiders are active in daylight hours rather than at night. Their diet consists of insects, other spiders, frogs and small lizards.

White Tail Spider

A common spider in Australia, the White Tail Spider are dark red or grey in colour with orange markings on their legs. Preferring to live hidden in bush like areas underneath rocks, wood, mulch and leaf litter these spiders eat other spiders.

Tarantulas

Tarantulas are a large, threatening looking, brown or black hairy spider that can provide a painful but not fatal bite to humans if messed with. Tarantulas mostly feed on insects, other spiders, small lizards and frogs. Preferring to live in dry, well drained soil, they will dig a burrow and are night time hunters who pounce on their prey.

If the mere thought of encountering just a few of Australia’s many spiders has your spine tingling, give the professional pest control company, GC Pest Control a call. We have specialized pest control treatments that can rid your home of spiders in no time, giving you back your peace of mind.

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