Generally, spiders have eight legs, two-part bodies, fangs and organs that spin webs. Spiders are essential to our ecosystem as they prey on insects and keep their populations under control.
Australia has about 2,000 species of spider but most are relatively harmless to humans. Since the introduction of antivenom, there have been no recorded deaths in Australia from a confirmed Spider bite. Seek immediate medical help for bites from a funnel-web, mouse, red-back or white-tailed spider.
Spider-proof your home
It may be impossible to eradicate spiders from your garden, but you can stop most spiders from living in your house. Suggestions include:
- Clear away trees, shrubs and bushes from around doors or windows
- Avoid insecticides in the garden, as spiders may be encouraged to flee into the house
- Fit draught-strips to all doors. Spiders may crawl in under doors
- Install flyscreens to windows and any vents, such as wall ventilation slots
- Install weather-strips on doors to stop most spiders from entering your house
- Don't leave equipment or clothing (such as shoes) outside. If you do, shake out before you wear them or bring them inside the house
- Keep the windows of your parked car wound up to avoid being surprised by a spider while you're driving
- Pour boiling water (from a kettle) into any Spider holes you find near doorways and windows. This will kill the spider
- Consult with a licensed pest control operator for professional advice
- Always wear gloves, long trousers and shoes while gardening
- Wear shoes when walking around in the garden
- Inspect any suspected spider web or lair with a stick (or something similar), not your hands
- Shake out shoes before you put them on
- Do not leave clothes on the floor - if you do, shake them out before you put them on
- Instruct children not to touch spiders
- Don't assume that a spider at the bottom of a swimming pool is dead. Some spiders can survive on an air bubble for 24 hours or more.
Council Health Services provides basic advice on the control of spiders. It is recommended that a pest control operator is engaged for more extensive
Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
P. 1300 322 322
Council's 1300 322 322 is also the afterhours number to report emergency matters including dog attacks or threating animals.