The Australian Wolf Spider: Is It Dangerous?

I suppose it is quite surprising that up until now I haven’t written anything about Wolf Spiders. I was reminded to do so though, when Mike made a comment on my post What It’s Really Like to Be Bitten by a Redback Spider.

Mike was bitten by a spider the other day; he thinks it was a Wolf Spider.

Well, if he was, what is going to happen to him? Are Australian Wolf Spiders dangerous?

That largely depends not on who you are, but what you are.

The Australian Wolf Spider

I’ve probably seen quite a few of these spiders since I’ve been here in Australia, and to be honest, they look just like any other spider. They are big, but not massive. Around 25 mm in length, that’s about 1 inch, although I’ve heard some can get a fair bit bigger than that.

Apparently, here in Australia, we have over 400 species of Wolf Spiders.

I took a photograph of some spiders who intruded into my home in the early days; in hindsight I’m guessing that these are all Wolf Spiders…

Wolf Spider 1

Wolf Spider 2

Wolf Spider 3These pictures first appeared in my post called Spiders – There’s Good News and There’s Bad News and at the time I speculated that the first picture may even have been a Funnel Web Spider. Today though, I really doubt that.

I put it down to the paranoia of a newly arrived immigrant in Australia.

Wikipedia, of course, have a much better photograph of the Wolf Spider…

WolfieAnyway, Mike is almost certainly going to be just fine. According to my critter Bible, the Wolf Spider bite is likely to “Cause mild to local effects, including itchiness, red welts, bruising, a rapid pulse rate, nausea, vomiting, faintness, leg weakness and prolonged headache.”

Not pleasant, but these spiders are not killers, not of humans anyway.

Obviously if you are an insect, then you are likely to be Wolf Spider dinner. But interestingly, if you are a cat or a dog, and you happen to get bitten by a Wolf Spider, you could be dead within half an hour!

That did surprise me, although it is impossible to put a number on it, so I’m not sure how big or small the problem might be.

On the plus side, Wolf Spiders are one of the very few creatures that can actually kill cane toads, as well as taking out other nasty spiders. So for that they should be our friends.

Now, I know I’ve already said this spider looks like any other spider, but the reality is that it doesn’t. It has eight legs like other spiders, but this particular spider also has eight eyes. For a spider, it has pretty good vision and as a hunter, it’s very fast.

Hence the name “wolf”.

This astonishing YouTube video will scare the life out of you if you don’t like spiders, the rest of you will be fascinated though. I don’t know what kind of camera they used for this, but you can make out every single detail of this spider and, dare I say, you can even pick out features of its face.

Spiders with personalised characteristics?

Is this the spider that bit you sir?

No, sorry, it’s not him. The spider that bit me had thicker eyebrows, a bigger gap between its fangs and a cheeky smile!

Check it out…

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  • John October 26, 2016, 1:22 pm | Link

    Oh… now I know what the identity of the spider in the hole in our yard must be. I shone a torch down the hole to try to see it, and clearly saw two reflective bright eyes looking back. I learned recently that one can hunt down a wolfy in the yard with a torch at night. It will reflect back, but no tail lights I suspect; just headlights.

    • BobinOz October 26, 2016, 6:42 pm | Link

      Same happens with crocodiles though, just saying 🙂

  • Daniel Johnson October 22, 2016, 10:36 am | Link

    I only came on here to share my story… i got bitten by something about 3 months ago… i never saw wat it was but i assumed a white tip or wolf spider.. 3 days later a pimple popped up that looked like a white head… thinking it was a pimple i popped it. From then on it became swollen and necriatic (black and pus and eating away my skin).. i saw the doc on two occasions, and got antibiotics which ended up healing the initial bite scene… but since then, about 5 or so pimples have appeared around the bite, more like welts, as they are just red spots..
    Tonite i caught a wolf spider in my home, last night i caught one too. I believe now that i was bitten by a wolf spider. Ive yet to see a white tail in my home so im sure it was a wolf… i live near a lake in Perth, Herdsman Lake. Now that the weather is warming up i fear that these lil buggers will be showing up more often.
    If any1 else out there in Perth has had the same expeirence id like to hear about it… as the doctors ive seen were useless in their knowledge of spider bites. As is google, wen it comes to Perth Wolf Spider bites. I can show a pic of my thigh, if any1 out there is studying these lil critters and the effects of their bite.

    • BobinOz October 23, 2016, 11:38 pm | Link

      Sounds pretty awful what you are going through, and it appears to be dragging on a bit now. I do hope you get it sorted and make a full recovery.

      Hopefully somebody in the Perth area will read your comment and be able to throw some light on what’s going on here. Get well soon, as they say, Bob

  • tapd0g January 20, 2016, 10:14 am | Link

    Interesting read. I found it after I got bitten one night by a spider and wasn’t sure what it was. I woke around midnight and got up to get a glass of water. There was a big wolf spider on the kitchen floor so I put it out. When I got back to bed I noticed a really intense stinging itch on my hand which became an ache that slowly spread up my arm. Followed by back spasms, rapid heart rate, nausea, abdo cramps. The next day and for several days the arm throbbed and especially the armpit. I checked around the backdoor and there was a redback web with a big mamma reddie in it. Either the wolfie came into the kitchen with me on my hand or clothes and got a nip in that I hadn’t noticed or I stuck my hand into mamma’s web when I was putting wolfie outside. Just happy it wasn’t worse.

  • Spiderman November 16, 2015, 1:04 pm | Link

    Please note that the comments about dogs and Wolf Spiders is incorrect.

    Wolf Spiders envenomation works the same with humans as it does in canines.

    Older people / Older dogs however might react more severely to a bite.
    People / Dogs with an allergic reaction might react more severely to a bite.
    People / Dogs with weakened immune systems or auto immune disorders will react more severely to a bite.

    Most people commonly confuse the wolf spider with black house spider, white tail spider, or funnel web, all which are deadly to dogs.

    Wolfies are nocturnal hunters (mainly to avoid becomming lunch for birds), so its rare to see them out of a day (unless their burrow is flooded).

    Our dog has a habit of rolling on the grass. In doing so, she’s picked up a fair few baby wolf spiders in her coat over the years. Then of course you pat her and you get them bite you. End result is a little bit of swelling around the bite (like hives) and itchiness. Same thing with our dog.

    • BobinOz November 27, 2015, 7:38 pm | Link

      Well, you might like to take that up with the Queensland Museum, they clearly state that the bite from the wolf spider is “Fatal to dogs and cats within 1 hour; no serious reactions reported from bites to humans, even to children.”. You can read about it on the Queensland Museum’s page about wolf spiders.

      There are quite a few other websites that talk about this problem as well, but to be fair there are also many other websites about the wolf spider that do not mention it. As you probably know, there are many different species of wolf spider, so maybe not all of them are dangerous to dogs and cats, but I’m pretty sure some of them are.

      Better to be safe than sorry.

    • Leah May 16, 2016, 9:27 pm | Link

      My mum has a book on identifying north queensland animals and it says that wolf spiders can kill cats and dogs.

    • Bill May 17, 2016, 2:50 am | Link

      Spiderman, my comments on Wolf Spiders are quite correct. As I have stated previously, don’t take my word for it – check it out for yourself. Bob has already posted the link for the Queensland Museum website backing these statements, but I would take it a step further, and contact them directly, namely, their head curator, Dr Robert Raven (Chairman of World Spider Catalogue Committee and the International Society of Arachnology; founder of Australasian Society of Arachnology. One of the worlds foremost experts on spiders); this applies to anyone who has any concerns regarding Wolf Spiders or any other spider. They are all too happy to talk with folks about any concerns they may have. Really. They love it.

      Whatever is, or is not, happening with your dog is irrelevant; did you see the spiders in your dog’s coat and observe behaviour in the dog to suggest she was bitten? Did you then catch said spider/s and take them to an expert to be put under a microscope and officially identified? Did you take the dog to the vet to have her checked for puncture marks near enough to the area/s that you observed the spiders? If they were, as you claim, ‘baby Wolf Spiders’, then you must have observed the mother Wolf Spider on the ground prior to your dog rolling on it (this is the ONLY way you could possibly know they were Wolf Spider juveniles, as juveniles cannot be identified accurately by anybody, with or without a microscope) complete with juveniles attached to her back, and then, as before, caught said spider and taken it in to an expert for official identification under a microscope? Spider identification is very difficult – so difficult in fact, that in some species, the spiders themselves get it wrong and attempt to mate with the wrong species.

      In the highly unlikely event you answered ‘yes’ to all (or any) of those, then it still proves little, as spiders will often ‘dry bite’ when defending themselves (some species more than others, but especially in many ‘roaming’ type spiders) – their venom is not limitless (again, some more than others), so they may conserve it as spiders also require venom to eat.

      If you answered ‘no’ to these, then your argument is nothing more than hearsay with zero factual evidence to back it up. All this does is perpetuate myths and make it harder for people to find accurate and relevant information – and if you doubt the impact this can have, then while you are talking with Dr Raven, ask him for a copy of the summary of his study in to White-Tailed Spiders (which are completely harmless by the way) and it will really underline the issue.

      Incidentally, Funnel Webs are harmless to cats and dogs – and just about every other creature on earth except humans, chimps, horses, baby mice and various insects and grubs. The only danger to cats and dogs from Funnel Webs is infection from the bite mark itself.

      I’ll say it again – don’t take my word for it, check it out for yourself.

      • BobinOz May 17, 2016, 5:47 pm | Link

        Yes, I can confirm that as well, funnel webs are harmless to cats and dogs and many other animals. According to scientists, funnel web venom is very effective against other spiders and insects, the fact that it is deadly to us humans is just a case of ‘bad luck’.

        It is important to get information right about various spiders otherwise misinformation can be damaging, so that’s good advice Bill, if in doubt call the experts.

  • kate August 31, 2015, 1:38 am | Link

    get heaps of wolf spiders on the central coast. they loved the buffalo turf, everytime I pulled some up they would come out of it. I sat on the lawn and one bit my leg, I put vinegar to stop the sting but a small red lump remained on my leg for a little over a year was rarely itchy but its gone now. I didn’t get sick. bees sting hurts more than this did. just to note im allergic to bees venom and this spiders venom didn’t react badly to me.

    moved house and same issue – all in the lawn. would come in occasionally but I had one small stair and they don’t like climbing much. moved to place with no stairs, everytime one is pregnant she comes in to try and birth her babies! I have dogs around so im not impressed but to kill them is genocide so out to the garden with them. ive seen a few with egg sacks stuck to them, they don’t drop them easily. I studied them and they have pretty markings, and 4 little white dots on the underneath abdomen but when I photograph they never show up. it was difficult for me to identify them in comparison to pictures on the internet, they don’t photograph well.

    • BobinOz September 1, 2015, 2:54 pm | Link

      Sounds like a nasty nip you got from that critter for it to leave a lump on your leg for so long, but as your incident proves, the venom of these things isn’t too harmful to humans. Bees cause you more problems.

      I like your attitude, there’s no need to kill these things, but as you clearly know, you need to keep your dog away. Cheers, Bob

  • Bill February 20, 2015, 11:50 am | Link

    The spider in that video is a Grey Huntsman – harmless and very timid. I’ll see if I can find a video/picture of a Shield Huntsman for you. Thay are very common out your way, I lived in Brookfield for a while and there were plenty of them there.

    • BobinOz February 20, 2015, 10:01 pm | Link

      Sounds good, if you find a video or a picture, maybe you could send it to me and I’ll post it somewhere on this website.

  • Bill February 19, 2015, 11:14 am | Link

    Fortunately, the Shield/Badge Huntsman is easy to identify (usually green to fawn, rarely brown or grey, and it has a very distinct orange and black ‘shield’ or ‘badge’ on the underside of it’s abdomen), and that is the only one you really need to be concerned about, so you should be okay…

  • Bill February 19, 2015, 11:09 am | Link

    Probably want to put them under a microscope too actually, as to be 100% certain of the species, that needs to be done…and it needs to be an adult male also…but otherwise, it’s as simple as that!!! 😉

  • Bill February 18, 2015, 10:48 am | Link

    Lol, thank you kindly Bob, I should have emphasised the Flat Huntsman a little more – they are so friendly, you can actually handle them!!

    Hilary, it is wonderful to see someone take an interest in spiders, they are fascinating creatures! If you see a spider, catch it if you can (trap it with a plastic container of some kind, then slide a very thin piece of cardboard under the container where the spider is trapped and flip it over; put a damp cotton ball in there for the spider and when transporting it to the musuem, keep it out of direct sunlight as that will cook it in minutes!) and take it in to the museum for identification, you can learn some amazing things about them that way!

    Kate Sparks handles this sort of thing at the South Australian Museum, she will be able to point you in the right direction. Also, they have a very large collection of specimens there too, that you can view. Or feel free post here, and I will do my best to help also.

    • BobinOz February 19, 2015, 12:09 am | Link

      So, all I’ve got to do now then is learn to tell the difference between a Flat Huntsman, a Grey Huntsman, a Giant Green Huntsman, the Brown Huntsman and the Shield/Badge Huntsman, not make a mistake in my identification either and also remember which ones are placid and aggressive. Then I can pick one up?

      🙂

    • Hilary March 8, 2015, 5:28 pm | Link

      Bill, thanks for the info about the Museum and Kate Sparks. I will definitely go to the Museum asap and hope to make some contact, and make sure I look at the specimens. I thought for some reason I might have to go to the Zoo but the museum is nearer so that’s good.

      Had my first meet-up with ‘proper’ spid the other evening. Just doing the washing up and from under the draining rack came, very slowly, a nice looking spid, not very big, I’d say just a little larger than 50 cent piece. She stopped half way along the draining board and I stopped too as it had surprised me. Not sure at all what she was but was a soft grey/pale brown colour, no clear markings from what I could see. I was really pleased as a handy glass and postcard made sure she went outside into the garden in one piece to live another day… To get a plastic box and cotton wool and go to the museum on the bus would take a bit longer but will try do that if I can one day. Again thanks for info!

  • Bill February 17, 2015, 7:42 pm | Link

    That was meant to be factual, not condescending by the way – I hope it didn’t come off that way. I sincerely apologise if it did, totally unintended. I am on the train, so didn’t review it properly…

    🙁

    • Hilary February 17, 2015, 10:10 pm | Link

      Bill – this is fascinating stuff. Do you know anyone in Adelaide’s Museum that could teach me more about spiders? I don’t have a particular fear of spids (yet) and in the UK would never kill one, but here is different. I thought if I could get to see some in real life in a ‘contained’ setting, like a zoo perhaps, then I wouldn’t get such a fright if I came across a huge Huntsman for the first time. Though I know Huntsman spids are valuable house guests and best to make friends with them. Great info in your post above to get me started, thanks!

      • BobinOz February 18, 2015, 1:14 am | Link

        Bill, as Hilary has said, your post was fascinating. You really had no need to apologise, it was not condescending in any way. I think a good proportion of us do want to understand spiders much better, and I think we have been doing that already on my page about the Huntsman spider.

        By the way, please don’t go mentioning about that aggressive breed of Huntsman on that page, we’ve only just got people starting to appreciate their beauty 🙂

        Anyway, that you have taken the time to ad this information about the Wolf Spider and other spiders is fantastic and I appreciate you doing that.

        You are welcome to post any time, cheers, Bob

  • sue February 14, 2015, 2:55 am | Link

    Hi Bob,
    I live in Sydney in the inner west in a pretty leafy suburb with river & parkland at the back. I have lived here for over 10 years but in the last two have had so many wolf spiders come inside. Last summer I had on average three a week (which I killed). Not a nice spider inside in my experience. They run like the wind and can be pretty aggressive, not like a happy huntsman. Impossible to catch & put outside like I would a huntsman. I didn’t have screens on a couple of windows but now have screens on all. Still I have been getting one every 2-3 weeks. I’m gradually sealing up all the door cracks now. The other day the cleaner found one hiding under my bed – that was not nice.
    Next door neighbour had one bite his 5 yr old daughter who had a pretty strong reaction to it. Guy at the servo had an allergic reaction to one & in hospital for a few days.
    Why the sudden change in their numbers and why are they wanting to come inside? My termite inspection company (non insecticidal) thought maybe with a demographic change in the area, there is now a lot more garden.
    Any ideas?? Thank you

    • BobinOz February 16, 2015, 1:42 pm | Link

      No ideas I’m afraid, it just sounds like you’ve had a bit of a population explosion of wolf spiders in your area. All you can do is keep trying to close those little gaps to stop them getting in, and maybe consider using a stronger pest control. Spiders shouldn’t be able to survive more than 24 hours in your house if you’re pest control is up to scratch.

      It all sounds very unpleasant and you are right, these spiders are nowhere near as nice as the Huntsman.

      Good luck, Bob

      • Bill February 17, 2015, 7:37 pm | Link

        Hi Sue,

        I study spiders at UQ, I may be able to help here. One of the biggest problems we face with spiders is the myths and misinformation that has made education about them extremely difficult. Here are a few facts about some (there are plenty more though!) of the spiders you mentioned

        1.Wolf Spiders may look mean, but they ARE NOT aggressive – at all. In fact, they are one of the most timid spiders on earth, and seldom bite. If they are acting aggressively, unless it is a mother with spiderlings (they ride around on her back, so you’ll know if you see it), I would say you have them mixed up with another spider.

        2.Wolf Spiders are poor climbers and will do very little of it unless absolutely necessary. If your bed is off the ground, there is little chance you will wake up with a Wolf Spider in your bed. For the same reason, if you plug gaps in the lower wall and floor, you won’t get Wolfies in your home.

        3. Wolfies have a distinctive behavioural pattern – they race out accross the floor, and then about halfway out they stop; a couple of seconds later, they continue to where they were going, racing for cover under the nearest fridge/couch etc. All spiders have very poor eyesight, so to them we are just giant shapes coming towards them, hence they race for cover. That ‘jumping’ style of running is not aggression, it’s a full throttle sprint for cover – it is almost literally blind panic.

        4. There is no better way to control cockroaches than with Wolf Spiders – they are ground hunters and catch their prey live. About 10 years back I lived on a property backing on to a massive national park in a house so old, it had been scheduled for destruction in the 60’s (because it was too old even then!) – it was infested with spiders of all kinds, but in particular, Wolf Spiders. It occured to me much later that I had seen more snakes in the house, than fully grown roaches. Wolf Spiders wipe out roach populations.

        5. Venom of Wolf Spiders is generally not dangerous, but of course, people react differently to different venoms, so in some rare instances, it can make you pretty crook. I would be extremely wary of others who say they have or know someone who has, been bitten and had bad reactions; unless they had the spider officially identified by an expert, there is a very high possibility that the spider has been mistaken for another or was a spiderless-bite – this kind of bad press has done all kinds of damage to spiders in general, but inparticular, the poor old White-Tailed Spider (which is completely and totally harmless by the way). Their venom is extremely lethal to cats and dogs however, so that is something to keep in mind – it can kill them inside 30 minutes. Again, rare, as they rarely bite – I had a dog that used to chase them and try and pick them up with his mouth and play with them, and he was never bitten (although I shooed him away when he did it though, and I certainly don’t suggest you encourage it).

        6. Most pest control is generally ineffective against spiders (especially Huntsmen), as they only die from a direct hit. Spiders can shut off their lung for a time if required. If you have ever tried to spray or remove a Huntsman, you will often see them slam their bodies up against the edge of a ceiling or wall, helping to close the lung.

        7. Huntsman can be very aggressive, depending on which type of Huntsman it is – Flat Huntsman (known as the Avondale Spider in NZ – was used in the movie Arachniphobia due to their placid nature), Grey Huntsman and Giant Green Huntsman are all quite placid, but the Brown Huntsman and in particular, the Shield/Badge Huntsman are very aggressive – and their bite is readily delivered. Bites from the Shield/Badge Huntsman should be treated with great caution, because although symptoms usually subside by themselves after a few hours without any complications, several serious envenimations have been reported.

        8. Huntsman are homing spiders, so it doesn’t matter how many times you put them out, they will come back in.

        9. This is probably the most important, don’t take anyone else’s word for it (including mine), talk to an expert if you are concerned – The NSW Museum should have a department specialising in Arachnids, and it’s head curator will be only too happy to help however he can – trust me, these guys LOVE discussing and identifying spiders. Failing that, contact the QLD Museum, who’s head curator is one of the world’s foremost experts on spiders, Dr Robert Raven (his resume is unbelievable!) – and he will be happy to help. He helped me so much, that I not only got over a crippling fear of them, but now, I can’t get enough of spiders and am at university studying them!

        Wow, that went on a little bit, sorry.

        • Daniel Johnson October 22, 2016, 10:41 am | Link

          It sounds like ur just repeating wat google says too…. come to my place, and look for a wolf and let it bite you… then you can make ur own judgement.

          • BobinOz October 23, 2016, 11:42 pm | Link

            That’s a little harsh Daniel, Bill has made quite a few insightful comments about spiders around my website, he clearly knows his stuff and as he says, he has studied spiders at UQ.

            Just getting spider information from Google sounds like something I would do though and probably did when I wrote this article 🙂

          • Alan November 12, 2016, 2:55 pm | Link

            Am in complete agreement with Daniel’s sentiments about wolf spider bites. I am frequently bitten while gardening, usually on the legs or arms. It usually takes half an hour or more before any symptoms arise, and even then it seems more like an ant bite. A few hours later it is a different story : swelling, redness, a hardening of the tissue at the bite site, and serous exudate. These symptoms can last for several days. The severity varies and I suspect it may depend on whether or not an ice pack is applied without delay. I usually have to take an antihistamine to get some relief from the intense itching at night. Apparently it is an allergic reaction, but a very common one as I have heard of many others with a similar experience. Our couple of acres has many burrows and the spiders resent any disturbance ( watering, standing on burrows etc.). They also like to come inside the house during prolonged wet weather.

            • BobinOz November 14, 2016, 12:45 am | Link

              Nobody is arguing with either of you about the pain, I just wanted to point out that Bill knows a great deal about spiders and if you read his point number 5, he does say that on rare occasions bite from this spider can cause a reaction and make you quite crook.

              Both you and Daniel have been bitten and didn’t like it much, but in your case Alan, all you needed was to take an antihistamine and ride it out. It’s not exactly funnel-web/redback like is it?

              I also clearly stated in my article that the bite from the spider can “Cause mild to local effects, including itchiness, red welts, bruising, a rapid pulse rate, nausea, vomiting, faintness, leg weakness and prolonged headache.”

              So by agreeing with Daniel I am hoping you are only suggesting that this spiders bite can be quite nasty; we know that. Hopefully though you are not suggesting that Bill got his information from Wikipedia as well, because he didn’t 🙂

  • Maree Sharma September 19, 2014, 10:28 pm | Link

    Accidentally scared off a spider guarding her eggsac and I want to try to save the slings. Eastern Australia Wolf spider how can I give them the best chance for surviving? 🙁 Advice please

    • BobinOz September 22, 2014, 7:21 pm | Link

      Gosh, I don’t know. Maybe the mother will return if you leave the baby’s where they are? Probably the best chance, I don’t think feeding them warm milk will work 🙂

    • Bill September 23, 2014, 2:47 pm | Link

      Hi Maree,

      From what I can gather here, you saw a spider in a web with an eggsac and scared her off – now the web and eggsac remain, but the mother is nowhere in sight, is that right?

      If this is the case, then it is not a Wolf Spider – they don’t build webs. More likely to be a Black House Spider (I say that, as they are often mistaken for Wolf Spiders – no way of knowing what spider it is without the spider itself though). They build a messy sort of web with a clear ‘hole’ in it. You’ll know what I mean if you see it.

      Regardless of the type of spider, unless something has happened to the mother, she won’t be too far away, don’t worry.

  • Bill January 6, 2014, 7:08 pm | Link

    Hi Hannah,

    I had an early childhood run-in with spiders, which eventually lead to nightmares and finally grew in to a paralysing fear of them. So 10 years ago, I began studying them to overcome the crippling fear – now I’m hooked, and I just can’t get enough of them. I am now at university studying them and intend to make a career from it. What really got me though, was just how many people in this industry got their start the same way, which goes to show just how effective it is.

    Learning about them doesn’t equate to immediate love, it simply removes the irrational and the fear it brings; the uneasiness and fear of the unknown will remain initially (for some species more than others). But with the irrational gone, you can then see them for the amazing creatures they are – it’s from here that the love of them and what they do, comes from. This is easily the most effective way to deal with spiders. FAR more effective than any spray.

    Surface sprays are useless against spiders, as they only die from a direct hit. You can kill them, but others will soon move in to replace them, and the problem with that is, that you don’t what type of spiders will be moving in next time? They could be far more dangerous than the ones you got rid of?

    By learning about them and living with them, you can control to some degree, the types of spider you have in your home – having the presence of certain spiders, discourages the presence of some others. You will also learn ways to discourage types of spiders from coming near you and things like that.

    The Queensland Museum here in Brisbane have been simply amazing and only too willing to answer my endless questions, requests, and ID specimens for me, as well as helping me through the appropriate career steps. I don’t know wherabouts in the world you live, but you will probably find your state museum (or equivalent) will be more than happy to help you and answer any questions you might have about spiders in your area (whether for a career or just for peace of mind!)

    Great article Bob – I love Wolfies, one of the most timid spiders known, and hence, seldom bites. What I love about these guys is, they just wipe cockroaches out. Simply no better way of controlling roaches, than a large Wolf Spider presence.

  • Hannah April 14, 2013, 5:50 am | Link

    Hi Bob,

    Just wondering how you deal with the spiders and other insects in your area?

    I know you spray and have posted about it in the past, but how do you deal with them if the spraying doesn’t succeed?

    I’m scared to death of spiders and I’m trying to find the best way I can to deal with them.

    Thanks

    Hannah

    • BobinOz April 14, 2013, 10:04 pm | Link

      The spraying does succeed, so there’s very little else to do. Very occasionally I will see a spider in my house, but that’s normally when a new pest control treatment is due, we have them done once a year.

      I honestly see fewer spiders in my house then I ever did in England, so we don’t really have any special ways of dealing with spiders at all, we just get on with enjoying living in Australia 🙂

      Cheers

      Bob

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