Don’t Let Fear of Spiders Stop You from Moving to Australia

On Wednesday I tried to talk everyone into Liking the Huntsman Spider. I do appreciate though, that not everyone will be able to do that; one particular group of people would certainly struggle.


cartoon spiderIt’s worth remembering though that spiders are everywhere, in every country. Unless you move to the Arctic, you are likely to come across a spider at some point. Similarly, arachnophobes are also everywhere and in every country. They may even be in the Arctic, they have more incentive than most to go.

Here is a bunch of arachnophobes, from the US by sounds of it, all talking about their fear of spiders. The presenter claims to be able to help people get over this fear.

I don’t think so. Let’s take a look as Arachnophobes Meet Spiders…

So, if spiders are everywhere (apart from the Arctic and no one wants to live there), then why is it that arachnophobes get particularly uneasy about moving to Australia?

Because Australians spiders are venomous and can kill you Bob, that’s why!

And that’s just the point, potentially a couple of them ‘can’, but in reality nobody has died from a spider bite in Australia since the 70s.

I would also like to remind anybody who is allowing the fear of spiders to make them rethink a potential move to Australia that pest control really does work. I have absolutely no doubt that I see fewer spiders in my Australian house than I used to see in my UK house.

If the fear of spiders is preventing you from moving to Australia, just remember, we have lots of cute wildlife as well and in my eight years here so far, I see far more of the cute stuff than the scary stuff.

Like this…

You will not see a sight like that anywhere else in the world, will you? Not in the Arctic either.

Australia; more cute stuff than scary stuff, honest.

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  • Diane March 13, 2016, 4:08 am | Link

    Hi Bob
    I keep reading various articles by you, and I read other info on other sites too. We are thinking of moving to Oz (funds permitting) but maybe not for 2 or 3 years. We have Australian friends who live near Sydney and the only thing putting me off at this moment in time is the spider population, particularly the Sydney funnel web. Our friend says not a great problem but I’m not sure yet! I have always had a spider phobia. We have lived in France for 13 years and only see pretty much the British kind. We see snakes in our garden from time to time when the weather is warmer, but mostly grass snakes and the odd adder. Back to spiders, I know the Huntsmans live behind curtains (!) so we would opt for a curtainless existence. Or perhaps they live behind furniture if there are no curtains? Help! I need some serious reassurance.

    • BobinOz March 14, 2016, 5:06 pm | Link

      Diane, your friend is right, it’s not a great problem. Huntsman don’t necessarily live behind curtains either, so there’s no reason for you not to have them in your house. If you get pest control done regularly on your home, you will find it’s very effective.

      As I think I said in the above article somewhere, I hardly ever see any spiders either when I’m out and about or in my home. Don’t let it spoil your move. Cheers, Bob

      • Diane March 14, 2016, 7:32 pm | Link

        Thanks so much for that, Bob. We would have to live in a regional or low growth area as we are retirees, so I guess there would be more “wildlife”. But yes, I am more reassured now. Thank you once again!

        • BobinOz March 15, 2016, 4:01 pm | Link

          Yes, more wildlife, but it’s beautiful wildlife rather than scary wildlife.

  • Charlotte October 21, 2015, 6:22 am | Link

    Thanks for this post, it has greatly reassured me as I am a huge arachnophobe. If I see a spider in a room in my house in the uk I won’t go in that room for a week until it’s gone. I am still weary of moving to Australia, I hope to go there for university. Love the blog Bob!

    • BobinOz October 21, 2015, 6:39 pm | Link

      Thanks Charlotte, I’m glad to hear my article has helped you a bit. You’d have a great time in university here, don’t let stupid spiders put you off 🙂

      Good luck, Bob

  • Virginia G September 3, 2015, 12:24 pm | Link

    Were some of those joeys in the pouch head-first? Like with their feet sticking out? Either way, those were some seriously cute kangaroos.

    • BobinOz September 3, 2015, 7:09 pm | Link

      Maybe, Joeys chill any which way they want:-)

  • Raoul Duke September 2, 2015, 8:40 pm | Link

    We get the odd spider in the house every week or so. The majority of the time they are tiny – smaller than the typical British house spider, and often they are already dead. We get maybe one huge one per year, but so far they have all come off way worse for the experience than we have! If you live anywhere near an urban centre, there’s really nothing to worry about.

    • BobinOz September 3, 2015, 6:07 pm | Link

      Exactly, nothing to worry about.

  • Snoskred August 29, 2015, 3:07 pm | Link

    I am an Arachnophobe, and I have lived in Australia all my life.

    Growing up the huntsmen were my nemesis. I never really saw any other kind of spider living in the foothills of Adelaide. I was probably mid twenties before I saw a Redback spider.

    Moving to Sydney, having seen a documentary on the Sydney Funnelweb, I was really glad we were about 200kms down the coast because they live in a specific area in Sydney.. only, they seem to have hitchhiked down the coast with camping people and we’ve had 2 turn up dead in the man cave sink – they could not seem to climb out – and one dead *inside* the man cave.

    I’m still not any kind of fan of the huntsman but given the choice, I prefer those to the funnel web. Can that be considered liking them? Probably not, because given the choice I would pick no spiders at all. 🙂

    I thought I might like to move to Albuquerque after seeing it on Breaking Bad, until I heard about the tarantula migration. I recommend *not* googling that. 🙂

    • BobinOz August 29, 2015, 7:08 pm | Link

      Wonderful, good to hear from a lifetime Aussie arachnophobe still alive and well and living in Australia. See how easy it is everyone?

      Albuquerque isn’t the answer for you Snoskred, the Arctic is the only place with a 100% guarantee:-)

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