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Spider Infestation Newcastle

Newcastle is home to many of the world’s most toxic spiders, and removing them from a property is, therefore, a task to be undertaken only by highly trained pest control professionals who have a complete understanding of spiders and their habits.

ABC Pest Control has mastered the treatment to spider infestation with so many years of helping affected residential and commercial properties. The team followed a strategic process in exterminating these pests. The process includes locating these insects, isolating, and removing them with their webs in order to leave your home and workplace safe and secure, and put your mind at ease.

Being infested by spiders requires immediate action by contacting pest experts that can handle with safety. You can book for our pest extermination team on the website or contact us for immediate response.

Dangerous Spiders Newcastle

The scary reputation of spiders obviously came from the reports of their venomous attacks which caused wounds, severe pain, allergies, and in rare cases, paralysis and death.  According to Australian Geographic, there are around 10 most dangerous spiders in Australia: the Sydney-funnel web; other funnel webs; the redback spider; the mouse spider; trap door spiders; white-tailed spiders; Australian tarantula; recluse spider; huntsman spiders; and common garden orb weaver spider. Read some of these spiders’ surprising and helpful facts below.

Sydney Funnel-Web Spider Newcastle

Usually found in New South Wales, Sydney Funnel-Web Spider is considered to be the deadliest spider. They generally dwell in forests and other humid sheltered places like the backyards. They are generally medium and large in size with 1 to 5 cm in length. They are identified with a dark color like black, blue-black, and brown or dark plum color. They have fangs larger than that of a brown snake’s and their venom can target the human nervous system which affects the function of other organs. The anti-venom for its attack has been available since 1981, hence, no more fatal casualty caused by its attack has been reported ever since.

There are other 6 venomous funnel-web spiders which are found in Queensland and New South Wales. There are reports of their attack every year but the anti-venom has been proven effective to save the victims.

Redback Spider Newcastle

Redback spiders are also found in dry sheltered places such as the mailbox, garden sheds, or even under toilet seats. They can survive in many habitats including urban areas. They usually got mistaken for the deadly black widow spider because of their similar appearance.

The females, with an average length of 10 mm, are normally larger the males which length is only up to 3-4 mm. They are black in color with some red on. There has been no report of deaths by their attack since the anti-venom was made available in 1950.

Mouse Spider Newcastle

Mouse spiders can be found in burrows near rivers or waterways, and some can be dwelling in suburban areas. Their venom is similar to that of the funnel-web spiders, thus, the same anti-venom is used for the attacks of both.

They are stout black spiders with body length varying from 10 mm to 35 mm. Their heads are wide, shiny, and black with bright red or orange-red jaws and eye region. Females usually just hide in their burrows while the males are out searching for them usually when they reach 4 years of age or their sexual maturity. Aside from insects like ants, they can handle other prey such as other spiders, small lizards, and small frogs.

Recluse Spider Newcastle

Recluse spiders or brown spiders (also known as fiddleback spiders, violin spiders, or reapers) are considered dangerous with their venom’s capacity to damage not just the skin but also the blood of humans (a very rare case).  They are 6-20 mm in size with colors ranging from creamy to dark brown and blackish gray.

It’s been 20 years since the existence of these spiders in Australia was reported but no envenomation case has been reported yet. They are not really known to bite but they use their tiny fangs to inject their poison.

Trap Door Spiders Newcastle

Trap door spiders are found in entire Australia with both natural and urban environments. They are named after their observed habit of camouflaging their burrow’s entrance to easily catch the prey when they fall inside.

They are around 3.5 cm long and are covered with very thin hairs. Their burrow is usually 25 cm below the ground and is open without a trap door. Their food includes insects such as cockroaches, other spiders, beetles, and crickets. Their lifespan can reach 5 to 20 years which is distinctly different from other spiders that can only live for up to 1 year.

Aside from their painful bite, they cause only minor symptoms which include nausea, lethargy, and malaise.

White-Tailed Spiders Newcastle

Reports on pest control problems with spiders in Newcastle would usually include the famous white-tailed spiders. Known to be the vagrant hunters (they usually roam at night), they are native to southern and eastern Australia. They can grow up to 18 mm in size and leg span of up to 28 mm. They have a cylindrical, cigar-shaped body and have a dark reddish gray appearance. They feed on other spiders like the curtain-web spiders, daddy-long-legs, redback spiders, and their favorite- the black house spiders

The most common species of this spider are the Lampona cylindrata and Lampona murina. The former is usually found in natural and urban locations such as in South Australia, South Queensland, Tasmania, and from east to west coast. On the other hand, the latter can mostly be found in Eastern Australia.

White-tailed spiders survive in both forest and urban areas. The effect of their bite is similar to that of the bee sting. The skin may get a small red bump that burns or itches. Although stories about them causing skin ulcers have surfaced, there is still no study that can prove such. On the other hand, numerous researches have shown that their bites are harmless to humans except for the pain and the swelling of the wound it leaves.

Australian Tarantula Newcastle

Australian tarantulas are known as barking, spiders, whistling spiders, and bird-eating spiders. They can produce sound by rubbing their front limbs against their jaws usually happening when they are threatened. They are large, heavy, have hairy bodies, and have various colors from dark-brown to pale reddish brown with a silvery sheen. Their fangs are approximately 1 cm in length.

They are carnivores and eat large insects, small reptiles, small birds, and even frogs. They create their burrows with length from 40 cm to 100 cm where they live and hide their female egg sac. Having stronger muscles than the other spiders, they ambush their prey and can easily overpower it. Their males perform a courtship dance by tapping the ground with their abdomen and circling the females with their flirty steps until the latter allows them to mate.

They are not fatal to humans but their bite can cause great pain due to their large fangs. They are dangerous to pets as they are known to be able to kill dogs.

Huntsman Spiders Newcastle

Huntsman spiders or the giant crab spiders are famous for their huge size. Their leg span can reach up to 15 to 30 cm. Their hairy appearance and black color make them scary especially that these spiders just, most of the time, bolt out from behind the curtains. They can be found anywhere in Australia.

Just like other spiders, they use their venom for defense and to mobilize their prey. There have been no studies or reports to show that their venom is dangerous to humans. The danger they bring is usually the accidents caused by humans being horrified when they suddenly jump out from behind furniture or behind the car dashboard while driving.

Common Garden Orb Weaver Spider

Common garden orb weaver spiders are very common in Australia. They are very aggressive and know to bite. Their size but may vary across coastal regions of Eastern Australia including their colors and shapes. Their females are also larger than the males. The females can grow up to 20-25 mm in size while – 15-17 mm for the males.


They live in gardens and weave their web between trees or in any places where their prey can easily be caught. They work at night and hide during the daytime. Their bite may not be dangerous to humans but will leave pain, redness, and swelling.

Contact ABC Pest Control Newcastle

Despite the dangers of each of the above species, most of the other spiders in Australia and around the world are relatively harmless … but even so, spiders are one of the harmless things that we don’t want to see in our bedroom or kitchen.

Rather than taking on the advanced task of isolating the spiders around you, identifying their species and threat level, researching their habits, purchasing the appropriate protective gear and then taking clear action against these potentially dangerous creatures, it’s far better and a whole lot safer to let the professionals at ABC Pest Control Newcastle take care of your problem with spiders and other pests.

Book for our pest experts through the website now or call 0404130944.