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Keeping Redback Spiders Away From Your Home

One of the easiest ways to scare people is with the use of spiders, perhaps mainly because the thought of having the eight-legged creature walk on your skin is creepy enough. But with redback spiders, it’s a completely different story. It’s more than just how it looks; it is also the risk of being bitten by this venomous spider that makes it scary.

Redback spiders are native to Australia and females are easily identified by the red stripe found on their abdomen. Their bodies are black and spherical, and about one centimetre in length, while males are significantly smaller.

In the past, bites from redback spiders have led to deaths, until an antivenom was introduced in 1956. Although the number of redback spider bites still reaches about 2,000 incidents per year and the bite may still cause pain, the health risks are now controlled and no deaths have been reported.

The Redback Spider’s Way of Life

Redback spiders can be found in warm sheltered areas, mostly near or even inside homes. They can build their webs in roof voids, storage areas, sometimes even under your bed, and other locations that are not commonly frequented and touched. The hunting for smaller insects and other prey, including small lizards, are mostly done by the female who builds the nest, and the males steal the leftovers for survival. When the redback spider bites, its fangs inject venom, killing its prey.

The Possibility of Infestations

The redback spider can multiply in large numbers, with the females laying an average of 250 eggs. This allows the spiders to be widespread in one area, increasing the chances of contact with humans and humans being bitten. Redback spiders can continue living in residential areas if they are not controlled and the web and egg sacs are not removed.

At Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections, we’ve had many encounters with redback spiders when conducting building inspections. The weather in Brisbane makes residential areas the perfect nest for redback spiders, especially inside the homes; there is usually the abundance of smaller spiders and insects that are the ideal prey to the redback spider.

Getting Rid of and Avoiding Redback Spiders

You’d think it is almost inevitable to avoid redback spiders from claiming your territory, especially if their only need is a warm place where they can lurk and wait for their prey. However, preventing redback spiders from continuously living in your home is possible by regularly cleaning up your house and implementing a maintenance routine.

For instance, a regular building inspection from Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections can help you identify any presence of venomous arachnids in your residence and will get rid of them before they begin to multiply. Areas that are hardly visible to you can also be checked not only for redback spiders, but all other pests that can possibly cause infestation in your property.