In late January 2020, after months of devastating bushfires across Australia, relief came to Sydney residents in the form of massive, ongoing torrential rain.
However, despite the positive news, there was one downside to this monumental event: the combined wet and warm weather was the perfect conditions for deadly funnel-web spiders.
So serious was this threat, the Australian Reptile Park posted a warning on their official Facebook page. The messageadvised visitors and surrounding residents to remain on high alert during the rest of summer.
But are funnel-web spiders really that dangerous?
According to the Australian Musuem, the venom of a male funnel-web spider is six times more potent than their female counterparts, making it one of the most toxic venoms to humans of any spider.
This is because the venom has a neurotoxin component that attacks the human nervous system. In worst case scenarios, if the patient doesn’t receive antivenom in time, the attack could result in death.
Fortunately, since an antivenom was first introduced in 1981, there have been no recorded fatalities.
Although funnel-web spiders are not deadly, their fast-acting poison is still a concern. For this reason, it’s important to be aware of the signs that can increase the presence of these spiders, in particular, the onset of tropical conditions like warm and wet weather. By doing so, you and your family can be safe outdoors while you enjoy the glorious summer.
Since the natural habitat of the funnel-web spider is rainforests, it makes sense why they come out warm and wet weather.
They are typically found in shaded areas of private vegetation spots, including garden beds, shrubs, bushes, and leave piles. When inside, they prefer to dwell in damp and moist places like the laundry, garage, and even in shoes left outside.
While it’s rare for funnel-web spiders to dwell deep into your home – like the kitchen, for example – if the opportunity is there, you can never be too sure. In this case, enlist the help of a licensed pest control company like All Bugs.
Potentially Dangerous to Humans
Keep in mind, funnel-web spiders are known to be aggressive to humans, even if unprovoked. To avoid the risk of a bite, keep a safe distance if you do come across one, and be sure to wear gloves during gardening and house work.
Most importantly, keep your guard up when wet weather arrives in summer. And, make sure that your home is relatively clean and clutter-free, so that you can find the creatures first – before they find you.
Watch Out for Imitators!
Are funnel-web spiders the only species to appear after heavy rainfall?
Actually, there is another called the Mouse Spider, which is commonly mistaken for funnel-web spiders due to their similar appearance. However, mouse spiders have a much larger head and jaw as well as shorter, stumpier legs.
Nonetheless, their venom is just as toxic as the funnel-web, with the ability to cause severe sickness. Call emergency 000 immediately if bitten.
How to Control Spiders After Rainfall
If you experience a larger than usual presence of spiders due to heavy rain, contact All Bugs today.
Our specialised treatment and monitoring systems are designed to provide lasting peace of mind to your family and home. We can identify the exact spider species, implement the most effective treatment plan, and monitor the situation until the problem is resolved.
You will also receive useful, easy to follow tips on how to reduce the risk of a future infestation, thus saving you money and stress later on down the track.
To request a free, no obligation quote for professional spider treatment services, contact All Bugs today.