The best thing about having a really tall daughter is you can send her up a path in front of you to clear away the cobwebs – not that my daughter would agree with me. She usually declares “she hates nature” every time she walks through one. Most people panic at the sight of spiders and their webs, however most spider species are harmless. Their webs can even be quite useful in trapping unwanted flying insects.

Spiders can be a tricky pest to get rid of from our homes. They have this ability to get in through anything & it’s almost impossible to keep them out. However there are a few things we can all do to prevent spiders from coming indoors & help keep them under control.

  • The most practical method of spider control is regular cleaning. To prevent spiders from building up in numbers we should clear away all existing webs and spiders from inside & outside the house.
  • To prevent spiders from entering our homes we need to make sure door & window screens are tight fitting. Also make sure all air vents, plumbing and other entry areas coming into the building are sealed up.
  • Remove any piles of wood or debris that may be lying close to your house.
  • Don’t forget to trim back any foliage from trees & bushes that are close to your house, as these provide a perfect highway for spiders to enter our homes.
  •  If we are bringing things inside that have been lying outside, first of all check them over for any unwanted hitchhikers. Spiders love shoes so make sure you give them a bang before bringing them inside.
  • If your spider problem is really worrying you, then you can try a do-it-yourself spider spray. These can be effective but usually don’t last for long. If you want longer lasting results then maybe you should call in the professionals.

Here are some interesting facts about spiders I thought you might like.

–          There have been no deaths in Australia from a confirmed spider bite since 1979. An effective antivenom for Redback Spiders was introduced in 1956, and one for funnel-web spiders in 1980. These are the only two spiders that have caused deaths in Australia in the past.

–          Approximately 2000 people are bitten each year by Redback Spiders.

–          Daddy-long-legs Spiders can kill and eat other spiders, including Redback Spiders whose venom can be fatal to humans.

–          Despite their often large and hairy appearance, huntsman spiders are not considered to be dangerous spiders. As with most spiders, they do possess venom, and a bite may cause some ill effects. However, they are quite reluctant to bite, and will usually try to run away rather than be aggressive. In houses they perform a useful role as natural pest controllers.