Funnel Web Spider Treatment Brisbane

About 40 species spread across Australia, the funnel-web Spider is one of the most dangerous arachnids. Found in two distinct genera: Hadronyche (or Atrax), these spiders can pierce the skin because of their strong fangs.

All funnel-web spiders behave similarly, which means they are all slow-moving, adaptable, and nocturnal. However, the venom of this spider species is highly toxic, so immediate treatment is required if they bite. Since these spiders are considered dangerous, anyone visiting or staying in a region with many funnel-web spiders must take suitable precautions.

Funnel-web spiders are medium to large and measure 1 to 5cm in length. Black to brown, these spiders have a sparsely haired and glossy hard carapace. Male spiders are lighter than female spiders; both have closely grouped eyes and four spinnerets. Also, these spiders have a lower lip studded with blunt spikes.

These spiders like to live in moist conditions; hence, you are likely to find them in the forest areas of the east coast and highlands of Australia. In addition, funnel-web spiders are often seen in Tasmania, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia.

Avoiding a Spider Bite

To protect yourself from a spider bite, it is recommended to adopt safety measures. For example, you may wear gloves when managing garbage or gardening to avoid getting bit by a spider if you encounter them while working. Also, if you are stepping out of your house during the night, choose to wear covered footwear. Since spiders like to rest on clothes, toys, and other objects lying on the floor, you must pick these things up immediately.

It is common for spiders to enter properties after rainfall and during excavation and breeding seasons. Most male spiders travel far in search of partners, which is why their chances of entering your home increase.

What To Do If You Are Bitten by A Funnel Web Spider?

These spiders are known to be aggressive; hence if you come across them, it is best to leave them alone. They are likely to attack if they feel threatened. In case of a funnel web spider bite, it is best to take quick action. It would help if you used a pressure bandage right after the bite. Wrap the limb tightly, starting from the bite and binding the remaining limb above. This will likely minimise muscle movement and prevent the venom from spreading to other parts of your body. Though these spiders are dangerous, rarely do their bites cause serious issues.

Trust Tom's Pest Control

We are experts in removing various spiders from your home or office. If funnel web spiders have entered your property and you want to remove them safely, speak to us.

We know how dangerous funnel-web spiders can be. So, we adopt a proactive approach to remove the spiders from your property and plan to prevent them from returning your way.

Our team of trained and experienced pest control experts in Brisbane will first inspect your property to check for the level of infestation. Based on our findings, we will create a treatment plan for eliminating the spiders from your property. Before we carry out the extermination procedure, we will share all the details with you, so you can know what we will do and how. Then, we will carefully carry out the steps for spider removal from your property without harming your loved ones or pets.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do Funnel Web Spiders Look Like?

Funnel-web spiders are dark black or brown in colour and one to five cm in length. They have shiny heads and thoraces and are dangerous arachnids. Female spiders have short legs and a prominent brown or bluish abdomen compared to male spiders. The funnel-web spiders also have closely grouped small eyes.

What Do These Spiders Eat?

Funnel-web spiders can likely be seen during tree felling, excavation, or landscaping work. They like to eat insects and small vertebrates like frogs and lizards. Female spiders may live up to 20 years. However, they spend most of their time staying inside their burrow. They come out of the burrow only to catch passing prey.

Can They Harm My Pets?

While funnel-web spiders are dangerous to humans, they do not cause much harm to pets. Their poison can affect the nervous system of humans but cause no damage to domestic animals and pets.