Spider Disguising as Bird Poop: Crappy Yet Effective Camouflage

With its colour pattern resembling a bird dropping, the Bird Dropping Spider (Celaenia excavata) has been named as the master of camouflage. Sometimes, it is also called the Death’s Head spider because of its supposed resemblance to a skull.

It is hard to mistake this spider with its large size, distinctive colour pattern and resting posture. It would definitely look like a bird dung to the untrained eye. It has a broad, rectangular-shaped abdomen, a concave midline and a pair of roughened humps towards the rear. Its legs are often held folded against its body.

This photo was sent by someone wanting to identify the freakish crab-like looking spider they found in a home in Yarrabilba (south of Brisbane).

This photo was sent by someone wanting to identify the freakish crab-like looking spider they found in a home in Yarrabilba, Queensland, Australia.

It can often be found in the open woodlands. Its diet consists mostly of male moths as they are attracted by the Bird Dropping spider’s deceiving pheromone. In order to capture its prey, it uses some sort of mimicry. At night, this spider hangs from the edge of a twig or a leaf with its legs outstretched, all the while, releasing a chemical scent, called pheromone, that imitates the sex pheromone produced by female moths. This explains why male moths are its usual victims.

This photo was sent by someone wanting to identify the freakish crab-like looking spider they found in a home in Yarrabilba (south of Brisbane).

This photo was sent by someone wanting to identify the freakish crab-like looking spider they found in a home in Yarrabilba, Queensland Australia.

Despite its large size, it sits huddled on a leaf or tip of a twig during the day. It constructs a web to suspend egg cases out in the open deceiving prospective predators that they’re bird dung.

Their bites are not really considered dangerous. However, if there is pain or swelling, a cold pack can be applied to the affected area. Nonetheless, it is still a good idea to have a complete pest inspection to make your home free of spiders and other dangerous pests.

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Dealing With Red Back Spiders On Your Property

Apart from termites, ants, cockroaches and fleas, another common pest problem that property owners report to us at Defence Pest Management relates to spiders. While termites are known to cause damage to structures and ants cause a nuisance by foraging food supplies, spiders, on the other hand, can bite when disturbed. Worse, certain types of spiders can inject venom through the wound as they bite.

Specifically in Australia, the most cases of spider bites that require antivenom are those from redback spiders. Before the antivenom was introduced, redback spider bites had even caused several deaths.

What are Redback Spiders?

Redback spiders are venomous arachnids that are known to be native to Australia. The female is widely recognised by the red stripe on its back and the rest of its body is mainly black. These spiders are rather small, with the female only being less than half an inch in length and the male just about four millimetres on average.

Redback spiders build their webs in dry and warm places. In the garden, they can live in the sheds, pots, under rocks and logs. Inside the house, they can be on shelves, roof voids and eaves, under the floorboards or beds. They can even be found inside shoes, which cause some people to get bitten when they put on their shoes.

Dealing with Redback Spider Bites

Bites from redback spiders can be painful and the intensity of pain can increase in minutes, lasting for several days. The pain can remain around the affected area or it can spread to other nearby body parts. Other people may also feel nauseous and lethargic or may experience headaches, vomiting, fever and pain in the back, chest or abdomen.

The first aid treatment for pain that does not spread mostly only requires the use of ice and the intake of painkillers. For symptoms that affect other body parts and is spreading, administration of antivenom and medical care is usually needed.

Getting Rid of Redback Spiders

While it might be tempting to get rid of redback spiders the moment you see them, we do not recommend that you touch or handle the spider. There are insecticides and over-the-counter sprays that you can use to kill off spiders that you see; however, this will only get rid of those that are on the surface.

Redback spiders are nocturnal and thrive in dark areas and their egg sacs can be transported through air, so while you try to get rid of those that you find, they could be multiplying in other areas of your home. To help you with clearing up their habitats in other parts of your property, our technicians from Defence Pest Management can conduct a thorough pest inspection of your home. We can then implement an effective and safe pest control method to completely get rid of redback spiders and other lingering pests on your property.

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How to Keep the Red Back Spiders at Bay

The red back spider, a well known dangerous species, resembles and is a close relative of the black widow spider. It belongs to genus Latrodectus or the widow family of spiders which can be found all over the world. Red back spiders are widespread in urban areas and commonly found under logs, rocks, bricks, sheds and outdoor toilets. Their proximity to humans can be very destructive because their sting is extremely venomous. If such types of spiders are found in your home, you should immediately contact a good termite control company that can prevent you from this deadly spider with thorough inspections and effective measures.

Since red back spiders are poisonous to humans, you need to know how they look like, what their potential dangers are, what are the symptoms and treatments when a red back spider bites to anyone.

You can easily differentiate between male and female red back spiders. A female red back spider has a shiny black body with a red or orange strip on the upper side of her abdomen which is more similar to the hourglass shape of a black widow. The size of her body is about one centimetres and her legs are long and slim. The immature female is smaller and has more white scars on her abdomen. The male red back spider is brown in colour with white markings on the upper side of the abdomen.

Even though a male red back spider is also able to bite but the astonishing fact is that only the female red back bite is fatal to humans. A male bite causes temperate, light pain while female bite may produce little pain for few minutes and then the intensity increases and victim feels severe pain which sometimes lasts for 24 hours. A bite from a red back can make people sick with severe sweating, vomiting, abdominal or chest pain, headache, fever, tremor, nausea, malaise, weakness, restlessness and in severe cases it can lead to skin infections, coma and respiratory failure.

If you are bitten by a red back spider, massage the bite with ice cube or apply cold water. You can take painkillers but do not delay in contacting a doctor to better diagnose the severity of bite. Accordingly, a red back anti-venom treatment can be prescribed.

Even though there are treatments for curing sting bites of red back spiders, prevention is better than cure. It is a good idea to have a complete pest inspection to make your home free of red back spiders and other dangerous pests.

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Getting Rid of White Tailed Spiders

White tail spiders have been affecting many people in Australia and most of these people resulted in hospital admissions. This species of spiders is a native of Australia and is also a predator of other spiders. These are different from other types of spiders as they do not weave a web to catch their prey but rather seek out and stalk them down. The sting of white tail spiders produces venom and paralyses their prey, including humans. Serious illnesses and reactions can be caused by their bites. For this reason, it is important to have a thorough termite control Brisbane for effective eradication of these pests.

White tail spiders are active hunters and are generally found inside the houses in urban dwellings. These spiders, usually grey or brown in colour, are rather sleek-looking and about one to two centimetres in length. They have a creamy white tip of the tail. Males have additional white markings. The preferred habitats for these spiders include dry barks, plants and darker areas of the house interiors such as roof voids. They also like to hide inside the shoes and clothing.

To get rid of these pests there are a number of steps you can take. One way is to treat the area with synthetic pyrethroid insecticide. These are available in both concentrates as well as sprays. To eradicate them from roof voids, spraying the roof with residual insecticides. Alternatively, a bug bomb fumigator can be used to access some of the harder areas. All interior areas where the white tail spiders have been spotted should be sprayed thoroughly. Common areas include ceiling corners, in and around door and window frames, skirting, under and behind furniture and cupboards. For exteriors, spray on the eaves, downpipes, washing lines and decks. Once a through treatment is done, it will last for the entire season. If, however, there are high UV levels or heavy rainfall, the treatment might need to be repeated. Wherever white tail spiders are spotted, they should be removed immediately. Another important measure is to remove all spider webs from the house on which the white tail spiders breed.

Removal of white tail spiders from the interiors and exteriors of the house can be a laborious task if complete eradication is to take place. Pest inspections companies in Brisbane have all the effective and safe treatment measures for the white tail spider removal. These pet friendly treatments are available for both commercial and domestic pest control.

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How to Control Hazards of Huntsman Spiders

Huntsman spiders are generally non-aggressive creatures that rarely bite humans. The female is known to be more aggressive than the male huntsman spiders but that usually happens when she feels threatened about her eggs. The bite by huntsman spiders can be quite painful and may cause swelling and some other symptoms. Due to the nuisance these pests can create, their eradication from the house is important. In case your house seems too much inhabited by the huntsman spiders, it is a good idea to seek help from professionals who deal in termite control in Brisbane.

What do the huntsman spiders look like?

These are very large insects, up to 15cm in diameter, and have long and hairy legs. This species of spiders can move very quickly and its flat body makes it easier for them to find their way into homes or cars through even the minute openings.

Where are the huntsman spiders generally found?

These are generally having their habitat under loose tree barks where they hide from the predators by spinning an egg sac. They can also be found in debris such as firewood, leaves or garbage and if this is present near the house entrance, these pests can make their way in easily.

What happens when a huntsman spider bites?

Even though the huntsman spider bites are rare for the humans but, when they do, they can cause local swelling and transient pain. In case the swelling persists, medical help must be sought. There can be other side effects experienced as a result of the bite, such as headache, lingering pain, irregular pulse rate and vomiting.

How to get rid of huntsman spiders?

The female can lay up to 200 eggs so it will be a good idea to get rid of her as soon as possible if seen carrying an egg sac inside the house. The off-the-counter insecticides, sprays and floggers do not really work on getting rid of these spiders. These have to be manually removed from the house. To prevent them from coming inside, it is important to make regular checks of any cracks or openings found in walls, door and windows. Due to their flat bodies, they can find their way in through tiniest of the cracks. Keeping them out of the house and into your garden can be rather beneficial as these insects feed on other spiders, lizards, snakes and rodents.

Huntsman spiders are large and scary creatures and can be hazardous to health when found in houses. Regular pest inspections in Brisbane are important to make sure your house is free from these pests.

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Summer is Approaching. Protect your Home from Pests.

While currently we are all trying to keep warm, before we know it summer will be creeping in upon us. When we think of summer it often brings to mind thoughts of family, the beach, barbecues and holidays. However with summer come some things that are not quite as pleasant to think about, such as dreaded summer pests, ants, spiders, and the horrid cockroaches. All of these pesky critters become more active during the warmer months and can soon invade our homes in plague proportions. Subsequently it is generally recommended that we get our homes treated before the summer season gets started.

Summer is often a very busy time for termite control companies in Brisbane as more and more people start to notice a problem with infestations of various insects. Particularly in South East Queensland it is not uncommon to hear people complain of trouble with ants and cockroaches taking over their homes. And how often do we hear of people complaining of cleaning away spider’s webs, only to have more spiders rebuilding within a day or so. If you would like to avoid having these pests move into your home, making themselves comfortable, now is a good time to have your home treated by the professionals.

If you are unsure of whether you are likely to have a problem, it may be wise for you to arrange a pest inspection in Brisbane to find out what pesky insects are problematic in your area. The saying “prevention is better than cure” has never been truer when it comes to controlling pests within your precious home. Pests such as termites and ants can cause serious damage to our homes. Spiders and cockroaches pose possible health risks to our family, particularly if you have children. Getting in the professionals to treat in and around your house, in preparation for summer makes sound sense.

Once treated you can sit back and relax knowing that you are unlikely to have any problems with ants, roaches, or spiders. Also it gives great peace of mind to know that your home isn’t being destroyed by termites which can cause substantial damage to a home in a fairly short amount of time, particularly in homes which are built with a lot of timber. So enter the summer months with confidence, and get ready to enjoy the warmer months entertaining, without the inconvenience and possible embarrassment of having to explain away pest problems. Call in the professionals before the rush, and have your home protected now!

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Avoid Sharing Your Home With Spiders

Even if you’re not one of those people who shrieks in horror upon spotting a spider, you’d probably rather not live with one – or many – of them in your home. When you set about purchasing a new home, you’ll undoubtedly have it closely looked over by a reputable building inspector; such an examination is par for the course in such situations. Unfortunately, though, many people completely neglect to have a pest inspection done on their prospective new home. Hiring a pest control company to carefully examine your new home for spiders is smart – especially if you have children, who are much more likely to stumble across the redback spider.

Inspecting For Redback Spiders

As you’re undoubtedly aware, redback spiders are quite common in most parts of Australia. All too often, pest inspections in Brisbane reveals their presence – then the real fun begins. Getting rid of redback spiders is no easy task. Spotting them isn’t too difficult; female redbacks are the ones to look out for, they are larger than a fifty cent piece and are black, with a telltale red band down their backs along with an hourglass shaped symbol. Once they’re located, a series of insecticide treatments is necessary. Just using insecticide a single time generally isn’t enough to truly eradicate them from the premises.

Why The Worry Over Redbacks?

Redback spiders aren’t aggressive. In other words, they don’t tend to seek people out in order to bite them. A redback spider bite does not always require antivenom, although a trip to the hospital is usually a smart idea. The biggest risk associated with redback spiders is that curious children often stumble upon their webs then end up with a series of painful bites. Since kids are so much smaller than adults, the consequences of a redback spider bite can be far more serious. Inspectors know where to look for redback spiders and their webs, and they can teach you how to check periodically yourself to help lessen the chances of your kids getting bit.

Don’t Get More Than You’d Bargained For

A new home should also be a new beginning for you and your family. Why mar such a pleasant experience by having to deal with a horde of redback spiders – or any spiders, for that matter? Those in the know always include a pest inspection before closing any real estate deal. Even if the presence of redbacks isn’t a deal breaker for you, it still helps to know what you’re getting yourself into. Also, treating a home that has a redback spider infestation is far easier to do when there’s no furniture – or people – present. Take care of it before you move in, and you’ll be better off.

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Ensure Your Home is Protected and Pest Free

Termites! They can ruin a beautiful timber home quicker than you can build it. Such is the incredible force of these tiny insects if they are left to their own happy devices.

As its name suggests, a colony of the destructive subterranean termites usually resides underground in the soil. They can, however, also live quite comfortably in the roots and trunks of both living and dead trees.

As they require moisture to survive, this unwanted guest will construct a mud tube to move around.

These termites can enter your home via pipes, electrical tubing and even through concrete. If there is no secure entry, they construct their mud tubes up walls, piers and posts to gain access to timber flooring, framing and trim.

As they consume the timber from the inside out their presence is rarely detected until you move a piece of furniture or notice a hollow sound against walls and flooring.

Other Types of Creepy Crawlies

Spiders are surely the top of the irk factor for most of us. Arachnophobia is alive and well in the domestic landscape. Most spiders are actually harmless to human beings and do the service of ridding us of flies and other annoying flying insects.

Most of Brisbane and its surrounding suburbs are, however, a haven for the redback spider. These stealthy arachnids usually lurk under window ledges and bits of timber. Their bite can cause mild to intense pain and they are a danger due to them being mostly undetected until they are accidentally bumped or moved.

Service You Can Trust

Reliable pest inspection is the key to achieving maximum protection against bug, bird and rodent infestations. Defence Pest Management possesses over 20 years’ experience in the pest management and control industry. We pride ourselves on setting and achieving high standards of customer service.

We pride ourselves on ensuring our staff members have their finger on the pulse of the pest industry. Our staff, both field crew and office personnel, receive up to date training to ensure their knowledge and skills are current. Our guarantee to our customers is that we can address any enquiry immediately no matter who answers the phone

As we like to value add our service, we are currently offering a free spider treatment when you book a termite inspection.