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  • They have 8 jointed legs and their bodies are divided into 2 sections: cephalothorax and abdomen.
  • Palps are located at the front and often mistaken for an extra pair of legs. Their function is sensory, and in the male they are associated with reproduction.
  • The legs and the body may be heavily or sparsely clothed with hairs.
  • The male spider is usually smaller than the female of the same species, and its legs are longer and its palps are larger than the female’s.
  • Most spiders have 3 or 4 pairs of eyes, although some species only have 1 or 2.

Common Spiders Around the Homes

Spiders exist almost everywhere– not only outside, but even inside your home! In Sydney, Australia, there are a lot of dangerous spiders out there, such as the redback spider and the funnel-web spider. These are just the two types out of hundreds of species of spiders in Sydney. Spiders love creating webs and there are those that would rather stay in the garden area, inside the holes and crevices. Likewise, most spiders that can be found inside and around the home are usually harmless and they could easily be eliminated with the use of pest control. However, despite the fact that the majority of them doesn’t posses any threat, it’s still important to be aware that their bites should be taken seriously because it can be fatal if not taken care of.

Important Spider Facts

The spiders found in cities are usually larger than what you can find in the countryside. In fact, it has been discovered that the female spiders in the city are usually larger and more fertile than what you can find somewhere else.

DIY Spider Prevention

  • As much as possible, repair all the crevices and cracks using a gap filler.
  • The weepholes and vents should be fully covered with mesh.
  • Make it a point that all of the windows have flyscreens installed.
  • Never leave the external lights before going to bed. These can attract the insects that spiders love to feast on.

Useful Tips

  • Never leave the clothes with pockets outside the house or in the garden. Spiders might crawl inside the pockets.
  • Shoes should never be left outside in the garage, or under the house without any covers.
  • When tending your plants or working in the garden, always see to it that you wear gloves.
  • Never walk barefoot outside at night.

Sydney Funnel-web Spider

You can easily identify these spiders because they’re huge, black, very aggressive and have oversized fangs. Both males and females of this specie are considered to be venomous and due to the fact that it’s very aggressive, it has been labeled as the “Most Dangerous Spider” in Australia. You can find them in the garden, specifically under the logs, amongst rocks, and even in fallen leaves. They prefer areas, such as swimming pools and laundries. Between summer and autumn, the male funnel-web spiders leave their burrows and they look for a mating partner. Once the summer holidays are over, this is where they’re very active. The warm weather contributes to the increase in population of these spiders.

How to Control Them

Kevin Joyce Pest Management has a team of highly-skilled professionals that they’ll do a thorough inspection of your property in order to ensure that there aren’t any spider hiding inside your home. Our team of professionals uses the best pest control methods, giving you a guarantee that we’ll easily locate the breeding ground of these pests and eliminate them right away.

RedBack Spider

The female redback spiders are usually small and they have black and red stripes that are clearly visible on their backs– that’s how they got their name. Unlike funnel-web spiders, the redbacks prefer dry locations, such as garden sheds, around the pots, behind the doors, and so on.

How to Get Rid of Spiders – A Guide on How to Eliminate Them

We’d all agree that spiders are nasty little critters that most of us despise– not only because of their appearance, but also because of how poisonous some species are. Not just that, no one wants to live in a home that’s inhabited by spiders.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways on how you can eliminate these pests, and you should start by targeting their food source. Considering the fact that they’re predators of natures, their population depends on the amount of food available. So, what you can do is eliminate the insects, such as moths, flies, and butterflies. The number of spiders will eventually reduce, because their food supply will be limited. Aside from that, you can also consider calling a professional exterminator, such as Kevin Joyce Pest Management.

We’ll help you get rid of these nasty pests in no time, but that’s not all, we’ll also give you some of the most practical and effective tips to ensure that these unsightly insects will never come back! What are you waiting for? Give us a call!

Funnelweb Spider

These spiders could grow for up to 50mm, excluding their legs. The funnelweb spiders have huge fangs, known to be aggressive, fairly large, and they’re black in color. Both male and female of this specie are venomous and because they’re wild, Australia considers them as one of the most dangerous spiders to avoid. They’re commonly found in gardens, where they love to hide under the logs, in between the rocks, and even in fallen leaves. When the weather is warm, these spiders stay on their nests and they’d rather wait inside their burrows for prey to walk past and they’ll attack them after.

The funnelweb spiders also hide in clothes, bedding, and has the ability to inadvertently press against a person’s skin and those are just some of the common reasons why people get bitten by it. In order to kill these pests, the first step would be eliminating the insects that might be living in your home. There are a lot of ways on how you can do this, but if you’d rather save yourself from all the trouble, you can just hire a professional service instead, such as Kevin Joyce Pest Management.

Our team members are always ready to help you, so just give us a call.

Redback Spider

These spiders usually build their nest in dark places that are away from humans and left undisturbed. Their webs are quite tiny, but it has a thick den spun in the middle. This is where the redback spider stays during daytime.

For homeowners, it’s important to familiarize yourself about how you can kill this pest, and you should know that even when you’re successful to do so, there will be another one to take its place soon enough. That’s why, if you’re lucky to locate this spider and manage to kill it, try to find the area where the other redback spiders are probably hiding.

If after following the basics and the spiders are still there invading your home, then we highly advise that you call a licensed professional to deal with the issue. We have years of experience and have been a member of the Australian Environment Pest Managers Association. We can give you a guarantee that we’ll solve the problem at a very affordable price.

How to Eradicate These Pests

If the spiders are residing indoors, then you should concentrate near the floor and try to see the stacks of paper, close floors, bedding, and other items that had direct contact with the floor. Likewise, don’t forget to check the cabinets, especially the corners.

On the other hand, if they’re outside, then you should look around the compilation of various things, logs, rocks, debris piles, holes, ditches, and even the crevices. These are just some of the places where spiders usually stay. Keep in mind, spiders love dark, undisturbed places, and that’s why, these areas are perfect for them.

What to Do If You Got Bitten

There will be occasions that you’ll get accidentally bitten by a spider. Whenever this happens, try to capture the spider that bit you. That way, in case that you have experienced some allergic reaction, you’ll know the reason why and what should be done to prevent it from getting worse.

Spiders aren’t that easy to capture, but you can try lowering an inverted glass carefully and just slide a piece of paper or cardboard box underneath to trap the critter. Flip the container and tap the paper so the spider falls at the bottom of the glass.

If after 6 hours, you’re not suffering from any allergic reaction, you can free the spider.

If you successfully managed to locate where the spiders hide, you should try vacuuming them or spray an insecticide directly. If you decide to vacuum, don’t forget to seal the bag and put it in the freezer overnight. This will kill the spiders without the need of killing them manually.


If none of these tips seem to work and you’re still struggling with these pests, then you should just hire a pest control service. Not only will they give you the assurance that your family will be fully protected during the process, even the other pests, such as bedbugs, termites, cockroaches, and so on will also be eradicated. Give Kevin Joyce Pest Management a call and enjoy these benefits.