Discover how to get rid of White-Tailed spiders – Palmerston North Pest Control

Nov 6, 2022

White Tail Spider – Contact Pest Control Palmerston North Ltd for help and advice on how to identify and get rid of white tail spider pests in and around the home

Discover how to get rid of White-Tailed spiders - Palmerston North Pest Control

When it comes to Palmerston North pest control White Tailed spiders are variously known as White Tail spider, Whitetail spider, White-tail spider, Whitetailed spider, White Tailed spider etc.; this Australian invader was first recorded in New Zealand in 1886, at Waiwera, Auckland. It is believed that it came into the country with early colonists and is now well established in Palmerston North and throughout Manawatu. They are common in urban dwellings.

Spiders, like most small insects, will enter the home through small spaces like crevices and cracks. They can also enter homes through gaps and cracks around window frames and doors and poorly screened doors and windows. Spiders may also enter a dwelling via various items brought into the house from the outdoors.

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In most cases, spiders are harmless and generally shy away from people. However, some spiders pose a bite risk, making it even more necessary to exterminate them.

Biters include species like white-tailed spiders. White-tailed spider bites can cause initial burning pain followed by swelling and itchiness at the bitten area.

White-tailed spiders (Lampona murina and Lampona cylindrata) are quite distinct with dark bodies and a white patch at the end of their cylindrical/cigar-shaped abdomen. The juveniles and males have patches on their abdomen as well as white 'tails'.

Simply cleaning regularly is the most effective method of spider control. Clear all existing webs and spiders from inside and around the home, and make sure doors and window screens are shut tight so they can’t crawl inside. De-cluttering the backyard and trimming back overgrown gardens near the house will also give them fewer places to hide.

Spiders are attracted to dark, quiet places, so keeping the home clean and clutter-free is essential. Outside areas needing attention are porches, garages, and sheds. Underneath the house and inside the pool filter box are other favoured habitats for spiders, so make sure they’re cleaned regularly. Spiders also love piles of wood, so avoid stacking timber close to the house.

Regularly spraying these spider-prone areas is another great way to keep spiders at bay. Good-quality surface sprays will kill on contact and control webs around the home for up to six months. Spray around doorways and windows to keep spiders from crawling inside.

Handy hints:

Shake out boots, shoes, clothing, and laundry before handling.

Always check inside shoes that have been left outside before putting them on.

Take care when working in the garden and teach children not to poke around among rocks or under the house.

Never strike a venomous spider. Doing so may simply knock it to the floor, where it can easily escape. The spider may also fall onto the person's hand or another part of the body.

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