What we do at PPC
Our General Pest Treatment creates a barrier around your home, we know the behaviour and dwellings of spiders and therefore how to best treat them.
The Chemicals we have carefully chosen have a high stability in even the harshest environments like Australia, this means they will not degrade rapidly and protect your home for longer. They are low irritant and low allergenic water based solutions, they target the pests only leaving your family safe from nasty’s.
If you have booked or are considering our general pest treatment please see the attached before and after information sheet below.
Spider Identification (species found in Albury/ Wodonga and surrounds)
Red Back Spider
Toxic- YES. The Redback spider inflict a painful bite, this venom affects the nervous system. Symptoms include initial pain around the site of the bite, localized sweating, headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and hypertension. Symptoms may be exaggerated in the young or elderly and can cause death.
An effective antivenom is available.
Dwelling – prefers a dry habitat. Often found in dark garages/ garden sheds, within cracks or holes in walls and under the ledges of bins. Their movements are generally nocturnal which is why you rarely see them in the day
ID- Female is black with a red stripe on her body, she is larger than the male. Male is smaller and generally predominantly black or brown.
White Tail Spider
Toxic- Yes. The bite of a white tail spider results in local pain, redness, swelling and itchiness. Ulcers, skin infection and necrosis have been attributed to bites, these symptoms are treated with antibiotics and can be difficult to treat effectively.
Dwelling- They tend to seek out their prey versus spinning a web to capture, they live in gardens and inside homes. Whitetails have been found in the beds of our customers and generally come in with the laundry, this is why our technician will treat your clothesline.
ID- Predominantly brown/ black appearance with a white stripe on the abdomen. Not all white tail spiders have this stripe on their abdomen but they all have a long and slender body in comparison to other spiders.
Toxic- Yes. Both male and female have large fangs but will rarely bite unless provoked.
Dwelling- Live in burrows that provide refuge from predators and high temperatures.
ID-Black/brown and compact these spiders can range from 1cm to 3cm with the females being larger. They have high broad heads with eyes spread out across the front of their head.
Black House Spider
Toxic- Yes, but are generally very timid and will flee before attacking. If bitten very painful, localized swelling, headache and nausea.
Dwelling- generally found in the garden but have been found webbing in house corners and doorways.
ID- Predominantly black growing between 18mm and 30mm, charcoal grey abdomen with dark brown or black legs. The abdomen is covered with a fine coating of hair.
Toxic- Yes. Only if provoked and tend to flee before biting. The bite is painful and will result in swelling, inflammation, itchiness and maybe necrotic.
Dwelling- generally nocturnal and can be found anywhere around the home but particularly around verandahs and outside window frames.
ID- Range from 0.5-35mm in size. They have a robust dark brown/ black body.
Trap Door Spiders
Toxic- yes, but with no associated severe side effects. Initially, pain and swelling can result.
Dwelling- generally found in the garden and rarely inside the house, they prey on garden pests and can be helpful within garden
ID- Dull brown and covered in hair with short, blunt legs. Size can range between 1cm-3cm
Orb Weaving Spiders
Toxic- Non-toxic but can cause redness and itchiness
Dwelling- within the garden and trees they are known for their large and particularly coarse webs.
ID- Very Large abdomen and can range in colour from pale brown/grey to dark tan. They have a leaf shaped pattern on top of their abdomen and may have several white or brown spots.
St Andrews Cross Spider
Toxic- Non Toxic to humans
Dwelling- Large webs can be found on fence lines and garden area but tend to stay away from the home
ID- can range from 3-16mm in size and are named for their bright web decorations. Females have silvery legs and a multicolour abdomen with two yellow stripes under their abdomen. Younger spiders are creamy in colour.
Toxic- Non Toxic to humans
Dwelling- They do not spin webs and hunt for their food. Maybe found inside the home around the eves but generally steer clear of the house.
ID- Generally range in colour from dark brown to grey. Their heads are large with tapered bodies and are covered in fine hair that’s generally visible to the eye.