Spiders

Common Spiders Found in Melbourne and Victoria

There are many varieties of spiders in Australia, all of which thrive in different conditions. Some spider varieties that are commonly found inside homes have adapted to the conditions indoors and can live in a less humid atmosphere and with less food consistently available, and some can even survive for months on end without food or water! Spiders that live outdoors prefer warm and damp surroundings, in which insects are their preferred source of food.

Red-Back Spider

Red-Back Spider

Female up to 14mm,
Male up to 3mm.

This spider has a pea-shaped abdomen with a characteristic red or orange stripe. Red-Backs build webs in and around your home throughout rubbish, around pot plants, outdoor furniture and logs.

White Tail Spider

Female to 20mm,
Male to 12mm.

A dull, dark grey with a characteristic white spot on the end of the abdomen. Usually encountered inside houses sheltering from the weather or introduced on clothing brought in from the clothes line. Bites are very common due to the habits of this spider.

Black House Spider

Black House Spider

Female up to 18mm,
Male up to 9mm.

A dark brown to grey/black robust spider with some body markings. They build webs in the cavities of your home or in dark corners of windows, verandas, sheds or fences.

Huntsman Spider

Huntsman Spider

Female up to 45mm.

The Huntsman is mostly grey to brown with large long legs. They are often found around homes and gardens in search of prey.

Wolf Spider

Female up to 35mm,
Male up to 20mm.

Wolf spiders have a mottled grey and brown body, and harbour under leaf litter in the garden or burrows in the ground around the home.

Trapdoor Spider

Brown Trapdoor Spider

Female up to 35mm,
Male up to 23mm.

The ground dwelling Trapdoor spider is a dull brown colour and covered in pale gold fine hairs. They are usually found harbouring inside burrows.

Orb-Weaving Spider

Orb-weaving Spider

Female up to 30mm,
Male up to 20mm.

A reddish brown to grey spider with a leaf shaped pattern on their abdomen. They build suspended, sticky, wheeled shaped orb webs between trees and shrubs where insects are likely to fly.

What to Do If You Have Spiders

It is good practise not to leave clothes on the floor, or to shake them thoroughly before putting them on. Other ways to avoid unpleasant surprises are to check your bedding before going to bed, vacuum regularly, remove noticeable webs, fill in gaps in walls and under doors to prevent entry and reduce harbourage areas around the home by relocating firewood away from the home.

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