Myth #1: White-Tailed Spiders are aggressive.
Myth #2: White-Tailed Spiders jump at you from nowhere.
Myth #3: White-Tailed Spiders are the most dangerous spiders in the world.
The white-tailed spider is not the most dangerous spider in the world. In fact, it's not even the most dangerous spider in Australia. The white-tailed spider is a timid creature and will only bite humans if it is provoked. The most dangerous spiders in the world are the black widow and the funnel-web.
Unfortunately, the white-tailed spider has the horrible reputation of carrying bacteria that can cause necrosis if a person is bitten. People believe that this is what makes it one of the most dangerous spiders. Not even this is true. White-tailed spider bites do not cause necrosis.
Myth #4: White-Tailed Spiders are the most common spider in Adelaide, South Australia.
It might feel as though white-tailed spiders are the most common, but their prey actually is.
Myth #5: White-Tailed Spiders can't be removed
White-tailed spiders are not poisonous and can be relocated outside your home. They are also not aggressive and will only bite as a last resort. If you find a white-tailed spider in your home, you don't need to panic. You can remove it and take the necessary precautions to make sure it never comes back.
It's important to remember that white-tailed spiders prey on curtain-web spiders, daddy-long-legs, redback spiders, and black house spiders and while you continue to have these spiders inside your home; then you're likely to have white-tipped spiders.
You can read more of our tips on how to keep spiders out of your home, but the easiest and most reliable way is to have a regular general house spray inside and outside your home.
We hope you have enjoyed our post about the 5 myths about white-tailed spiders and the truths behind them. It is important to be educated about the spiders that can be found around Adelaide and the Hills region, particularly the white-tailed spider. We hope that you have learnt more about these spiders and that you are able to avoid them and their prey when possible. If you have any more questions about spiders or any other pests, please feel free to call us or book online. We are always happy to help.