New Zealand is home to about 2500 kinds of spiders, most of them harmless to people.
Spiders are predatory creatures and spin webs in order to catch their insect prey. Webs around your home can look unsightly, dirty and can generally cause great annoyance. Only some spiders are capable of biting humans.
Spiders tend to come out of hiding during autumn and winter, as they look for a mate in order to lay eggs. They lay their eggs inside silken sacs, which can contain up to 100 eggs. These sacs are often carried on the body of the female or concealed inside their web.
Common spider questions:
What kind of spiders live in NZ?
There are two species of spiders in New Zealand that should be avoided: the katipo (an endangered species) and the White-tailed spider.
The White-tailed Spider is a fine-featured spider that has a light grey/brown body, brown-striped legs and a distinctive cream/white tip on its tail. Sometimes there are also additional creamy white marks on the abdomen. White-tails do not produce webs for catching prey. They produce a tangled web as a nest and actively hunt other spiders. The bite of a White-tail is venomous and is painful but not usually dangerous.
Where can I find them in my home/property?
Spiders can be found in dark, warm and narrow spaces, leaving behind spider webs. Some species choose to stay outside, creating spider webs in the backyard, close to outdoor lights or in burrows found in the ground. You should also check damp areas (e.g. basements, sheds), attics, wardrobes, cornices, and storage boxes. You might also find spiders in places where you have a lot of other, smaller insect activity.
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Our trained technicians will provide the solution to all your spider problems.
The prime objective of any spider control treatment is to locate and directly treat spider harbourage and breeding sites; i.e all spiders currently residing in a building or structure.
Spiders often nest/reside in concealed areas for example inside cavities between building levels, inside walls, roof voids, subfloors, drains and grease traps.
The secret to successful spider control is to cover the spider with the chemical application thereby treating the spider directly. It is important to treat cracks and crevices, under seating, around down pipes, lighting, doorways, and windows externally and also, around commercial equipment where webbing may harbour spiders.