One of the largest spiders in the world lives right here in our backyards. The huntsman spider is a giant in the spider world and can induce fear in even the calmest of individuals. Thankfully, this monster spider is usually quite harmless. The following are answers to some of the most common questions concerning the huntsman spider.

What does a huntsman spider look like?

Huntsman spiders are extremely large, with a leg span of up to 30 cm. The legs are attached in a way that they appear to go sideways from the body. This gives them a crab-like walking motion. Huntsman spiders vary in color, but the upper part of their bodies are generally brown or grey. The undersides may consist of black and white markings with reddish patches over the mouth area that are believed to be warning signs telling other animals to keep away.

Why are they called “huntsman”?

These spiders are known as huntsman because of the way that they chase down their prey. Huntsman spiders are extremely fast and hunt and forage for prey, rather than building nests to trap them. They typically eat insects, small invertebrates, and sometimes even skinks and geckos.

Where do huntsman spiders live?

Huntsman spiders live in tropical and warm, temperate climates. They are plentiful along the eastern part of Australia. They mostly choose to make their homes under rocks or in crevices of tree bark, but sometimes they will also wander into sheds and garages.

Do huntsman spiders bite?

Huntsman spiders will bite humans if disturbed. They have a strong bite and may hold on for a time. Bites may be painful, but they usually do not cause any long term complications. If someone has asthma or is sensitive to the venom, they may experience more pronounced effects. Symptoms from huntsman spider bites may include: local swelling, pain, nausea, headaches, vomiting, irregular pulse rate, and sometimes even heart palpitations.

What should you do if you see a huntsman spider?

The first thing to remember is not to panic. It may be quite frightening to come across a spider that big, but huntsman spiders are not out to hurt you. They do a wonderful job eating your unwanted insects and pests, so the best thing to do is leave them alone. If you find one in your home or shed, you can carefully scoop the spider into a container and release it outside, away from your home.

Sunshine Coast Spider Control

Although most spiders, including huntsman spiders, are not dangerous, you probably still don’t want them in your home. One of the best things you can do to keep spiders and other household pests away is to hire a professional pest control company to do regular treatments. Residual insecticides can be applied around your home to form a barrier that will keep pests away for long periods of time. For help with Sunshine Coast spider control or dealing with other pests, contact Radar Pest Control today. We are here to keep your family safe and pest free.