Eight legged beasties
This is one for all those already over there. Much as I would like to bury my head in the sand and pretend I'm never going to see any spiders I know I'm going to have to face my fear at some point. So what I need to know is whats the largest one I'm likely to have to deal with? How often am I likely to see them? (Please tell me it won't be a daily occurance). Finally is there any effective way of keeping them out of the house. All advice gratefully received.
Jen & Ian
Hi Jen and Ian,
The largest spiders I've seen around the house since arriving in Oz two years ago are Huntsman Spiders but I'm told their bite is nothing more than a wasp sting but I don't intend to get close enough to check this theory out. If I see one I get my hoover and suck the HS up through the hose, spraying them with bug spray doesn't seem to have any effect on them at all, the hoover is far more effective. We've had a few Redbacks outside and in the garage but a good dose of bug spray sorts them out.
I'll agree with BJF.
Originally Posted by BJF
I've been here nearly seven years and have been hissed at,spat at ,jumped at and stared at by all sorts of beasties.Including spiders ,scorpions and snakes.
I'm still here :-)
Most beasties are more afraid of you than you are of them.
The beasties are a lot less common in the central suburban areas.
We live on the fringe so we are going to see more.
Our current guest in a rental we have told me they met their first Huntsman spider yesterday.They coped with it - "Welcome to Australia" I said :-)
Read some of my other post - including the Thread "White Tip"
Are you sure about that :shock: :shock: :lol: :lol:
Originally Posted by Tyke
Originally Posted by dglamoore
That's what I keep telling myself
I REFUSE to swim in the sea though.That is a terrible fear I have.
Hence the pool we have built.
With your pool why would you want to go in the sea!!!!!! It is gorgeous and I am extremely jealous :lol: :lol:
Someone I know is hoping to emigrate to Perth and was told there are a lot of flys, especially the more inland you go. He says you get off the plane and someone hands you your personal fly..and it's with you for life!
Is it the same in Adelaide. Not that I'm "that" bothered..coming from the famour "midgie" land.
Have seen lots of threads about flies and mozzies in Adelaide (could be interesting as I am allergic to mozzie bites :roll: ) and the infamous aussie wave :shock:
Originally Posted by rockpool crab
Guess it is something else to get used to 8) OH hates flies so will be running around like a mad man with bug spray!!
Well folks all I can say is when we visited Ayres rock (sorry cannot spell its correct name at the moment) we had to wear fly nets over our faces it was so bad :( :( It really did my head in and wow what a fashion accessory.. stunning. :oops:
Anyway I was told it only happened a couple of weeks per year and really only in land so heres hoping.
Dont know if any of our friends already in SA can let us know for sure as I am a mozzie magnet :shock:
Yeah, we visited Uluru once too (in March) and the flies were a serious pain in the butt. So many of them and they always go for the face! :x Why these flies are so desperate to land on your nose, go up your nose or in your eyes I'll never understand. UK flies are much easier to live with.
Thankfully they aren't all year round. In all the places I've visited in Australia, Uluru had to be the worst place for them. We lived in Wynn Vale and Golden Grove in the North East and didn't really get bothered by them, but then we built our house at Walkley Heights and was bombarded with them. Perhaps thats because of the mass building that was going on in that area I don't know. Guess its hit and miss. One of them fly net hats are great for keeping them at bay, but ooohhhh ssooooo unfashionable...