BROWN HOUSE SPIDER
The brown house spider is often confused with the red back spider as it has a similar body shape and webbing. This spider can often be found in dark places inside your home. Externally sheds, under empty plant pots or among general refuse.
- Cupboard Spider
- Dark Comb-footed Spider
- False Black Widow
- The female are up to 1.2cm and the male being slightly smaller
- Mottled cream to brown in colour
- The legs are reddish brown and are slender & shiny
- Legs can span up to 25mm.
- Spider but does not inflict a dangerous bite.
- Web may include a curled leaf as a retreat for the spider.
- In webs without the retreat, the spider sits among the tangle and when disturbed, drops and lies curled up and still until the apparent danger has passed.
- The female produces many white to cream egg sacs
- The egg sacs are suspended within her web
- The female lives for about 2 years
- The male only lives for a few months
- After mating the male is usually eaten
- Builds untidy, tangled webs
- Webs can be found on walls, under eaves, around garage doors and among leaves on trees and shrubs.
- Undisturbed dark areas are ideal for this spider
- In a cupboard signs of a brown house spider could be white specs of spider droppings
- Bites can be painful but not fatal
- Symptoms include mild nausea, headache and the formation of an itchy red welt at the bite site.