in New Zealand there are around 2500 Spider species most of them are pretty harmless to humans and only a couple are capable of biting people.
The main spiders to be afraid and aware of are the Katipo, Redback and the White Tailed Spider. The Redback and the Katipo are the only venomous spiders here in New Zealand however the bites are extremely rare and there are anti venom available. Spiders are often foragers looking for food in cavities where they can hide and protect themselves from larger prey. They are live prey predators and often kill their prey by secreting juices to dissolve the prey and therefore suck the food once liquefied.
Spiders can increase their own body weight by 50% and can eat their own weight in just one meal.Spiders can go without food for up to one year although this is very rare.
Most Spiders move slower when the weather is colder however hunting Spiders move faster although only in short bursts however most spiders move slowly.The slower spiders are often known as web spiders living in spider webs waiting for capture of their food like flies and smaller spiders. Spiders make many forms of webs in the home often in corners of the ceiling and have oil on their legs to stop them sticking to the web itself although hunting spiders have small brush of hairs on their legs allowing them to stick to surfaces therefore enabling them to walk upside down.
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White Tail Spiders are native to Australia and both common species have been introduced here in New Zealand. They are vagrant hunters who often seek out their prey rather than spin webs to capture it. They are most active at night time which is why most human bites appear in the sleep and they generally hunt out other prey mainly the common black house spider.They do not build webs at all and are mainly found outside although when inside they are looking for food. They can walk on glass due to specialized hair on their legs. They often wander about beds and clothing.
The common misnomer regarding White Tail Spider bites is that they produce the necrosis ulcer following a bit however this is not the case and no studies have found in over 130 cases that this is the case. Most cases of White Tail Spider bites only leave a red mark and some annoying itching and swelling. Any necrosis is often found from some other source.
Some people have allergies to White Tail Bites and if a specific treatment is necessary please contact Mayfair Pest control for a quote.
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