Funnel-Web Spider Control in Your Garden

Hexathelidae: Atracinae

Spiders are among the most feared and misunderstood animals on earth. Spider phobia (arachnophobia) is a real thing for some people, and it is not helped by sensationalist media reporting. Funnel-web Spiders top the list of the most feared spiders in Australia.

There are 35 species of spiders in Australia which are described as ‘funnel-webs’ (subfamily Atracinae). They are found in eastern Australia - including parts of Tasmania and South Australia. Funnel-web Spiders do not occur in Western Australia or the Northern Territory.

The most notorious funnel-web is the Sydney Funnel-web Spider (Atrax robustus) which is considered to be the deadliest spider in the world. From 1927-1980, 14 deaths were reported due to Sydney Funnel-Web Spider bites. No deaths have been reported since the development of antivenom in 1981.

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