Warm Winter Leads to Funnel-web Surge

An uncharacteristically warm winter has led to a surge in funnel webs around Australia.

The potentially lethal spider normally hibernates in the ground in winter, but has now been awakened by the warm weather.

The Australian Reptile Park has been receiving the insects from members of the public and have been getting about two per week. Winter is normally very quiet for the park.

The park milks the spider’s venom and uses it to develop an antivenene for use around the country.  It is the only facility in the country that carries out this work

Experts are urging people to be extremely careful when trying to catch the spiders. They are advised to not use plastic containers as funnel webs can bite through them. They should also watch the park’s safety video that explains how to trap and store them safely.

The CSIRO said that bites from the spider have proven fatal in the past.

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/mild-winter-gives-a-warm-welcome-to-funnelwebs-20130810-2ror3.html



With Competitive Pest Control Services you’ll never have to worry about paying for a job that hasn’t been done.

If you’re not satisfied with our services, we’ll not only give you your money back, we’ll return it to you twofold. That’s right: you’ll not only receive a full refund, we’ll also pay to have your pest problem sorted by our competition.

We’re always trying to raise the standard of service, it’s one of the reasons we were name Australian Pest Manager of the Year four times in the past six years. When you employ our services, you know your pest problem will soon be a distant memory. What could be more satisfying than that?

Talk to us about pest control for your home or business