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#4655399 - 02/03/18 11:09 PM Unwanted Australian Migrant.
Silk Offline


Registered: 07/26/03
Posts: 4556
Loc: New Zealand
My car sits out in the backyard all week, and gets covered in spiderwebs, if it's lucky every month or 2 and I'll give it a wash, that gets rid of then for a day or two. They don't concern me, although it makes the car look unloved...enough of that, we don't go there. One of my daughters has a bad case of arachnophobia, and of course she has passed that onto her daughter.

So the granddaughter and I get into the Volvo this morning, and she freaks out, there is a spider on the door sill. ''It's a White Tail !'' she says. I take a look - ''Yeah...nah, that's not a White Tail.'' 'You sure ?' ''Positive.'' After she gets out I take a closer look, and it's a White Tail alright, protecting her eggs.




I hit it with some engine start...that gets her going, for awhile. Then I finish off with Simple Green because I'm a Hippy at heart. Car washed today, inside the doors too. Looks like I need to get some sort of spider killer better than engine start.

The White Tail is an Australian spider, and has apparently been here for a long time, but they have only become really common in the last couple of decades, before that I'd never heard of them. Their bites are really bad, and it can takes years for them to heal. But experts say it's not the spider's bite, but bacteria on it's fangs that causes the ulceration. I may have been bitten by one, in bed. I woke up, and it felt like sunday morning after a drinking session, but it was wednesday and I hadn't been drinking. Off to work as per normal, and a couple of days later I've got sore and stiff muscles in my arms and back. Oh, must've been working a bit hard I thought, but I hadn't really. A week later I'm scratching my back, have a look and I see I've been bitten, and the weeks symptoms make sense.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-n...es-new-resident

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/1010...pider-speak-out

My arachnophobic daughter lives close an Auckland suburb famous for a monster spider...called the Avondale spider, the town centre is all about the spider, sculpture and stuff. She found one in her bathroom - we get the full pantomime of how big it was what she did with it. They are harmless of course, but, but...
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#4655410 - 02/03/18 11:22 PM Re: Unwanted Australian Migrant. [Re: Silk]
Shannow Online   content


Registered: 12/12/02
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Loc: 'Stralia
Yep, that's one for sure.

We know a lady in town who had shocking skin grafts as a result.

Manuka honey, with a high potency factor is a must if they start to ulcerate.

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#4655411 - 02/03/18 11:23 PM Re: Unwanted Australian Migrant. [Re: Silk]
Leo99 Offline


Registered: 03/30/14
Posts: 3041
Loc: NJ
Lots of nasty bugs in Oz/NZ.

I'd never make it there. Might need to hire a 5 year old kid to protect me from the creepy crawlies.
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#4655419 - 02/03/18 11:39 PM Re: Unwanted Australian Migrant. [Re: Silk]
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Registered: 08/28/17
Posts: 157
Loc: South Texas
Ive seen a huge black widow spider make its way into the cab of my grandmas car
And make a Web right at the top of the seatbelt...where you throw your hand up
To grab the buckle...hahahaha
She didnt even notice but i did lol
Perhaps maybe spray a little bug poison
right in the doorsill?
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#4655425 - 02/03/18 11:43 PM Re: Unwanted Australian Migrant. [Re: Insertcoolname]
Shannow Online   content


Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 39858
Loc: 'Stralia
Originally Posted By: Insertcoolname
Ive seen a huge black widow spider make its way into the cab of my grandmas car


I think I could run out the back and photo at least 10 Redbacks...that's Aussie Black widows, they are everywhere.

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#4655430 - 02/04/18 12:15 AM Re: Unwanted Australian Migrant. [Re: Silk]
Silk Offline


Registered: 07/26/03
Posts: 4556
Loc: New Zealand
The New Zealand Red Back or Black Widow is called the Katipo (night stinger) and lives in grasses in sand dunes. So not often you come across them, and the bite usually not fatal, although there have been deaths.
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#4655432 - 02/04/18 12:16 AM Re: Unwanted Australian Migrant. [Re: Shannow]
Insertcoolname Offline


Registered: 08/28/17
Posts: 157
Loc: South Texas
Eeew!!!
Good luck to you my friend!!!
shocked i cant even imagine

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#4655440 - 02/04/18 12:37 AM Re: Unwanted Australian Migrant. [Re: Silk]
Silk Offline


Registered: 07/26/03
Posts: 4556
Loc: New Zealand
Doing a bit of google reshearch, and the Avondale Spider is a Huntsman, and was introduced from Australia in 1924. Pretty localised for many years. They like their spider in Avondale...

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#4655441 - 02/04/18 12:39 AM Re: Unwanted Australian Migrant. [Re: Insertcoolname]
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Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 39858
Loc: 'Stralia
Originally Posted By: Insertcoolname
Eeew!!!
Good luck to you my friend!!!
shocked i cant even imagine


went out and found one...it's a bit hot in the usual places, so all webs and eggsacks, hiding spiders.

Here's their favouritest place in Australia, the water meter pit, where the tap is to turn the house water off...didn't eant to get the tool, but knew I'd find one.

It's a typical nest with egg sacks, and where the pipe leaves the pit to the left of the pic, you can see it's shiny black posterieor.



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#4655448 - 02/04/18 01:20 AM Re: Unwanted Australian Migrant. [Re: Silk]
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Registered: 08/13/11
Posts: 1948
Loc: Lakeside, CA
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#4655449 - 02/04/18 01:24 AM Re: Unwanted Australian Migrant. [Re: Silk]
hpb Offline


Registered: 08/28/14
Posts: 1209
Loc: Tasmania, Australia
Spiders I can live with, it's snakes I don't like - no snakes in NZ though, correct?
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#4655451 - 02/04/18 01:31 AM Re: Unwanted Australian Migrant. [Re: Silk]
Silk Offline


Registered: 07/26/03
Posts: 4556
Loc: New Zealand
No, no snakes here...maybe that's why my Irish ancestors chose NZ.
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#4655455 - 02/04/18 01:52 AM Re: Unwanted Australian Migrant. [Re: Silk]
hpb Offline


Registered: 08/28/14
Posts: 1209
Loc: Tasmania, Australia
Unfortunately my ancestors didn't have much say - I think the Court decided for them!! smile Living somewhere without snakes is my idea of heaven.
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#4655487 - 02/04/18 04:42 AM Re: Unwanted Australian Migrant. [Re: Shannow]
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Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 6369
Loc: Texas
Does Maldison (Malathion) encourage them to go elsewhere?

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#4655545 - 02/04/18 07:48 AM Re: Unwanted Australian Migrant. [Re: Silk]
dlundblad Offline


Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 10027
Loc: Indiana
Poisonous snakes and other dangerous reptiles I could handle, but a spider getting you is really out of your control IMO.
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