Australia is home to the fiercest creatures on Earth, from sharks and box jellyfish, to crocodiles and venomous snakes. Most of these dangerous animals live in the great outdoors though, so residents and tourists are generally safe from them.
What you need to watch out for, however, are the seemingly ordinary garden and household creatures – these can turn out to be the most dangerous Sydney pests. Knowing more about these pests is key to keeping you and your household safe as you go about your daily activities.
Bees and wasps
These winged insects are commonly associated with the warm summer months, whizzing and buzzing around while collecting pollen from nearby plants. Bees and insects are also attracted to water and sweet liquids.
As such, you may find them flying around your swimming pool, ice blocks or even your glass of fruit juice that you left on your garden porch. Be careful about swimming during the warm summer months or leaving your drinks out as these may potentially draw them nearer to your home.
Red back spiders
Swimming pools are magnets for another common pest: the red back spider. Small with a (not often visible) red mark, they like to spin their webs in dry and dark areas.
Likewise, it is not uncommon to find them near electric lights or by the water’s edge as these areas are ideal habitats for their prey such as moths, flies and mosquitoes among others.
There are over 35 species of funnel web spiders but only four have a venom that is deadly to humans. Out of this lot, the deadliest is what has been named the Sydney funnel-web spider. With its venom’s ability to kill a person within 15 minutes, it has gained notoriety for being the most dangerous spider in the world.
The Sydney funnel-web is aggressive in nature and its size makes it hard to miss, with bodies measuring up to two inches in length. Because these arachnids love dark and damp areas, it is important to check your clothes, footwear and garden tools before using them to avoid getting bitten.
Since these pests are so common, you may find yourself sharing your home and yard with some of them. Keep them away by practicing cleanliness all around your property and storing food and waste properly. Teach children the proper precautions and what to do in case they encounter these deadly creatures.
Most importantly, get the help of pest control professionals to manage your deadly pest problems and to get the peace of mind you deserve.