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Wolf spider infestation

By Padoof 4 January 2011 40

My garden seems to have quite a number of burrowing wolf spiders (google search indicates this species), I’m sure that the 20-odd I’ve counted so far classifies as an infestation when one gets the heebie jeebies each time a new burrow is discovered.

Before I go down the path of calling a pest control company (recommendations would also be appreciated), I was wondering if anyone had any knowledge about these critters?  My basic maths of ‘if one spider has a hundred babies, and they have babies’ just horrifies me, it’s time to have this looked into.

It also doesn’t help to recall the story of the Newcastle backyard which had to be excavated due to a spider infestation, this magnifies the heebie jeebie factor somewhat.

Thanks in advance!

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RiotFrog 3:04 pm 06 Jan 11

How can you see this is not a cute face?

(picture of one I found up on Urambi Hills)

motleychick 10:58 am 06 Jan 11


Don’t be too concerned.”

From the website – ‘There are several species of hunting wasps which target wolf spiders, paralyzing them with their sting and then dragging it to a burrow. There the wasp lays an egg on the spider’s body, which then becomes the first meal for the wasp larva when it hatches.’

Ummm… Wow.

la mente torbida 10:55 am 06 Jan 11


What can I say…I’m a spider type of guy

AngryHenry 9:51 am 06 Jan 11

@ la mente torbida

“Spiders need certain conditions to live and breed. Take these away, no more spiders.”

It’s part of a more “wholisitic pest control plan”, at least that’s what the pest control guys tell me.

I think I have been duped. How can we have environmentally friendly pest control if part of said pest control strategy is to change the environment?

Look, as long as it doesn’t hurt me, my dogs or my birds I don’t really care if it destroys everything else in the yard. After finding and killing over a dozen red backs and several egg sacks, they can use whatever it takes.

Thank you for bringing me to my senses and empowering me to transcend the bullshit.

Yours truly,


astrojax 9:08 am 06 Jan 11

blub, i read your or just diy. as just ‘die’… poignant misreading, what.

T1G3R 9:51 pm 05 Jan 11

wolf spiders have been rumored to give ulcerating bites like white tips but no one is really sure. They dont bite much fortunately but it does creep me out seeing all their babies hitching a ride on momma spider, all moving around in one shimmering scary mass on her butt.

breda 3:33 pm 05 Jan 11

“New species of things to move in to the gap you’ll leave in the food web, either long-term infestations of small predators (wasps, other small insects) or suffer occasional migrations of larger ones (lizards, snakes, birds dstroying you garden, etc)”

Gosh, none of those things happened when I had my place sprayed for spiders. I must be excommunicated from Gaia.

I wish I had more lizards, snakes and birds. I’ve got quite a few, but wouldn’t mind more. And, how do they destroy the garden? Mine eat bugs and slugs.

georgesgenitals 1:03 pm 05 Jan 11

“Oh, and if you do commit to outdoor pest removal\fumigation, be prepared for
A) overabundance of species which would otherwise have been eaten (ants, moths, aphids, earwigs, centipedes, bugs and beetles)
B) New species of things to move in to the gap you’ll leave in the food web, either long-term infestations of small predators (wasps, other small insects) or suffer occasional migrations of larger ones (lizards, snakes, birds dstroying you garden, etc),

Or if you don’t want A or B;
C) Regularly paying the pest fumigators to drop by and do your entire house every couple of months until the day you realise its been futile, as you’ve suddenly removed the insectivorous predators from your garden, paving the way for everything so inclined to infest your house.”

Sounds almost like a Chuck Norris movie!

Solidarity 1:01 pm 05 Jan 11

@la mente torbida

Wolf spiders are environmentally friendly, and they control pests.

la mente torbida 10:34 am 05 Jan 11


How can a pest controller be environmentally friendly?

karen_c 9:06 am 05 Jan 11

“Johnboy how about an “Images of Canberra – Spider Week””

Can we have at least a week’s warning for this one so I can avoid this site for the duration. Ugh!

AngryHenry 8:52 am 05 Jan 11

Yep I know red backs aren’t as dangerous as a lot of urban myths would state but I for one am not going to risk the pain of a bite on me or a potentially more lethal one on my doggies if I can solve it with some simple environmentally friendly pest control.

facet 8:24 am 05 Jan 11

Mrs Facet was recently bitten by a Wolf Spider – it proved fatal for the spider.
Johnboy how about an “Images of Canberra – Spider Week”

breda 11:43 pm 04 Jan 11

niftydog said:

Funnelwebs in Canberra is a myth I reckon. Anyone ever seen one?
Oh yes. Had one living in my yard. But the ones we get here are like those you find in the mountains and in Victoria, which are not the same as the kind you find around Sydney (saw plenty when I lived there). Ours are smaller and less aggressive, thankfully.

Pandy 11:35 pm 04 Jan 11

Wolf Spiders are cute and tame.

It is the Face Spiders that you have to be worried about. They live in your wardrobe though in the middle of the night they also live in mattresses.

ConanOfCooma 8:46 pm 04 Jan 11

Skidbladnir: You don’t have snakes, lizards and other insects when you rule the fauna of your backyard with fire and agony.

That’s the reason the dog won’t come to me.

terubo 8:25 pm 04 Jan 11

With that many holes around your house, you should be very concerned, Padoof.

I well remember fearful whispers about the rural cottage that collapsed into a similar catacomb of spider homes, with the hapless trapped inhabitants – an elderly couple in their 80’s with three cats – consumed alive by vengeful Wolf spiders and other bloodthirsty insects.

Local authorities stepped in very rapidly to prevent details of the event reaching the ears of the outside world, and the ‘hush’ campaign was hugely successful.

Thumper 8:11 pm 04 Jan 11

Toriness, redbacks are extremely painful, unbelivavly so. But the venom moves through the lymph system so moves very slowly. Unlike most venomous bites, do not bandage a redback bite. Just ring triple 000.

You won’t die.

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