Their brown hairy legs evoke images of bird eating spiders in the amazon, whilst their beady eyes are reminiscent of Aliens bent on invading earth. But are they dangerous?”

Not too long ago we did a post on “The 5 most Dangerous spiders of Australia”. On that list were not only some of the most dangerous spiders in Australia, but the world. However, there was a suspicious omission, one spider not on that list, one spider that’s uncannily Australian, hideously fearsome looking, the terrifying but often misunderstood, huntsman. Certainly no other spider elicits the fearful response that huntsman’s are greeted with. Their brown hairy legs evoke images of bird eating spiders in the amazon, whilst their beady eyes are reminiscent of Aliens bent on invading earth.

The Huntsman is unlike most spiders, in that it doesn’t make a web. It wanders around looking for prey, which is where it gets its name the Huntsman, as it goes a hunting. Because of this method of catching food, it’s more likely than other spiders to cross paths with humans, simply because it wanders around a larger area, rather than remaining hidden in a web in a corner of the house. All that aside . Are they dangerous though?

It all depends on what you classify as dangerous. Is it venomous? All spiders have venom, but the Huntsmans venom hasn’t been shown to be harmful to humans. Do they bite? They do, but only when provoked, (wouldn’t you if someone was putting their fingers into your mouth?) In fact, huntsman are more defensive than offensive, and are more likely to run away than bite.  threatened They’re bites cause some local pain, but not much else, with the exception of those who might have an allergic reaction to the bite.

Ok, they’re not venomous, and are unlikely to bite, what danger to they pose? Well, aside from swerving off the road in fright as one crawls across the windscreen, their unlikely to pose much harm at all.

This is a different case though when you have little ones at home. Especially the ones that aren’t scared of Huntsmans and only want to play and prod the hairy arachnids, or worse put them into their mouths. As we’ve discussed most insects you find in the home are poisonous when eaten, and can make you sick, doubly so if you’re an infant.  As long as you don’t eat the Huntsmans in your home, they’re unlikely to be of harm. If this blog hasn’t put your fear of huntsman to rest, or you do have little ones you need to protect, give Flick a call on 13 14 40 to chat with us on how we can protect your home from spiders or other pests.