Spiders and Pest Control

Types of Spiders and Effective Pest Control in Auckland 


Spiders are familiar in homes and outdoor areas in Auckland. It is essential to understand the different types of spiders you may encounter and how to control them effectively. At Auckland Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control, we provide reliable and professional services to help you deal with spider infestations. Our dedicated team of licensed and certified experts meticulously adhere to all the essential regulations.

Types of Spiders Found in Auckland 

One will commonly come across several species when dealing with spiders in Auckland. These include: 

  1. House spider: Found in corners of rooms, closets, and dark crevices.
  2. Wolf spider: Beneficial to farmers and gardeners as they prey on crop pests such as caterpillars, plant bugs, and aphids. 
  3. Cellar spider: Often found in basements and garages. 
  4. Fishing spiders: are commonly observed near bodies of water, showcasing their habitat preference. 
  5. Rarely Black Widow: delivers a nasty bite and requires cautious handling.

Spider Characteristics and Behaviour

Spiders have an unsegmented body with two primary sections and four pairs of walking legs. They possess specialised body parts for creating silk, which they use to produce nests, webs, and cocoons for their eggs. Most spiders have eight eyes, although they are generally nearsighted. While spiders prey on insects, only some species are web spinners.

Many use various techniques to capture their food. Hence, spiders are primarily nocturnal, shy, and tend to avoid confrontation. Moreover, they prefer to run away rather than bite, and they will typically only bite humans if they sense danger, such as being squeezed or held. However, it’s crucial to note that black widow spiders are highly venomous and can cause severe human reactions. 

Benefits of Spiders and Pest Control 

Despite their intimidating reputation, spiders are valuable contributors to pest control. They help keep the insect population in check by preying on common pests. Wolf spiders, in particular, play a significant role in protecting crops by targeting crop-damaging insects like:

  • caterpillars,
  • plant bugs,
  • aphids.

While spiders rarely bite humans, it’s essential to exercise caution if you come into contact with a black widow spider. If bitten, staying calm and seeking immediate medical attention is advisable. In addition, applying a cold compress to the bite area can relieve swelling and pain.

Professional Pest Control Services in Auckland 

When dealing with spider infestations or other pest control issues in Auckland, Auckland Steam n Dry Pest Control is your reliable partner. Indeed, our experienced team, led by Graeme Stephens, an IICRC Master Restoration Technician with over 36 years of industry experience, provides thorough and effective pest control services. Aside from that, we are a fully licensed pest control service that complies with the Department of Pesticide Regulation and Pest Authority, ensuring our work’s highest standards of professionalism.

Indeed, we prioritise the safety and satisfaction of our customers. See more on our insect control Auckland Service Reviews.

To schedule a spider and pest control service in Auckland, please contact Auckland Steam n Dry Pest Control at 0800 199 399 or via email. We are here to assist you and ensure a pest-free environment for your home or business.


Last Updated: 13 May 2024 By Graeme Stephens

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