Hi guys im going to oz in movember but iam worried stiff about the spider situation!
iam aiming at staying in the cities- no camping or fruit picking lol
but iam worried stiff! do u see many?whats the deal with hostels 2?
i would be scared stiff to wake up in a hostel with one of them huntsman in the room
any advice would be great
You might want to check this thread
Unless you deliberately go out of your way to look for them (like my mother does), you won't find them many places especially in the cities. It's just when you are paranoid about them like my mother and look in places that most people would not normally look that you may find them. Grow the courage, get a shoe and squash them. After killing a few your phobia should hopefully ease and you won't be too scared to kill them with some object or even tissue paper. I used to have a really bad phobia of snakes until I got up the courage to get rid of a few deadly ones and now I'm not scared of them. Huntsmans are not even poisonous and although they can bite if aggrivated, it doesn't hurt for more than a second or two. Either Squash them, or leave them alone if you see them and they will leave you alone.
[ Edit: Edited on Oct 3, 2008, at 9:09 PM by aharrold45 ]
I actually found a huntsman on my back door last night, it wasn't a huge one though.. there's quite a few of them around where I live (about 80kms north of Sydney), but there are lots of trees around so that might be why. A couple of times they have crawled out of nowhere in my car when I've been driving, very scary at the time - I have lots of huntsman stories, but don't want to scare you, but just make sure you check your shoes before you put them on. Just remember, they're not venomous and won't attack you, so don't panic if you do see one.
What spiders? You will only find them if you want to.
Seriously, in the cities - unlikely you will see many... golden rule though: just remember they're more afraid of you than you are of them! As Utrecht says
...leave them alone and they'll leave you alone...
Huntsman Spiders are relatively harmless - it's the redbacks and funnel webs you gotta look out for!! lol
Seriously though, I've spent a year in australia and only saw 1 redback - and that was in a toilet block in the outback. Don't let worrying about spiders affect your trip - you probably wont see any, unless you go looking.
Are you from the UK summer? A mate of mine found one of these in his bedroom a few weeks ago, in London.
It's so statistically small a chance of being bitten considering the number of people that been bitten and anti-venom is available.
Redbacks are apparently very timid and even if they do bite you it's rare that they actually inject venom into you. Only a female redback is toxic, they rarely leave their nest and have tiny fangs, they aren't really lethal but would be like having a heavy bee sting, unless of course you have an allergic reaction to the venom or you have some kind of other condition, or are young or old possibly.
Funnel webs are a bit more serious though, they are potentially lethal. But again venom is not always injected if bitten...
Never the less, when staying at my sisters in Sydney at first i remember like checking my bag or whatever before i lifted it up, a spider could easily get in the house and crawl over you during the night which is a bit spooky but it seems its an unlikely thing to happen although you wouldn't know it unless it bit you!
I'd be much more worried about snakes in the outback and crocs in creeks or at the river side..
[ Edit: Edited on Oct 4, 2008, at 5:08 AM by andy11 ]
A couple of times they have crawled out of nowhere in my car when I've been driving, very scary at the time
This happened to me years ago. I put the sun visor down and this massive bloody hunstman was on it a few inches from my face. I pulled over after almost pissing my pants, and lured him out of the car with an old pizza container I found in the back of the car. Scary, scary stuff!