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1. Posted by purplefish (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y


I'm going to Oz next month with a 12 month working holiday visa but not much money so I'm willing to do any job I can get. Just wondered if anyone has any experience of fruit picking and if you come across a lot of spiders when you're doing it? I'm very worried about the spiders :S

Thanks a lot :)

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

This question pops up every now and then.
Here is an example, with further threads pointed out as well;)

3. Posted by richdarich (Budding Member 24 posts) 7y

Dont mean put you off but my mate did banana picking n found a massive spider as big as his hand hiding in the bananas lol... it was harmless but it happens my x-gf brother found a massive spider in the hostel room n stood on it n killed it they are common but wont hurt you... im more worried bout the salt water crocs personally.

I think fruit picking ur going have higher chance finding creepies but just dont mess with them and you be fine! good luck !!!

4. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

haha yeah mate sorry to say but you're gonna see heaps of big spiders! It's australia! I actually saw a giant spider eating a small bird!

5. Posted by cindyjoe (Inactive 23 posts) 7y

Watch the movie Arachniphobia 10 times before you go and maybe that will help.

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5790 posts) 7y

Just be sure to wear gloves and take heart in the knowledge that no one has died from a Redback or Funnel Web bite since antivenoms were developed respectively 50 & 30 years ago.

Most spiders you see are not very dangerous at all. The scariest looking ones, the Huntsmen are often said to be harmless. This isn't quite true. Their bite does hurt and some bites have "caused prolonged pain, inflammation, headache, vomiting and irregular pulse rate" . But really, these things are terrified of you and will scuttle away when they see you. The real danger is in fact not their bites, but the fear they strike. Car accidents can easily happen if one of these pops up in your car, as they do like to do! So the best way to stay safe is to NOT be scared.

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

...Snakes on the other hand...

8. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 7y

You may find the odd spider (mostly small spiders), but as for them being everywhere like some of the posts in this thread say they are just trying to scare you. Unless you are like my mother who seems to go out of her way to find them (or you go bush) then you'll be lucky to see anything more than a daddy long legs spider a day. Like Peter says most the spiders you see are not dangerous. I was once bitten by a huntsman spider and it stung for a few seconds and then nothing else happened, so I think for the effect Peter says it would want to cling on to you for quite a while and you be pretty unhealthy for you to have that much of an issue if by some very slim chance you got bitten.

Those people like yourself that are scared of spiders should look at the death rate of people getting bitten by spiders and compare that to the death rate of people getting killed or injured by a car walking the street. You'd find that the figures suggest walking the street you are far more likely to get killed by a car than you are to have anything happen by a spider. I'm sure if statistics were actually available for the amount of spiders on earth you'd find a hell of a lot more spiders are crawling the earth than we have cars operating on the roads and yet it wouldn't stop you walking down the street knowing that you have a remote chance of being killed by an out of control car.

9. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

yeah listen to the aussies here. it's nothing to worry about. but if you go fruit picking you will see lots of them. but unless you are in bad health or allergic you don't have anything to worry about.

if you get bit just go to the hospital if you're not feeling good.

now jellyfish on the other hand....

10. Posted by caiti (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y

hi purplefish, im also going 12 months and doing a bit of fruitpicking, im also terrifeid of spiders, to the point where i completely panic. Im trying hypnotherapy before i go, also EMDR is a very effective method for phobias.
its easy for people to say 'theyr more scared of you,' doesnt really help the phobia people!
as the aussies say tho theyr not everywhere but if u do encounter 1 just try to keep calm and get someone to chuck em outside/move them for you, or wait until they bugger off.
hope you cope ok!