Pests » Spiders
We have lots of different
species in the Kapiti - Horowhenua
region. Some of the most common include the ‘Daddy Long Legs’, (below) which is found
in abundance in the corners of ceilings.
Others include small jumping spiders flourishing
during summer and ‘Orb’ spiders, responsible for those large cartwheel cobwebs
spotted in the garden.
Another species common in the area is the white tailed spider. They are often seen in and around the home, White tailed spiders are one of New Zealand’s feared spiders because of their ability to bite. These spiders mainly hunt for their prey during the night, feeding only on other spiders. Their meal preference is the grey house spider, a spider that’s really common, inhabiting small holes or cracks on the outside of houses. Therefore control of ‘white tail’ spiders often begins with removal of their food source, the grey house spider.