It usually comes a big suprise when we say that no one has died in Australia as a result of a Spider bite since the 1970's!
That aside though if you have a phobia of spiders, snakes, or huge buzzing winged beasts Australia is probably not for you although the reality is much less dramatic and there really is nothing to worry about. pest control costs between $200 and $500 a year depending on the size of your property and takes care of most nasties lurking around the home.
It’s all about common sense at the end of the day and you are 300 times more likely to drown than be devoured by the local man eating shark! And although spider sightings are common bites are considerably less so. There are lots of first aid courses in Australia and if they don’t save your life the skills you will acquire may well save the life of a family member or someone else and preparing for creepy crawlies in Australia is still a very real and serious thing.
Familiarise yourself with the different types of spiders and know your Funnel Web from a Red Back – this type of information can be vital when dealing with a bite and when speaking to the Emergency Services.
Spiders are very common creepy crawlies in Australia and in the first few months of emigrating you will find yourself checking everything, pulling back the duvet before jumping in after a hard day, shaking your shoes and boots before you put them on and even checking under the loo seat before you site down. there is nothing wrong in doing this! You are after all moving to a new life on the other side of the World.