Size: Body length (excluding legs): Female: 8–15mm Male: 7–10mm Size: (including legs): Female: 20–32mm Male: 16–22mm Dark shiny body.
The abdomen has some pale markings on the top, and there is a creamy coloured band all around the front. Usually found in houses and out buildings, feeds on flies and other small insects.
In general, the life cycle lasts about 1-2 years and the females usually live longer than the smaller males. The white, spherical egg-sacs are produced at intervals, their number depending on the food supply. Eggs hatch within 2-4 months.
Where spiders require controlling, this is usually achieved by physical collection and web destruction by vacuuming. This may not be suitable with species such as the False Widow, and in such instances control may be achieved by the removal of prey. This may involve the use of insecticidal sprays to control prey and/or predator.
Products to control False Widow Spider:
Eradisect Flying and Crawling Insect Killer (600ml)
Green Hero Frost Spray (500ml)