Canberra - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there any unusual problems with insects or other infestations in housing?

We didn't have any issues with bugs - notwithstanding what everyone says about Australia. We did see a few redback (like black widows) spiders, but they never bothered us. We had a pretty large Hunter spider in our house at one point, but it was significantly smaller than the one we had in Kinshasa - and they are harmless (in fact, they eat the bad spiders, so they are better than harmless). Otherwise, we didn't see much in the way of bugs other than a few flies and mosquitos in summer. - Aug 2020

Tons of spiders and black flies. - May 2012

Lots of black flies, but those are little more than an annoyance. There are poisonous spiders and I see them quite often. They come into the house when it starts to get cold, but they aren't aggressive and antidote is available if you are bitten. - May 2011

Lots of black flies and mosquitos - Dec 2010

Be careful of redback spiders which are poisonous. - Nov 2010

Many different kinds of poisonous spiders and scorpions! I had them all in my house at one time or another. We also had a HUGE fire ant problem outside. The pest control company we called brought a small army of people to get rid of them. - Apr 2010

Venous spiders. - Oct 2009

Ahhh Australia has tons of insects. The most bothersome but not deadly is the common house fly which are in mass quantaties anytime the temperature is over 70 degrees. Canberra has lots of spiders including red backs which are poisonous. Lots of ants too and wasps and and and... - Apr 2009

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