Black House Spider
The black house spider (Badumna insignis) is common in Tasmanian houses and gardens. In nature they will usually nest in rough barked trees. It is when they venture to civilisation that they become problematic, as they tend to build webs in corners, along windows and doorways and in lights that they use to attract prey. Webs are usually funnel shaped.
The bite is poisonous but is not “considered” dangerous. Many people however to react badly to this spider’s bite, which is excruciatingly painful, and may feel symptoms of nausea, vomiting , sweating and occasionally skin legions have developed.
The spider is between 10-18mm long at the body, black/brown with a greyer abdomen covered in fine hair.